10 Reasons the BMI is Bunk

http://www.beautyredefined.net/redefining-health-part-1-measuring-the-obesity-crisis/

Scholars are concerned that very little evidence has been produced regarding the question of exactly how body fat is supposed to cause disease (1). With the exception of osteoarthritis, where increased body mass contributes to wear on joints, and a few cancers where estrogen originating in adipose tissue may contribute, causal links between body fat and disease remain hypothetical. Researchers are asking health professionals and policy makers to consider whether it makes sense to treat body weight as a barometer of public health. Despite this shaky foundation for defining physical health in terms of body fatness, much of current health and communication research measures health through simple measures of a person’s body fat, and that may be doing more harm than good for the health status of this country.

This page is very well researched and insightful. The BMI is being used in ways it was never meant to be used. And the current standards used with the BMI were made up by life insurance companies. The page is well worth a read.

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Homemade Gnocchi and Meat Sauce

It’s been about ages since I posted a recipe, mostly because we don’t often try new recipes ’cause we find one we like and stick with it. But I was finally able to get my finace to agree to try this recipe for gnocchi with meat sauce I’d had sitting on my bookmarks forever. I’d say it’s one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time.

For those who don’t know, gnocchi is a potato based dumpling-like pasta. Its texture is very soft and doughy and it’s full of starch.

Here is the recipe:

http://janetishungry.blogspot.com/2007/09/gnocchi-with-meat-sauce.html

Changes we made:

No plachetta

Chicken instead of beef

Chicken broth instead of beef

Garlic (one clove) instead of the onion (my fiance has a deathly onion allergy)

I find it important to talk about food when I’m excited about it because it’s good for my recovery to be excited about food and enjoy it.

Shorts and Size

All of the shorts I had that fit me ripped out last fall. This happened because they were old and I only had two pairs to cycle through so they got a lot of use over the four or so years I’d had them. As such, I was left without shorts that fit me. I have gained some weight since I last bought shorts. And I found the shorts I had left to be too small. My fiance lost his job about two months ago now so I couldn’t go out to buy ones (yes, even thrift shorts are not affordable right now). What I did have, however, was a sewing machine and some fabric.

So what I did was cut the outer seam on both sides loose and put some fabric inserts in them. I’d had the fabric for about four years. The shorts are about three years old, give or take. It looks just fine but I do have mixed feelings about the whole process. It brings the uglies out of my head, with lies of “how fat are you that you have to let out shorts?” I know that perhaps I could lose some weight and still be healthy BMI-wise but the BMI is horse-wash anyway.

I posted a picture of the shorts to a fourm I belong to about craft things. I mentioned that I had to let them out and find a way to do so creatively due to gaining weight from eating disorder recovery. And I’m getting a lot of “congratulations on your recovery” comments. It’s nice to have support but I am in recovery. I don’t think I’ll ever be fully recovered in the sense that I’m no longer at risk for a relapse or that the negative body-thoughts will ever go away.

It’s Always Photoshop

Have you ever noticed how celebrities’ photographs, promotional posters, magazine pictures, and so on always look so flawless? Their skin glows, their eyes never look tired, their hair always lays perfectly, they’re always super skinny? That’s because it’s ALWAYS Photoshop.

Take a look at this link of before and after Photoshop celebrity photos:

http://sastha-knowyourledge.blogspot.com/2010/12/celebrities-before-and-after-photoshop.html

I found it very eye-opening.

Study: Being Fat Isn’t a Death Sentence

“A recent study recruited almost 12,000 people of varying BMIs and followed them for 170 months as they adopted healthier habits. Their conclusion? Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index.”

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2012/04/16/evidence-that-fat-people-can-be-as-healthy-as-thin-people/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SociologicalImagesSeeingIsBelieving+%28Sociological+Images%3A+Seeing+Is+Believing%29

 

So…yeah. HAES says this and, look, a really long, comprehensive study proving it. BAM! You don’t have to be super skinny to be healthy and live longer. You just have to make an effort to live healthy — get out, move around, make some positive changes in your life but don’t obsess!

NPR Article About Mother’s Loss of Daughter to Eating Disorder

Real sad article/interview about a mother who lost her daughter to bulimia. Like many family members of people with eating disorders, she didn’t realize how bad her daughter’s condition was until it’s too late. Now she’s making a documentary about it based on her daughter’s journal entries.

Warning, the article may be triggering.

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149846861/mother-speaks-out-after-losing-daughter-to-bulimia

Trigger Warning: Vogue Writer Publicly Humiliates Seven-Year-Old Daughter on Diet

Like I said, trigger warning. I found the article to be mildly triggering and I was prepared for it so be warned.

 

Okay, so there’s this writer for Vogue. She admits to having issues with food: obsessive dieting, fasting, laxative use, and so on. Her little seven-year-old daughter gets diagnosed by her doctor as being “clinically obese.” Rather than doing something that is mentally healthy for the child to help her lose weight, her mother becomes super obsessed with her food intake, going as far as denying the girl dinner one day because she has 800 calories at school for French Heritage Day; not letting her have Pizza Friday at school ’cause the girl has a corn salad one day as a side dish; berating and throwing away the girl’s Starbucks hot chocolate when the worker didn’t know the exact calories in the drink; yelling at and berating the girl for accepting “unhealthy” snacks from the girl’s friends’ parents; shaming her at parties for wanting cake and a cookie; and so on.

How did Bea feel at the end of this? From Vogue:

For Bea, the achievement is bittersweet. When I ask her if she likes how she looks now, if she’s proud of what she’s accomplished, she says yes…Even so, the person she used to be still weighs on her. Tears of pain fill her eyes as she reflects on her yearlong journey. “That’s still me,” she says of her former self. “I’m not a different person just because I lost sixteen pounds.” I protest that, indeed, she is different. At this moment, that fat girl is a thing of the past. A tear rolls down her beautiful cheek, past the glued-in feather. “Just because it’s in the past,” she says, “doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”

That paragraph breaks my heart. Apparently the article doesn’t once talk about the mother taking the child to a park to play, riding a bike with the kid, or doing any other healthy, fun physical activity with the kid. Just the obsession with the kid’s food.
I really hope that this doesn’t damage the girl’s relationship with food for the rest of her life but I have this sickening feeling that it likely will.
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