Fat and Sassy

my views on being larger than life.

Science roundup wed February 17, 2010


Found some interesting articles…none really need much commentary, so ill do a blurb and a link today:

Diabetes and impluse control.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100210194404.htm – Apparently people with type 2 diabetes have poor impulse control.  I have a few issues with it…..first there ws only about 37 folks studied, hardly a “diverse” or representative group….secondly, the study, being done in Japan, had a very narrow (Asian) test group.  I disagree with the methodology in this study (testing whether I push a button or not has very little to do with when i will eat a cupcake) But it is an interesting point, and the article seems careful to not called people lazy or stupid or lacking willpower.   Choice quote: “This suggests the possibility that the neuropsychological deficits in response inhibition may contribute to the behavioral problems leading to chronic lifestyle-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes” 

PCOS and fatty tissue

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100202101253.htm  the headline reads “Fat Behaves Differently in Patients With Polycistic Ovary Syndrome”…and what they find is “Fat tissue in women with polycystic ovary syndrome produces an inadequate amount of the hormone that regulates how fats and glucose are processed, promoting increased insulin resistance and inflammation, glucose intolerance, and greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted at the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.”    In other words, PCOS patients don’t produce enough of the stuff that reduces inflammation (according to MEME Roth one of the “causes” of overfatness) AND the same hormone regulates insulin.   Insulin, you will remember regulates sugar processing.   researchers DID find that the fat tissue acted the same for fat and skinny PCOS patients, so for once this is NOT getting blamed on fatty fatty 2×4.

(Weight loss) drugs are bad…..mmmkaaaay?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100212/hl_nm/us_hydroxycut_liver  We all remember hydroxcut….pretty fat model gets to be hot/crazy/but SKINNY model.  It was pulled from the market a while ago amid liver damage allegations.   “Looking at factors like patients’ risk factors for liver disease and the timing of their Hydroxycut use, the researchers found that for eight of the liver-damage cases, there was a greater than 95 percent likelihood that the weight-loss aid was to blame.”   and this is out of 18 NEW cases that thee FDA never heard about.    Personally I don’t belive in weight loss drugs…they are either outright fakes, bad speed, or huge dose of diuretics or laxatives….most if not all are untested on humans or can’t stand up to the trials of the FDA approval process.  IF a weight loss pill worked, do you really think BIg Pharma and the medical industry in general would REALLY not make a buck off it?   they would slap millions in front of the inventor and suck up that patent lickety split.

 

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Welcome to the matrix February 15, 2010


Some important online links for ya today.  enjoy the interwebs matrix roundup for the month of feb.

the FFF is online now!

Well, there is a new blogroll/voltron blog in town.   thats right we ARE the Home of the Nouveau-bese.   check us out at www.fiercefatties.wordpress.com.  Got a great bunch of folks onboard, hitting just about every group we can in the fatospere…..we got the token male….the “skinny” fatty….the eating disorder genius (thats me)…the newbie fatty…..the ethnic fattie…older fattie….younger fatties……college educated and not….. you get the drift….10 fabulous takes on FA and how we cope with being fat and loving it in a skinny world.  In the words of our fearless “leader”  Atchka we “We’re an open-minded, friendly sort of community that welcomes disagreement, dissent, and diet-talk (with ample trigger warnings). We aren’t promoting dieting, but we acknowledge that Fat Acceptance should include people at all stages of the journey, even those who have not yet internalized the failure rate of dieting.”  yea that about sums it up.  

Ask me anything i DARE you.

 And don’t forget about my formspring at http://www.formspring.me/fatandsassy .  Ask me anything I promise I will answer.  some goodies from the last week:

If you could only present one fact about the current War on Obesity to the country, something that you think would make more Americans less assholish toward fat people, what would it be? by atchka

The study done at UCLA showing that diets don’t work in the long term. THIS was the wake up call I had that made me realize I was being crazy, repeating the same behaviors over and over again….dieting over and over again, expecting it to work THIS time. It was this study that started me on my TRUE recovery from bulimia, the ultimate weight loss roller coaster.

This meta study looked at 31 long-term weight loss studies over the course of 5 years. they found at LEAST 2/3 of diets fail, and that was with studies with self reporting (of COURSE we say we lose more than we did) and low follow-up (around 50%…wanna bet the people who lost weight were the ones that reported?) which HAD to have skewed results. In fact “one of the best predictors of weight gain over the four years was having lost weight on a diet at some point during the years before the study started,”. THAT is what i want people to understand. so we are fat….so it may be bad for us….

but DIETS DONT WORK.

so now what do we do? force fatties into concentration camps? (call them boot camps and sell it to us for 5k a week!) KIll us all? Or just scapegoat the worlds problems onto us.

How are you so awesome?

luck and skill. and a large dose of Phish and MST3K…and books…..LOTS of books.

Bored?  love websites?

Check out my stumbleupon page at http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/Erylinn/ .   For those that don’t know what stumbleupon is , i will use their own words:

StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 8 million+ other websurfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like () automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend. 

StumbleUpon uses / ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages that friends and like-minded stumblers () have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn’t find using a search engine.

