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M. Lopez
8th January 2007, 19:41
This rather long article was published about a month ago, but I think it's very much worth posting here, nearly in its entirety. I've blocked the offensive teminology (and there's a lot of it - which is a point in itself, showing how pervasive this hateful and wildly exaggerated language is becoming).

The original link is here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/26/nfat26.xml

but most of the article appears below.

It's shocking to discover how absolutely unfounded all of the mass media's current weight hysteria is. Especially amazing is the fact that so many studies have proven that losing weight poses a health hazard, while being full-figured does not.

The depth and extent of media brainwashing on this topic leaves me dumbfounded. It's gone beyond mere lies to an all-out systemic attempt to make the public believe complete and utter falsehoods. And no one (except for occasional voices of sanity, such as the writers who penned this article) does anything to stop it.

This madness has to end. The lies have to stop.

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[T]he ob***** epidemic is a myth manufactured by public health officials in concert with assorted academics and special-interest lobbyists. These crusaders preach a sermon consisting of four ob***** myths: that we and our children are f**; that being f** is a certain recipe for early death; that our f**ness stems from the manufacturing and marketing practices of the food industry...and that we will lengthen our lives if only we eat less and lose weight. The trouble is, there is no scientific evidence to support these myths.

Let's start with the myth of an epidemic of childhood ob***** . The just-published Health Survey for England, 2004 does not show a significant increase in the weight of children in recent years. The Department of Health report found that from 1995 to 2003 there was only a one-pound increase in children's average weight.

Nor is there any evidence in claims that overweight and ob*** children are destined to become overweight and ob*** adults.

There is not even any compelling scientific evidence to support the Government's claim that childhood ob***** results in long-term health problems and lowers one's life expectancy. In fact, the opposite may be true: we could be in danger of creating a generation of children obsessed with their weight with the consequent risk of eating disorders that really do threaten their health. Statistics on the numbers of children with eating disorders are hard to come by, but in the US it is estimated that 10 per cent of high school pupils suffer from them...Parental finger wagging increases the likelihood that children develop body-image problems as well as eating disorders...

One large-scale American study spent three years tracking almost 15,000 boys and girls aged between nine and 14 to investigate the links between body mass index and the consumption of fruit and vegetables. It found no correlation, and concluded that "the recommendation for consumption of fruit and vegetables may be well founded, but should not be based on a beneficial effect on weight regulation"...

The science linking weight to early death is flimsy, at best. Neither being f** nor moderately ob*** is associated with increased mortality risks. Last year, a US Centres for Disease Control study found the lowest death rates among overweight people. Furthermore, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that normal- weight individuals did not outlive their mildly ob*** counterparts. These findings are replicated in many studies over the past 30 years that have found maximum longevity is associated with being above, rather than below, average weight.

Nor, as is often claimed, does the nature of our diet seem to have much impact on mortality. Comparative studies analysing f** and blood cholesterol levels across different cultures fail to sustain the claims of a cause-and-effect connection between life expectancies and diets...

It is now well established that a low-f** diet does little to reduce the risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women...

There is not even evidence that the heavily-advertised, much-criticised foods such as sugary breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks make children ob***. A 2004 Harvard University study examined 14,000 children and found that junk food did not lead to ob***** .

Extensive econometric studies debunk the connection between food advertising and overall food consumption. Food advertising may influence the consumption of particular food brands. It does not, however, increase either total food consumption or the consumption of specific categories of food. All of which is consistent with the fact that caloric intake for British children has not changed significantly over recent decades. The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that, since 1983, both boys' and girls' energy intake had actually declined.

Equally unsupported is the ob***** crusaders' campaign for population-wide weight loss. While they try to convince us that we are desperately f** and that our f**ness will kill us, the truth about the risks of thinness and the large numbers of thinness-related deaths is quietly ignored. Large numbers of women suffer from anorexia, with one in five hospital cases ending in death. A survey of 5,000 British women in 2000 found that four in 10 had suffered from an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia. These numbers do not take into account the many men and women, neither anorexic nor bulimic, who place themselves at risk through their fixation with dieting...

