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Old 10th December 2009   #1
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Default The myth of unhealthy waistlines

Yet again, we come across another myth buster of the so-called "health risks with full waists," in the following article:

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Among the many studies showing no link, the most recent null studies were two independent analyses of the most precise measurements of body size, measurements and body composition available on a large representative sample of the U.S. population conducted by the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III, 1988–1994) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As senior scientists at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC and the National Cancer Institute reported, the data shows that no higher measurement of body shape or size — BMI; waist, hip or arm circumference; waist-hip ratio; waist-height ratio; skinfold thickness or body fat composition measured by bioelectrical impedance — is predictive of higher risks of dying from all causes. Nor was there a net benefit of using BMI versus another measurement. The data also found that NONE of the 21 diseases popularly attributed to ob***** — those “ob*****-related” diseases, including: cardiovascular disease, cancers (colon cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer, or pancreatic cancer) and diabetes or kidney disease — are actually associated with excess deaths at any BMI category.

....As they also noted in their review of the medical literature, while waist circumference has been more highly correlated with visceral f** than waist-hip ratio or waist-thigh ratio, studies to date have not consistently supported a correlation between abdominal f** or body f** distribution as predictive of mortality. Nor has waist circumference been consistently shown to be more strongly associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease or mortality than waist-hip ratio.

So there you have it, yet professionals STILL choose to ignore these facts!

Let's continue to share this information with each other, get more people educated about things like this.

And please excuse me now while I go fetch myself some lovely chocolate mousse to fill my beautiful, round tummy!
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Old 13th December 2009   #2
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Default Re: The myth of unhealthy waistlines

Thank you for the excellent information, Joey. It further discredits those who are trying to spread weight-epidemic hysteria. The wonder is that anyone in the media still pays any attention to their fear-mongering stories at all, when study after study has shown that not only is being full-figured healthy for women, but it is in fact better from a health perspective than being thin.

If this all seems like "new" information, it shouldn't. It is the wisdom of the ancients, as passed down in the history of art. Consider this detail image from the Rubens masterpiece Nymphs and Satyrs (c.1636). Gaze at the sensually full midriffs of his goddesses. Opulent and rounded, their figures show how robust they are, how well fed, how vital. The ideal of femininity depicted in Western art represented not just the acme of feminine beauty, but the epitome of health as well.

More than anything else, it is the absence of any visual representation of such physiques in the media that has made them seem unfamiliar, and therefore easily mischaracterized, while the bombardment of images of skeletal figures has made malnourishment seem typical. The abnormal has been normalized, while the natural has been made to seem unconventional.

Yet if the public were shown images like these on a regular basis, embodied by the plus-size models who bring this ideal to life in the modern day (or should), then society would once again appreciate these rich, luscious body types as natural, beautiful, and so obviously healthy.

- Nymphs and Satyrs, from the Prado

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