Searching vs. Stumbling:

Using search engines to locate relevant content typically means hunting through pages of results. Rather than searching for quality web sites, StumbleUpon members are taken directly to web sites matching their personal interests and preferences.

Sounds dry and techincal….its actually the most amazing thing I have ever played with.   I see new stuff there every time I hit stumble…in fact it is what ultimately led me to fa, by stumbling a post on shapely prose (http://kateharding.net/)  I know it requires a toolbar to be installed to stumble but its actually functional (i usually hate toolbars and wont install them.)

 

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.  

 

Another reply turned post


 

over at momgrind.com there was a post about a fat teenager eating icecream and the fat acceptance movement.

“How do I accept that girl’s behavior when it’s wrong on so many levels? How do I tell that kid it’s OK to be fat without giving her permission to continue on this destructive path? Instead of talking about how we should accept fat, shouldn’t we do everything in our power, as a society and as a government, to educate the obese, and to tax, or otherwise punish, the food industry whenever it knowingly shoves calories, trans fats and other unhealthy ingredients down our throats?”

 

SHe seemed to have legitimate questions, and I did my best to answer her.  i did so well in fact that I had to post it here too.  

So what if a teenager eats an icecream cone in public.   So what if the teen is fat.  She has right to eat what she wants, when she wants regardless of weight.   Last time I checked its a free country.   Also, everybody wants to bitch about subsidizing health care costs for the fat.   Does anybody stop to think that half of our medical bill come from being told to lose weight fatty?  lap banding is expensive and the ONLY treatment found to be even remotely effective for losing weight long term.  Doctors see a fat patient….and insted of listening to what is medically wrong all the doctor sees if fat and tell them to lose weight and it will get better….making us sicker and cost more, when a simple intervention at the START of the illness can often be cheaper and more effective.   And if you are convinced that fatties will die early, then why do you care if we cost more….a skinny person will cost a LOT more (by that reasoning) down the line because they will live longer.    95% of diets fail.  95%   And society’s answer to fat people it to try harder…wtf. 

 How about making food advertisements illegal…i bet that would stop or at least slow down the consumption of twinkies.   How about stop the corn subsidy so stuff like High Fructose corn syrup isn’t practically free?   I’m actually for a junk food tax (not a fat tax)  because though heavy i eat really well  tax the holy hell out of foods that are “junk”.  Fat is also largely a socioeconomic problem.   Eating healthy is a luxury that many people can’t afford.    Have you tried shopping for produce in the inner city? (with real work hours don’t give me that farmers market bs when poor people have to work long hours and can only really shop at the 24 hour places.)  How about shopping when all you have is a bus to get around?  OR shopping on a bus with 2 kids to feed?  there are 2 grocery stores that i know of in the downtown part of KC.   there are over 70 fast food stores.      A dinner that is healthy cooked from said grocery store COSTS more than one bought at the save a lot in the burbs.  Hell, a head of lettuce there is 3.50, not 1.50 like it is here in my neighborhood.  IF the person is a teen, how about the school lunches served…….are THEY healthy?  or are there snack lines too…and a pop machiene…and a vending machine with candy.   It’s very very easy to blame fat on the person who is fat….but remember 95% of diets fail (and it was MEDICARE that did that study, to determine if they will pay to help people to lose weight).  All fat hatred does is create a scapegoat, someone to blame all our ills on (health care prices anyone?)

 

Childhood Obesity: its not the TV its the junk food commericals. February 9, 2010


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100209095753.htm

Found a great article about childhood obesity rates and their exposure to not just tv but junk food commercials.

 The association between television viewing and childhood obesity is directly related to children’s exposure to commercials that advertise unhealthy foods, according to a new UCLA School of Public Health study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study, conducted by Frederick J. Zimmerman and Janice F. Bell, is the first to break down the types of television children watch to better determine whether different kinds of content may exert different effects on obesity.

The researchers gathered data from primary caregivers of 3,563 children, ranging from infants to 12-year-olds, in 1997. Through time-use diaries, study respondents reported their children’s activities, including television viewing, throughout the course of an entire weekday and an entire weekend day.

The analysis controlled for the amount of physical activity and the children’s gender, age, race/ethnicity, mother’s body mass index (BMI), education and sleep time.

Among all children, commercial viewing was significantly associated with higher BMI, although the effect was stronger for children younger than 7 than for those older than 7, the study found.

“The persistence of these results, even when the child’s baseline weight status was controlled, suggests that the association between commercial television viewing and obesity does not arise solely or even primarily because heavier children prefer commercial television,” said Zimmerman, professor and chair of health services at the School of Public Health and the lead author of the study.

Non-commercial viewing, including watching DVDs or educational television programming, had no significant association with obesity.

According to the authors, the findings strongly suggest that steering children away from commercial television may be effective in reducing childhood obesity, given that food is the most commonly advertised product on children’s television and the fact that almost 90 percent of children begin watching television regularly before the age of 2.

By the time they are 5 years old, children have seen an average of more than 4,000 television commercials for food annually. During Saturday morning cartoons, children see an average of one food ad every five minutes. The vast majority of these ads — up to 95 percent — are for foods with poor nutritional value, the researchers say.

