Gradually, more and more research is confirming that the anti-plus propaganda that is being spouted by the medical industry and the media is a hoax, and that in fact, being thin
is bad for women's health, while being full-figured is the healthier condition.
A new article from the Daily Mail
lays out the most comprehensive case yet for the health detriments of being underweight, and conversely, the health benefits
of being full-figured.
Here are some of the core points:
Being too thin can be seriously unhealthy.
This is just the latest piece in a growing body of evidence that shows how being skinny can expose people to a range of serious problems.
These include a raised risk of miscarriage, lung disease...infertility and even death in car accidents.
Last week’s study showed that a gene called IRS1, which keeps some people skinny, is linked to a raised risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This ‘lean gene’ is only part of the picture. The research is still in its infancy, but scientists have calculated that being underweight is associated with 34,000 deaths a year in the U.S.
Sian Porter, a consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, says that underweight people are often unaware that any of their health problems may be due to their size.
One of the causes of problems may be hormonal. Thin people can lack oestrogen, the ‘female’ hormone that is important for the well being of women.
Lack of body fat is also linked to the loss of other chemicals essential for physical and mental health.
Women who have always been thin are at a raised risk of hip fractures in middle age, according to a study of 3,683 women in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Hip fractures are a leading cause of injury among women in middle age and death among older people.
The thinner a woman is, the lower her bone density. Fat fuels oestrogen production, which the body needs for healthy bones. Too little oestrogen can make bones porous and brittle.
It gets better. Not only does the article point out the health hazards of being underweight, but -- and this is truly encouraging to see -- it advises women to gain weight for the sake of their health,
and even tells them how to do it.
This is an undeniable sign of progress:
One strategy for preventing bone breakage in...women is to put on a few pounds. The study in the Archives Of Internal Medicine found that a weight gain of at least 10lb... appeared to increase bone density and reduce the fracture risk.
Other studies have found that a weight gain from underweight to normal after the age of 25 is associated with a reduced risk of a broken hip.
Dietitian Sian Porter says it is relatively straightforward for most people who are underweight to put on pounds.
Besides osteoperosis, being less than full-figured also leads to heart disease:
Underweight people who have arthritis are three times more likely to die from heart disease in middle age than people of normal weight.
Experts at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. discovered the link after following hundreds of people’s health records over 42 years. They believe thin people are more prone to the effects of inflammation elsewhere in the body triggered by severe arthritis, and this can have a deadly effect on the heart.
Furthermore, being full-figured increases a woman's chances of delivering a healthy baby, which thinness jeopardizes:
Women who have a low BMI before they become pregnant are 72 per cent more likely to suffer a miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy, a team from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has reported
According to pregnancy expert Heidi Murkoff, the oestrogen produced by fat cells is closely tied to fertility and healthy pregnancies.
Very thin women are also at risk of severe nausea during pregnancy, according to a study of 943,000 Swedish women.
In a small percentage of women, morning sickness spirals into a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. This causes unrelenting vomiting that puts them at risk of malnutrition and dehydration. The dangers for mother and foetus mean that the woman may need to be hospitalised and put on a drip.
The study found that women who are underweight before pregnancy are 43 per cent more likely to end up in hospital with the condition.
Sian Porter often sees underweight women because they are having trouble conceiving.
‘I think it’s nature protecting itself,’ she says. ‘It stops women menstruating when their food intake is limited and potentially lacking in key nutrients, because it sets off alarms about famine.’
Being underweight also leads to lung disease for women:
Slender women are more susceptible to a range of chronic lung problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma, according to a long series of studies over the past 20 years.
Research in the journal Gender Medicine suggests that this may be due to a combination of factors.
The woman’s relative lack of oestrogen may cause problems with her immune system. On top of that, she may lack adipokines — cells secreted by fatty tissue that do a vital job in running the immune system.
Thin women could also have problems with growth-factor hormones crucial to the constant maintenance of healthy lung tissue.
Throughout Western history, just as being plus-size was the epitome of female beauty, so was it considered the visual representation of health. The modern age inverted these timeless beliefs. But as in so many things, the traditional belief system turns out to have been the right one. Traditional has been vindicated once again, and modernism debunked.
Full-figured women are both more beautiful and healthier than their underweight rivals. Once and for all, let the media myths be shattered and let all plus-size women realize that they are, in fact, both the picture of beauty and the picture of health, precisely because
they are curvy and well-fed.