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Let's Find a Middle Ground About Fat and Obesity

  • Posted on: 10 January 2008
  • By: mokshalom

I somehow stumbled across this site called "Big Fat Facts" this morning that claims that it's not unhealthy to be fat. It seems, as a backlash to the campaign against obesity and our national obsession with thin, some fat activists are trying to put forth the message that it is perfectly OK to be fat (if not totally obese).

It's mind boggling to me, however, that anyone could claim with a serious face that it's perfectly good for your health to be obese.

No, I'm sorry, it is not. It is not good to be obese. It's bad for you. You only need to watch the documentary Supersize Me to see how adding just some fat can have an immediate and awful impact on your health.

And yes, we do have an obesity epidemic on our hands.

Fat in My Family

Jennifer Love Hewitt's So-Called Big Butt and a Wake-Up Call for Women

  • Posted on: 3 December 2007
  • By: mokshalom

Yet another star's body is being torn to shreds by the tabloids; this time it's Jennifer Love Hewitt. The woman is in her late 20s and yet people are surprised that she's grown a womanly ass.

I don't follow tabloids - I truly think they are signifying the downfall of western civilization. They are shallow, petty, and completely hateful publications that try to pass themselves off as journalism. They don't feed people's minds; they distract people from more important things and contribute to a society where we take pleasure in seeing people torn down instead of built up.

The Seriously Anorexic Woman at the Gym

  • Posted on: 16 November 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I was swimming at the gym yesterday and could not believe my eyes. A woman walked into the pool area with a body that was so drawn and thin that she literally looked like she had walked out of a concentration camp.

She had on a full red bathing suit so I got a very good look at her body. She wasn't young either. She had absolutely no fat on her body whatsoever. She was maybe 5'4" but could have weighed 60 pounds. Her legs were like sticks and looked like they could barely support her thin body.

When she turned around, you could literally see her skeleton through her skin. You could see every nook and cranny of her spine. Her shoulder blades stuck out like thin jagged rocks.

I was so shocked and appalled I did not know what to do. I thought about saying something to her but what would be the point? She's either aware and trying to heal or in denial.

Boo on You Media, For Calling Britney Spears Out of Shape

  • Posted on: 10 September 2007
  • By: mokshalom

While I'm not defending Britney's sluggish performance at the MTV music awards, I am appalled at how the media has been bashing Britney's body.

She's been called out of shape. Having a "beer belly." Or worse. An AP music writer commented on "the paunch in place of Spears' once-taut belly."

Paunch? Not having washboard abs means you have a paunch? I saw a clip of Britney's performance and I didn't see one hint of a paunch anywhere. She looked fine. She's 25 and a MOTHER, for pete's sake. She isn't 18 years old anymore. Why on earth do you expect a grown women, a mother, to have the body of an 18-year-old who's never had children?

Super Skinny is Not Better

  • Posted on: 31 July 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I am getting more and more concerned because I am seeing women I know - women in their 30s - with so little weight on their frames that their legs are as scrawny as a young teenager's. Too skinny as in Lara Flynn Boyle too skinny.

What's worse is that I hear other too-thin women around them going on about how "great" this looks. These women will often have entire conversations comparing women's butts, and apparently, the smaller the better. (Only, I have news for you...I get more compliments now on my bigger 30-something butt than my smaller 20-something butt of years past.)

When I was at my thinnest, in my 20s, I had a guy decide he did not want to date me because I was too thin and it scared him. (I was never anorexic, just had a high metabolism.) Men definitely like me better a little "filled out." If anything I would say they would rather a woman had slightly more padding than not enough.