“Commercial television pushes children to eat a large quantity of those foods they should consume least: sugary cereals, snacks, fast food and soda pop,” Zimmerman said.

Why does it take a study to point out what to me is common sence?   Part of growing up in our society today is to learn to be a consumer…..the first 20 years they sell sugar…and the rest of your life they feed you diet food to NEGATE the sugar you were sold for the first 20 years.   I know…lets all get tivo and computers and forget this whole commercial thing…then the only brands we would hear about would incorporate themselves into the tv itself.  Scary thing is, the companies are getting hip and worming their way into tv itself.    Project runway has l’oreal and overstock.com , Extreme makeover:home edition is Sears,  American Idol is a coke commercial (every week they drink a different coke product..theres a coke red room for chrissake).   Whats next for kids when they realize the consumer shift away from tv, away form the commercials that make kids go MOMMY I WANT FROSTED FLAKES?  are we gonna have Sponge Bob work at McDonald’s?   IS Hannah Montana going to eat only Kelloggs?

 

Paul Campos is my new God February 6, 2010


Just a quick quote for today.  but its a good one and it bears repeating…and repeating…and putting on posters to hand to people who tell you “but you should lose weight for your health….”   and as a sticker to put on every weight loss ad you see.   I need to make some…like a warning sticker…something you could stick on magazines at doctors offices….and bigger ones for posters…..I know i would buy some FA stickers that are like the smokers warning labels but have fat acceptance facts from studies.  stuff like “95% of diets fail within 2 years” or “dieting makes you fat” or something…but i digress as usual, gogo ADHD.   Anyway onto the quote…..I know I need to remind myself (sometimes daily) the futility of dieting and trying to change my weight…its so easy to go back to what doesn’t work but society is trying to sell you…..

This is from Paul Campos, who first started researching fat and its role in society when studying the Monica Lewisnski scandal.  It is taken from the Fat and Identity Politics: Lecture from the recent UCLA lectures.  He is a professor of law at the University of Colorado and author of “The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession With Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.”

“…this is the part that never ever gets acknowledged by people who know better, even though they will acknowledge it and then renounce that they have acknowledged it moments later. We can’t make people thin, okay? There’s no empirical proposition in medicine that is better established than this. There is no known way to produce significant long-term weight loss in a stastically significant population. We just don’t know how to do it. And that includes weight loss surgery or stomach amputation. That does not produce significant long-term weight loss among most people who undergo it. Certainly what absolutely fails completely in terms of significant long-term weight loss is haraunging people about their weight. And telling them that if they ate right and exercised more they would be thin. For vast majority of people that description is a complete failure. It’s hopefully relatively rare in medicine, in particular, and social policy in general, to keep pursuing an intervention which is demonstrably a failure over and over again. Now I’m sure many of you are familiar with the definition of insanity, it’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That’s just another word for dieting.”
 

So it IS genetic after all. – quick hit. February 4, 2010


http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20100204/hl_hsn/veryobesepeoplemaybemissinggenes

“Adding more evidence to theories linking DNA to weight, European scientists report that a genetic variation seems to virtually guarantee that a person will become obese.”   i love it when an article opens like that……in the clamor that is LOSE WIEGHT  FATTY or you will DIIIEEEEEE rhetoric that passes for news, today’s article was refreshing.   According to the article, this study was the first of its kind in “proving” that weight has a genetic component.   They studied the genomes of over 16,000, and found 19 had a genetic abnormality, and all of the 19 were obese. 

“We feel that this is a major advance — the first paper to convincingly demonstrate that a relatively rare genetic variant can also be an important cause of common obesity,” said study co-author Alexandra Blakemore, a senior lecturer at Imperial College London.”Although the percentage of severely obese people with this (variation) is just under one person, that adds up to an awful lot of people in total,” Blakemore said. “The effect on carriers is very strong.””

So there we have it….some of the first hard evidence of a genetic component to obesity….i wonder how long it will be before they find all the genetic causes, and then try to change THEM, for our own good you see, because we shouldnt be fat, even if it’s in our GENES!  The article DOES admit “Not all obese people can get skinnier by eating less and exercising more, Weiss said. “The bottom line is that they may be able to eat less, but their bodies may be so efficient that they can extract calories from food much more effectively and may not be burning energy as efficiently as others,” he said.”  

It goes on to say that “This fact leads to unhappy news for some obese people, he said. “If you’re eating just one pea and you’re gaining weight, you’ll have to cut the pea in half.” WTF….i’m supposed to eat half a pea now, even though my genes make me fat….I think he’s missing it entirely…./headdesk.  Some people are genetically predisposed to be fat….they DO reach a homeostasis (trust me i can eat whatever the fuck i want and i wont go over 330….but i can starve myself and never get below 280)  and eating half a pea a day and exercising for 8 hours on top of it wont keep it off for long….sure you can lose 80-100 lbs on the biggest loser, but lets see you keep it up without condemning yourself to running marathons on 1200 calories a day.  Or keep it off for 5 years.  95% of diets fail.  period.  and they do so because, as we are now discovering, study by study, comparing everything from genomes to twins that it is genetic.