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M. Lopez
24th January 2007, 17:09
Finally, a glimmer of sanity from the scientific community:

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,21111395-1702,00.html?from=public_rss

A scientific conference is confirming what we all know anyway - that there is no weight "epidemic," and never has been. It's just a hoax perpetuated by financially-compromised researchers with their own agenda, and fuelled by a mass media that blithely accepts their unfounded "conclusions," in large part due to their own inherent anti-plus biases.

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[Weight] epidemic an illusion, experts say

By Tamara McLean
January 24, 2007

AUSTRALIANS aren't getting f***** at all, according to a group of academics who claim the ob***** epidemic is a money-wasting illusion.

National and international researchers are due to convene in New South Wales tomorrow to argue that statistics supporting ob***** and its health consequences are much more uncertain than people realise...

The conference organiser, Jan Wright, says the commonly reported belief that Australians are generally f**, and growing all the time, is a “beat-up” with its own agenda.

“There's no epidemic,” says Professor Wright, associate dean of education at the University of Wollongong, which will host the event.

“There's not these radical increases in terms of overweight and ob***** like everybody thinks, so the entire argument is wrong from the start.”

Prof Wright says there is no longitudinal figures to support expanding waistlines and most calculations rely on the Body Mass Index (BMI), not an accurate marker of ob*****.

“Using that scale, the entire All Black team would register as *****, so that can't be right.”

She said many industries – especially fitness, food and pharmaceuticals – have a vested interest in perpetuating the ob***** “myth” because they can make money out of the solutions.

Many scientists also support the concept because, says Prof Wright, there is a huge amount of funding thrown at the area by governments.

“Money is a huge motivator for people to support the position that there is an ob***** epidemic,” she said, “but millions of dollars are being wasted”.

During the three-day conference, called Bio-pedagogies, academics, including people from the UK, Canada and New Zealand, will develop a plan to stay the momentum of the ob***** argument, she said...

Chad
21st February 2007, 16:06
An extensive review of a new book titled Diet Nation confirms all of these findings, and then some.

It's long, but it's worth reading in full, especially by any women who aren't already immune to diet-industry lies and propaganda:

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/printable/2782/

Some excerpts:

[a] "relatively small group of people around the world who have decided, manufactured, [weight hysteria] as a problem, and who have sold it to governments."...

"you can have people on the other side who get hundreds of thousands of [dollars] from those who have a deliberate interest in making people think they’re f**, and no-one thinks that is a question of corruption"...

the modern hysteria about getting f** has little to do with real dangers to our health, or that of our children; rather it has become the obsession of an unholy alliance of sophisticated lobby groups and junk science...

[the myth of a weight epidemic] "offers enormous commercial, financial and power-maximising opportunities for… the medical profession, academic researchers, the public health community, the government health bureaucracy, the pharmaceutical industry, the fitness industry and the weight-loss industry"...

Often, it is the same relatively small band of experts who conduct research, get paid to be consultants for industry, sit on the boards of specialist journals, and are asked to give evidence to, or advise, governments on public health policy...
What's especially notable is that, as the book's authors have determined, women who are fuller-figured are actually healthier and live longer than their starving sisters.

It's hardly surprising, if you think about it (who looks more robust and vital, a well-fed beauty with blossoming curves, or a corpse-like model with protruding bones?), but diet-industry indoctrination is so pervasive, that the public finds it hard to accept this fact:

"the people who are most long-lived in [health] studies are people who I would call “pleasantly plump” or overweight. In fact, even moderately ob*** live longer those who are the “norm”.’ The reaction he received shows how deeply imbued the panic has become: ‘People look at you like you’re someone who has two heads.’

Yet Diet Nation claims that in the arbitrary weight categories set by the health authorities and their supporters today, those who are ‘overweight’ – officially ‘ill’, according to today’s standards – live longer than those whose weight is apparently ‘ideal’
There's a long way to go before society finally wakes up and realizes what a hoax has been perpetuated on it, in terms of ideal feminine size and beauty. But at least articles like this are small steps forward. The book in question is U.K.-oriented, but its findings apply just as much to the situation in North America.

HSG
7th April 2007, 21:45
<br>This is incredibly important information, yet how predictable that it is being buried by the mainstream press, in favour of a continuing barrage of curve-o-phobic propaganda about a mythical weight "epidemic," which (as these studies reveal) doesn't even exist.

This war on full-figured femininity is being waged at the same time that <i>several</i> models have died of anorexia, and that a fashion designer's daughter has been publicly revealed to be suffering from an eating disorder.

Where is the outrage?

And let's not forget that these "celebrity" tragedies are only the tip of an iceberg that invovles tens of thousands of young women, who never receive any media attention at all, suffering and dying from these disorders as well.

What other conclusion can one derive from the fact that the media <i>propagates a weight <strong>myth</strong>,</i> while <i>ignoring a starvation <strong>reality</strong>,</i> other than that the individuals who control our culture want to <i>raise</i> the incidence rate of anorexia, and <i>increase</i> the number of young women who die from eating disorders?

Consider the ramifications of such a predicament: our culture (and the fashion industry in particular) is in the hands of individuals who are either so beholden to diet-industry money, or so biologically antagonistic to feminine curves, that they would rather have young women <i>dying</i> of self-imposed starvation, than concede that being full-figured is the healthier and more natural ideal of female beauty.

Has there ever been a more glaring case of a community working contrary to the public good, and impairing cultural well-being? How grotesquely hypocritical that, in this one area, the predominantly anti-capitalist media turns a blind eye, or even exacerbates the problem.

It is long past time that the fashion and entertainment industries took a long, hard look at themselves.

However, since expecting any positive change to develop from such self-examination depends upon the individuals who run these industries having a modicum of conscience--which they so obviously do <i>not</i>--then nothing less than external regulation will ever curb the widespread social harm that these communities inflict on young women.

For the well-being of present and future generations of girls, and for the good of our culture as a whole, it is high time that all anti-plus campaigns be stopped, and that Classical beauty be restored as the cultural standard.

Angelo Asti painting, c.1900 (reproduced as postcard), exemplifying the well-fed, full-featured, youthful ideal that was celebrated in every era prior to our own--every era in which Western culture was free of alien imposition:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/gallery/asti12.jpg"></center>