Last week, I continued with my topic on why “obesity” cannot be deemed as a cause of chronic illness. The “science” which “supports” that physical size is a risk factor for major diseases is being misinterpreted as causation vs. association. A body weight outside of “acceptable” limits is neither necessary nor sufficient to create a disease, as all bodies can become ill at any time. An individual’s health risks will vary based on many interrelated genetic, environmental, emotional, societal, and lifestyle factors.
To further put myself in front of the “firing squad” of the most popular “wellness” and “health” trends advocating for weight loss, I also began discussing the flaws in the theory on “food addiction” being a cause of the “obesity epidemic.” Food is one only one of many factors that is implicated in one’s weight. There is more evidence for a “set-point” based on genetic and epigenetic imprinting with an incredible amount of variation and “lurking variables” implicated. (source, source, source)
Now, I will go into more detail on how the studies on food being addictive are flawed.
I am providing evidence that:
- “Obesity” is not a “cause” of disease.
- “Food” is not the “cause” of obesity.
- Moralizing food and food choices is itself immoral. It causes emotional harm and disordered eating patterns that are culturally normalized.
I am advocating for:
- Health at Every Size
- Destigmatizing all body sizes
- Health care that promotes health, not body aesthetics
- Freedom to eat what resonates, without judgement based on the current accepted dietary trends and practices
- To heal the cultural and emotional damage of a society that worships a one-size-fits all shape and blames all who can’t “achieve it”
Now, to the topic at hand…
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