Weight-loss campaigners also ignore evidence of an association between weight loss and increased mortality. Two American studies the Iowa Women's Health Study and the American Cancer Society study found that weight loss was associated with higher rates of mortality. Research following up the ACS study found that healthy ob*** women were, in fact, better off not losing weight. They were at less risk from cancer and cardiovascular disease than healthy women who dieted.

Ob***** crusaders believe that the nanny state has the right to define and enforce a single vision of what constitutes healthy living a good life. The government's judgment is considered inherently superior to any individual's judgment that f**ness is at least personally tolerable.

The ob***** crusade presumes a nursery nation comprised of docile infant-citizens too uncertain of their own values to be left to make their own way in a world in which an evil Ronald McDonald lurks under every archway. ob***** crusaders believe the individual has an obligation to order his life according to their judgment about health, and that the government may justifiably force him to conform if he demurs.

The lasting legacy of the ob***** crusade will be both a much f**ter government and a much thinner citizenry.

The government will be f**ter through its expanded power to shape inappropriately the lives of its citizens. Britons will be thinner in their capacity for choice, self-government, and personal responsibility.

HSG
24th January 2007, 20:45
<br>It is regrettable to be revisiting this topic so frequently. One would prefer to keep the forum exclusively directed to aesthetic matters. Even discussing these myths is in itself a step backward, a concession to the modern world. Society should be well past the past the nascent stages of mere "size tolerance" and "size acceptance," and should rather be exploring full-fledged size <i>celebration.</i>

But the brainwashing on this subject is so pervasive, and so ruinous to the self-image of young women today, that any efforts to deprogram the public deserve as much publicity as we can give them.

This hoax of a weight "epidemic" is such obvious nonsense, that one wonders how it has persisted for so long. Or rather, one wonders . . . until one realizes that history is <i>filled</i> with examples of hoaxes that are almost universally believed to be true in their own time, even though they have no factual basis.

Mass delusions all too easily take on the characteristics of religious beliefs, and in time, seem so essential to the stability of a society, that anyone who doubts them is villified as being not just ignorant, but outright <i>immoral.</i> Simply to dispute the dominant narrative becomes a kind of crime.

Sadly, the belief in a weight "epidemic" is reaching this level of belief, at least among the "chattering class." And yet--as a few brave individuals are finally revealing--it is nothing more than a tissue of lies.

A widely-held belief <i>can</i> be a hoax, no matter how transgressive it may be to say so.

The article's final observations--linking efforts at weight control to public <i>mind</i> control--are particularly chilling, and, despite the hyperbolic nature of the rhetoric, are entirely valid.

Sooner or later, the bubble that modern society lives in, that it can't see out of, must burst, and the life-affirming aesthetic values--and other values--of the past <i>will</i> be rediscovered.

Kelsey Olson--the beauty of a born princess, at Torrid (Winter 2006):<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/kelsey/torrid54a.jpg"></center><p>- <a href="http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&ITEM=512012006005" target="_blank">Click to view image source</a>

vargas
25th January 2007, 23:08
Once the media has created an ingrained belief, many other unhealthy fallacies spring forth.

It is often touted that extra weight causes all sorts of ills. Actually, the opposite is true. For example, a study published by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in 1999 found that women who had a history of dieting in order to lose weight increased their chances of developing osteoporosis. Many dieters avoid nutritious foods in the dairy food group, which are high in calcium -- and as a result, develop osteoporosis. Researchers also found that extra weight can be a protection against osteoporosis. But that kind of information is rarely mentioned on the evening news.

Even now, many in the weight-loss industry ignore this evidence, and continue to brainwash people into believing that osteoporosis is caused by eating protein-rich foods, when the actual reason is DIETING, and denying one's body the proper foods that nourish it: like dairy products that are rich in calcium. The weight-loss industry demonizes dairy foods, but for many, this is the main source of calcium in their diet.

This kind of misinformation is not only irresponsible, but dangerous to people's health.