This is a collection of health news and related links for plus-size women. Please bear in mind that many, even most of such studies are the following
1)Funded by corporations that make a great deal of money from the diet industry. 2)Inconclusive. 3)Find correlation, yes, but not causation. A triangle may be prone to cancer, but a square also being a geometric shape does NOT mean it is also prone to cancer. 4)Exaggerated and panic-inducing. The “obesity epidemic” exists in part because people never previously considered “obese” have been re-classified under an arbitrary definition of “fat.”
For more insight and understanding into this, please read Junkfood Science from the beginning.
- This article examines child-obesity, stating that 80% of our body’s composition is pre-programmed at conception.
“The most harmful misconception about obesity is that overweight people have only themselves to blame for their extra pounds. They’re often presumed to be self-indulgent and weak-willed, which explains the lack of support and understanding accorded many large children and adults.
If overeating and under exercising were the sole causes of this chronic condition, the rate of long-term dieting success stories wouldn’t be an abysmal one in fifty. A number of factors contribute to obesity, beginning with genetic inheritance.”
- A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal found that kids who could recognize a fast food commercial are more likely to be overweight – but not nearly by as much of a margin as one might think. The more concerning part of the study found that the children who recognized alcohol ads were more likely to drink and to binge drink. 59% of the children interviewed drank (out of 2500 studied.) In the study on weight, there were 3300 children studied – 33% were overweight or obese (18% overweight, 15% obese.) Classification was based solely on BMI.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables might lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Hate veggies? You might not have had them fresh enough, or you might be overcooking them. The farmer’s market shopping the past two years has been an eye and palette opener for me.
- A study at the University of Minnesota found that lack of support during life transitions like death, relationship troubles, or assault can trigger eating disorders.
- Having children does not inspire adults to eat healthier – but it doesn’t make it worse, either.
- Depressed low-income mothers are more likely to put cereal in their babies’ bottles, thus overfeeding the baby. I’m still trying to figure out the reason for adding the cereal. (?)