Fat and Sassy

my views on being larger than life.

the type 2 diabetes link December 2, 2009

So i have always thought the health factor of obesity was a overwraght chance to make money off us fatties.   There is this myth that if you are fat you will get diabetes, heart disease, blah blah blah OMG DEATHFATZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   We didn’t fall for the “you have to look good or nobody will ever love YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU”  rant the diet people have been feeding us since the 80’s.  How ever do you make the fatties who dont care about looks desperate to buy your products and lose weight?   Make them think they will DIE because of it.  

In my personal experience, quite the opposite is true.   My maternal grandfather was 650 lb at his heaviest.   As i recall, not a thing was wrong with him…he may have had bad knees, but ANYONE over 6 foot has joint problems, not just fatties.  He was active in his life and community, playing golf at least 2-3 times a week and actively rasing money for the masons and Shriners.    Nothing that is, until he had gastric bypass….then i remember him throwing up after he ate every time.  10 years after the bypass he died of pancreatic cancer.   (which as far as i know NO ONE has EVER linked to obesity)   My mother had back problems all of her life….worked as a nurse lifting people too….was a size 22 up until the last 2 years…..she lost the weight her doctor told her was causing her joint issues…and now they are even worse than before.   ON the flip side look at my very skinny paternal grandparents…..guess who takes the heart meds?   not teh fatty fatty 2×4 side of the family.  

I have thought for YEARS that yes there is a link between type 2 diabetes and obesity….but everyone wants to blame the stupid fatties (because that is how you sell us the multiBILLION dollar weight loss stuff dontcha know.)    But obesity doesnt cause weight loss its the other way around.   It’s not weight gain which causes diabetes. It’s diabetes which causes weight gain. The majority of people with type 2 diabetes (there is no such thing as Type II diabetes) have an excess of insulin in their blood, which causes the body to lay down white adipose tissue.  ( http://newslanc.com/2009/12/01/type-2-diabetes-causes-weight-gain/)    

Studies show that the idea of calorie in calorie out method is wrong…it doesnt take into account peoples metabolism.   When they did studies trying to produce weight gain through overeating, using prisoners as their test population, they found that weight gain quickly tapered off, even when the prisoners were gorging 10,000 calories per day.   Hell i worked with prader-willi clients, a genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable appetite, weight gain,  and an inability to vomit, among other things.  they were restricted to 800 calories a day and STILL didnt lose weight, even when all food was locked away and they were forced to exercise.   Even when they ran away and gorged on food, they never really gained more than a lb (the weight of the pre-digested food). After a decade of 800-calorie diets, they still were grossly obese. They switched doctors, and the new doctor relaxed things, allowing them to have 1000 calories daily. They didn’t gain a lot of weight, despite the 25% increase in food; in fact, they lost about 5-10 pounds each, on average.


3 Responses to “the type 2 diabetes link”

  1. atchka Says:

    Hey, where can I read more about that prison study? I’d never heard about that before and it sounds interesting.

    The human body is *weird*. We think we get it, but really, we have no clue.


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