Fat and Sassy

my views on being larger than life.

Low IQ Second Only to Cigarette Smoking in Large Population Study: quick hit February 10, 2010

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“ScienceDaily (Feb. 10, 2010) — While lower intelligence scores — as reflected by low results on written or oral tests of IQ — have been associated with a raised risk of cardiovascular disease, no study has so far compared the relative strength of this association with other established risk factors such as obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. Now, a large study funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council, which set out to gauge the relative importance of IQ alongside other risk factors, has found that lower intelligence scores were associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and total mortality at a greater level of magnitude than found with any other risk factor except smoking.”

from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100209200754.htm

read that again…it means that its worse to be stupid than to be fat, at least where heart disease is concerned.   SO what are we going to do now….force folks to raise their IQ?  The took obesity smoking and high blood pressure into account….and it was smoking, followed by IQ (not heart disease, not weight) that had the biggest correlation.  The study followed 1145 men  and women around age 55 for 20 years (i love how all these long term studies are finding what the FA movement has been saying for years).  Data were collected for height, weight, blood pressure, smoking habits, physical activity, education and occupation; cognitive ability (IQ) was assessed using a standard test of general intelligence.   When they ran the mortality statistics, they were surprised on their findings.   they found that it went smoking, iq, and wealth, with activity level and blood pressure rounding out the top 5.  Where is weight?  i thought that being fat was supposed to give you a heart attack?   Oh wait…no one makes money if you stop smoking…or get smarter.   But the diet industry makes 120 BILLION dollars a year.  


the scales can lie hidden fat /headdesk January 26, 2010


i refuse to join their website and pay to see the article but i will link what is available…..boy does THIS piss me off.  so now even the skinny are fat….like fat is a new term for unhealthly…..

“Can you be normal weight and fat at the same time? (wtf kinda questing is that……isnt the definition of fat mean “overweight”)

That’s the implication of a provocative recent report from the Mayo Clinic, which suggests that fat in your body can get you and your heart into trouble even if you don’t look fat and if the scale tells you you’re healthy.”

wow just wow…now skinnies have to worry about this mystery fat that will hurt your body…lets just market diet products to a bigger and bigger audience, a wider and wider range. not fat?  you might be deep down inside,  so diet!  buy our products…theres no money in us being healthy and happy, we have to hate ourselves, fear what we eat and pay for drugs, diet food and gym memberships (just 29.99 with a contract!)    /headdesk until I bleed.


Fat bottomed girls are A-OK: new study finds pear shape protects against heart disease. January 24, 2010

In my skimmings this week I found this article http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100116104535.htm and forgot about it till today when I found it in my to do folder.  

The tone of the article annoyed me, what  with the “worrying if your bum looks big in this”  but its research appeared to be sound, and the finding really nothing surprising…We have known for years that the “bellyfat”  aka apple shape seen more on the male body shape is worse for you than the “womanly” fat of hips and butt (aka pear shaped).  This study, done by a team from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (OCDEM)  published their summary of the latest research in the International Journal of Obesity.  In fact their findings was not only is it better for you to be pear shaped than apple shaped, but it is ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU.   “However, it is only very recently that thigh fat and a larger hip circumference have been shown to promote health, that lower body fat is protective by itself.” says Dr Konstantinos Manolopoulos, one of the paper’s authors along with Dr Fredrik Karpe and Professor Keith Frayn.  wait you mean that lower bottom fat is GOOD for me?     he goes on to add that this protection is INDEPENDENT of weight.  

….and then he {of course) mentions that ‘Control of body weight is still the best way to stay healthy, and the advice remains the same: it is important to eat less and exercise more.’   wait wait…didnt you just tell me that a fat ass was ok…in fact good for me?

Basically, for you tecchies out there, both areas, waist and butt/thigh can store fat…..its easier to lose it off the waist, but that is not really a good thing..fat around the waist is much more active in storing and releasing fatty acids in response to need throughout the day. Thigh fat is used for much longer term storage.  (side note….isnt belly fat eaiser to lose too?)  but thigh fat and butt fat trap the fatty acids longer term, meaning less fatty acids in the blood to build up around organs and muscles, which is what leads to diabetes.   (so fatty acids realised by losing the fat in our bellies causes harm….hummm)  waist fat also releases cytokines which leads to inflammation and things like heart disease……(and the cytokines caused by losing belly fat causes inflamation…which leads to heart attacks and strokes.,……double hummmmm)    What they don’t come out and tell you, but you can see by reading between the lines (or my parentheses)  is….yoyo dieting, caused by loss and gain of belly fat causes heart attacks, diabetes, ect…….

it amazes me that studies can look at these issues and not see the correlations….they are soo busy looking at OMG GET SKINNY that they don’t look at their own data in an unbiased way.


I LOVE how they skew the evidence. January 21, 2010

I ran across this article while looking for obesity =health risk OMG articles:


These articles just piss me off….they claim that the study found this and this blah blah blah….but when the study refutes themselves they stick it as an afterthought at the end of the article.   And as usual I have a few questions…first off did the study account for age (I bet not, or it would say it did.) and second who funded the study….if you ever took statistics you can see it’s really easy to skew things the way you want to, you just have to word it right…as fact activists we have to get really savvy at reading between the lines and looking at the data itself not the claims.   THe baby boomers are aging, skewing the population older…and older=fatter…skew the mean age up by 5 years..f.rom say 30-35 i bet that adds 10 lbs to the average person…making some just heavy enough to be “overweight”

Returning to the article:  “Obesity appears to act by increasing the incidence of high blood pressure and diabetes, two major risk factors for stroke and other cardiovascular problems, the study indicated. When blood pressure readings and diabetes were factored into the calculations, the association between obesity was weakened, “suggesting these major risk factors explain much of the obesity-stroke association,” Yatsuya said.   And despite the mountain of evidence linking obesity and stroke, “we don’t have clear evidence that obesity reduction reduces stroke rate,” he said. Controlled trials are needed to prove that obesity prevention or reduction reduces stroke risk, he said.” (emphasis mine)

So yea, fat people get diabetes.   And diabetes =heart issues much of the time.   But weight loss has NOT been proven to help….maybe just maybe, what causes fat also causes diabetes and heart disease…and thats  GENETICS.   But, you see, genetics doesn’t make money.   So lets scare the fatties into dieting …..until they get diabetes and heart disesase….then scare them into weight loss surgery…and more drugs…adn follow up visits…and now, ten years down the line, they are 20 lbs skinner, still sick with heart issues and diabetes now will vitamin deficiencies and spend even MORE money….because health care, for the most part is NOT about health and ALL about money.  As someone with no insurance, its amazing how little push I get form the doctors to sell me diet drugs…because I can’t afford it.   SO they don’t sell me an expensive weight loss drug, I don’t have insurance to pay for it…and my numbers are good  even though i am  around 300 and well into OMG deathfat your gonna DIEEEE range and have been for over 10 years.  I am healthy and eat well (despite what many friends and family think)  i do yoga 3-4 times a week.  I PROMISE i can swim farther than you (unless you can swim like 5 miles at a stretch)


Just remember kids correlation =/= causation.