I recently ran across this little gem on Cracked.com entitled "Fat is Officially Incurable (According to Science)" which offers a surprisingly accurate portrayal about just how likely those "before" and "after" shots in advertisements are to reflect the long-term experience of real, live people. While proceeding with tongue firmly inserted in cheek, the author offers a nice summary of some of the scientific evidence offered regarding long-term weight loss:
So have you seen the article in the New York Times that says it might be okay to eat salt again? It seems some recent research is calling into question the American Heart Association's recommendation of 1,500 milligrams a salt per day. Now on the one hand, this question is almost moot, because it's nearly impossible to achieve 1,500 milligrams of salt a day and do things like occasionally eat food that has had any processing, eat out once in a while, or you know, live in the modern world.
I know, I know. Cracked.com, the humour site that borders on offensive and funny, how can they possibly have a good article discussing weight and how it’s impossible to lose large amounts of weight long-term? I don’t know but they do. And it’s really worth a read. However, the link contains screen shots of misleading weight loss ads, discussion of weight, body fat, calories, and related topics, so I caution readers about that.
So the guy or girl you see in the “Before” and “After” photos in weight loss commercials, who completely changed body type with diet and exercise? You know, like Jared from Subway, who lost 230 pounds? Either they’re about to be fat again in a couple of years, or they’re a medical freak occurrence, like the sick guy who was told he had six months to live but miraculously survives 20 years. That guy exists, we all know famous examples. But it’s a rare, freak situation, living in defiance of all of the physical processes at work.
It’s a little funny and a little sad when Cracked gets something like this right and is more sensitive and sensible than mainstream sources.
With that in mind, go check out “Fat Is Officially Incurable (According to Science)”
Here’s the non-hyperlinked version: http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/fat-officially-incurable-according-to-science/
Strong caution for discussion of disordered eating patterns, body image, and gender dysphoria.
I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, trying to figure out how best to approach it. It’s been difficult because our weather has been very unstable and it messes with my fibromyalgia and leads to brain fog.
Anyway, it recently occurred to me that my recently embraced gender identity might have something to do with my eating disorder. I came out to my friends (the ones who didn’t know already!) and family as genderfluid (feminine pronouns — she, her, hers, etc — masculine honorifics — brother, son, etc — and refer to me as “person” rather than man/woman/lady/girl please!) a day before my birthday (April 10th) after doing a lot of soul searching and having finally picked out a name that suits who I am better. The initial reactions from my father and younger sister were great; very supportive and affirming. But as time’s gone on, they’ve become less supportive. My dad even told me that he’ll always use my old name and said some pretty insulting things when I told him that B (my fiance) knows and is supportive (“who’s on top?”). It triggered a mini relapse with my eating disorder. I hadn’t considered the connection seriously until I read “Please Don’t Call Me Ma’am” on Disrupting Dinner Parties (which is a great blog and you all should check it out!), which I had done before I came out but only just got around to fully analyzing.
This part really hit home and spoke to me:
I would’ve considered skipping breakfast, hoping to starve away the traitorous curves that evil motherfucker, estrogen, stuck me with.
It’s like a part of me I’d never fully listened to woke up when I read the words that Logan (who prefers feminine pronouns and masculine honorifics!) wrote. There were several times that I was literally pointing at my screen and shouting “this is me!”
Over the last couple months, I’ve had to take a hard look at myself and what it means to be me and it made me realize that a part of the reason I struggle with food is because of my gender-differentness. When I was really sick and super thin it was easier to be androgynous like I’ve likely subconsciously leaned toward for many years. It was easier to present however I felt like presenting at the time; I didn’t have much in the way of breasts or hips to contend with, my waist curve was barely existent. In fact, when I was thinner and had short hair several years ago, B’s coworkers thought I was a guy, which filled me with a thrill I didn’t understand at the time. My cis-gender friends were insulted for me when I told them but being “mistaken” for the “wrong” gender made me giddy.
So, it’s an interesting realization. Hopefully my self-acceptance will help me on my road to eating disorder recovery!
I ran across this on tumblr and it’s truly inspiring! The UK department store Debenhams has decided to use people of over the age of 40 (one who’s almost 70!), People of Colour, amputees, and people who are heavier than you’d usually see be models in their summer 2013 look book. Debenhams also won a Body Confidence Award in 2012 for their on-going body positive projects. The photos are beautiful and I LOVE this quote:
“Our customers are not the same shape or size so our latest look book celebrates this diversity. We would be delighted if others followed our lead. Hopefully these shots will be a step, albeit a small one, towards more people feeling more comfortable about their bodies,” said Ed Watson, Director of PR, Debenhams.
It’s really great! Have a look!
As a part of their Campaign for Real Beauty, Dove released this video that quickly went viral. In the video we see several women show up before a forensic sketch artist. The artist draws two portraits of each woman, one based on her description of herself and one based on stranger's description. Later, women are shown both portraits to show them how much they underestimate their beauty.
Brilliant, hilarious satirical article written by a fabulous body-positive woman. Personally, I ADORE the galaxy dress.
I should put up a caution here, though, for satirical discussion of fat-shaming and related “how to not look fat” advice.
My favourite quote:
Biggify your hair! Or wear something else on your head — something distracting, like a live chicken or a talking animatronic bust of Carl Sagan — to draw attention away from your disgusting body!
Without further ado, here’s the article. Non hyperlink version here: