*Disclaimer: We will be using the terms “overweight” and “obese” for this episode, because they are the medical terms currently being used. Therefore they have specific definitions. We find them offensive when used to describe people and will normally use the terms larger/smaller bodied, or fat/thin throughout the podcast.
*We unfortunately had technical difficulties with this episode, and we have published a re-edited version. Thank you so much for your patience while we are learning!*
The “War on Obesity” has been raging for decades. Just like many similar wars, such as drugs and terrorism, it has a very nebulous enemy and never really has an end. These types of “wars” rarely accomplish their stated objective. This war is attacking ordinary, law-abiding citizens who happen to be traveling around in bodies that are larger than whatever society has deemed “appropriate”. From babies to the elderly, no one who is fat is truly safe from this war, nor are those who fear becoming fat.
In This Week’s Episode:
The history of the Body Mass Index
Questions about the process that lowered BMI standards by the NIH in 1998
There are many determinants of health and weight is a small component.
Risks of pursuing weight loss to increase health
Dangers of assuming thin people are healthy
Dangers of assuming larger people are unhealthy
Inability to eradicate fatness from a population
Compassionate care providers not recognizing the damage caused by fighting “obesity”
Questions to Consider:
- Why are we fighting?
- What are we really fighting?
- Is it truly concerning that weight has gone up in the past 3 decades?
- What about obesogenic environmental factors?
- BMI Classifications
- Childhood Size Classifications
- BMI Classifications change
- Health at every size: the surprising truth about your weight
- Body respect: what conventional health books get wrong, leave out, and just plain fail to understand about weight
- Consequences of Weight Cycling: An Increase in Disease Risk?
- Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift
- Dieting in Adolescence
- The Effects of Starvation on Behavior: Implications for Dieting and Eating Disorders
- Impact of weight bias and stigma on quality of care and outcomes for patients with obesity
- Weight bias: a call to action
- The Effects of a “Health at Every Size®”-Based Approach in Obese Women: A Pilot-Trial of the “Health and Wellness in Obesity” Study
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