Of Umbrellas and Calorie-Storage Machines

Here’s an interesting article about two US studies that show that health problems in fat people are more closely tied to discrimination, and the resultant isolation, than to actually being fat.

In social work classes I learned that correlation does not equal causation.

For instance: More people carry umbrellas on cloudy days. This doesn’t mean that umbrellas cause rain.

So–think about this: discrimination and isolation lead to food restriction (dieting) and a feeling that you shouldn’t be seen exercising, what with the jiggling belly and bouncing boobs and all.

No one should have to look at that, right?

Also, it’s no fun to be made fun of.

So, you lose some weight, because you’re starving yourself. But then you eat again, because you’re a human being that needs food to survive. So, your body now believes that you’re in a famine and enjoys the feast, and as a result becomes more efficient at processing calories.

And then you do it  again. And again.

You don’t have to chase a wooly mammoth for dinner, and you’re still too embarrassed to be seen moving any more than necessary in public, so you get fatter as your body becomes a more and more efficient calorie storing machine.

This isn’t a new story, right? Who hasn’t heard it before?

Dieting=temporary starvation on purpose.

Starvation=not good for the human body and its systems.

The starving person gets sick, even though some people think that their body looks like it hasn’t ever seen an all-you-can-eat buffet it couldn’t put out of business.

Do you believe that rain is caused by too many people bringing umbrellas to work?

Does it make anymore sense to look at a person who is fat and sick and pretend that you know that the correlation of the two is the direct cause of the former?






Filed under body, mind, spirit

2 responses to “Of Umbrellas and Calorie-Storage Machines

  1. Emerald

    Spot on.

    I was reading a magazine article today about a woman who lost a lot of weight very quickly – not from dieting; it turned out she had celiac disease – but anyway, just as she got diagnosed and was recovering, she had to have her gallbladder removed because the weight loss had given her gallstones. Apparently this is a very common side-effect of losing a lot of weight – but doctors still classify the ‘typical’ gallstone patient as ‘female, fair, FAT and forty’. I’n guessing that the correspondence is to dieting, n0t fatness itself, but would anyone listen?

    • My husband had his gall bladder out, too. When he was just out of high school he lost 50 pounds in two months by eating one Lean Cuisine and some pretzels everyday and working out two hours a day. That kind of extremity not only cost him an organ, he didn’t even maintain the weight loss for one day. He got to 50 pounds lost, decided to eat a hot dog as a reward, and the weight started coming back on once he started eating again. Over the last 20 years, he’s gained nearly three times what he lost. But, because he ‘knows how to lose weight’, he blames himself for being too lazy to do it again. I always ask him which organ he’s willing to sacrifice the next time. Sometimes we are our own worst discriminators.

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