There is such important information here.
I’m not trying to link body size with emotional eating, as I think it’s primarily genetic. However, there are many factors involved in the big picture. Body size is definitely not simply “calories in, calories out.”
Let’s single out the emotional eating component for the sake of argument. In truth, most human beings are drawn to emotional eating to one degree or another, or there would be no such thing as “comfort food.” For my own part, I’m a large person, both tall and heavy–set. I have always been burly. As a child, I did not eat significantly more than my smaller friends. Its possible that I had a somewhat larger appetite to feed my growing big-boy self, but it wasn’t like I was eating entire pots of food all on my own. My skinny cousin rivaled me in being able to pack it in. He’s still skinny, and I’m still heavy.
When I was in my early college years, I starved myself, worked out excessively, and took advantage of the cocaine and amphetamine diet that my upper middle class financial status allowed for. Looking back, I was miserable and sometimes borderline suicidal. It was impossible for me to maintain the “ideal” body type that I was struggling to achieve.
It’s an agonizingly slow process, but articles like these can and do make a difference. I hope everyone will take a look at them.
Having been a reader of fat-acceptance writers like Kate Harding for a long time, I can safely say that there are many people/commenters who are deeply concerned that if we don’t shame and insult fat people for their weight, they won’t be motivated to lose it. This “idea” was just dealt a major blow by researchers from the Florida State University College of Medicine, who that found that shaming fat people about their weight correlates to weight gain, not loss
I’ve noticed a common theme in reporting on fat: People will report something as though it’s new and surprising, when there have been previous studies with the same result. We’ve known this for a while. Why is it never “further confirmation that fat-shaming leads to weight gain”? The same thing happens every time there’s study showing that the “overweight” BMI…
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