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Old 9th January 2011   #1
M. Lopez
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Default Debunking the ''weight epidemic'' myth

If there's anything that has been clearly established by now, it is that there is no weight "epidemic" (let alone an "ob***** epidemic"). The only weight-related health crisis is the epidemic of anorexia that is spreading among girls and young women around the world, reaching frighteningly young ages.

Nevertheless, the media constantly and uncritically spreads the lie that people are "over"weight, when this is simply a falsehood that the diet-starvation and exercise-torture industries have concocted to sell their wares and reap profits.

Here are a number of articles that help debunk this persistent weight myth. The following post at a body-image web log links to dozens of pages that expose the lies:

And just for good measure, here's another one. Paul Campos, who has made a career out of exposing the weight fraud, has a splendid put-down of what is basically a war on children which the U.S. government has instituted to starve them into a smaller size.

Some high moments:

By every objective measure, including life expectancy and rates of chronic disease and disability, American children, like American adults, are healthier now than they were a generation ago

The claim that life expectancy in America is going to decline is unsupported by any demographic or epidemiological evidence.

over the past 20 years, extensive research has demonstrated that weight simply ceases to have any meaningful correlation with health.

A rich literature on stigmatization shows that the health costs of social stigma are high. I donít believe Michelle Obama wants to stigmatize f** kids, but a campaign dedicated to eliminating them is guaranteed to do so in a profound way.

one wonders if the First Lady has considered that putting her pre-teen daughters on diets is far more likely to make them eating disordered rather than permanently thin.

It is high time to stop stigmatizing girls and young women for being curvy, when in fact having a full figure is much healthier than being underweight. Moreover, the myth that there is an "epidemic" of people growing heavier is a complete fiction. As Campos indicates in his article, the very opposite is true.

One wishes the media would stop acting as if it were in the pay of the diet/torture industries, would stop propagating the fraud, would begin doing due diligence, and would try to ameliorate eating disorders by promoting a curvier ideal of beauty.
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