The following may make your head burst into flames.
…And I probably say bad words.
An old friend of mine posted something completely harmless
on her Facebook status,
But naturally, someone *had* to come along and get all offensive:
Ignorance is no excuse for assholery.
(Forgive me for posting the whole exchange–it’s just amazing how bad it gets…)
First off, you’re an asshole.
Let’s just get that out of the way.
A preachy, “this worked for me, so just try harder, fatties!” condescending, misogynistic asshole.
Don’t you love how the way he uses the word “girls” in order to place himself in a position of authority and completely demean the women who disagreed with him?
And I love the whole “nobody gets force-fed” thing—
There are people who do—
folks on the island of Mauritania have been force-feeding their daughters for centuries.
For someone who claims to like things that are precise, he sure ain’t in his “arguments”.
Many folks gain weight from eating too much and/or having a sedentary lifestyle.
Staying healthy is hard work.
He’s not wrong about that.
That said, the point that R misses entirely is that T wasn’t referring to this AT ALL.
She was referring to those who struggle with weight no matter what they do. She’s referring to the fact that the only acceptable form of prejudice in our current society is that against overweight people.
I wish I hadn’t read this whole thing because, my God, have I been struggling with the ED triggers this week—simply because of an arrogant prick who can’t get his head around the fact that calorie restriction + exercise ≠ weight loss.
It is NOT a Truth Universally Recognized that a Single Body in Possession of Fat Ass Cheeks Must be in Want of Portion Control.
If that were true, I would have been hospitalized years ago.
I’m not skinny. I don’t look “fit”—whateverthefuck that means.
I can kick almost anyone’s ass in dance endurance.
Want some more truth?
The way someone looks rarely has anything to do
with their actual health.
I’m a very, very good dancer.
But I don’t look like one.
Don’t you love the bit where he tells me that I don’t understand science or debate?
Because, clearly, I’m the one making circumstantial ad hominem attacks. Oh, and setting up Straw Man arguments…but that might be okay if the Straw Men in question are skinny.
So let’s actually get all accurate and scientific-y and run over a few diseases that can cause inexplicable weight gain, shall we?
Kidney, Heart, Liver Disease
Celiac Disease (not common)
could there be other instances of weight gain
that are not, in fact, caused by overeating?
Why yes, there are!
SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs–
Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Allow me to quote:
by Gay Riley, MS, RD, CCN:
These drugs were initially used only for seizure disorders. The following anticonvulsants are now prescribed frequently in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other selected forms of depression:
* Carbamazepine (Tegretol®)
* Divalproex (Depakote®)
* Gabapentin (Neurontin®)
* Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
* Topiramate (Topamax®)
Anticonvulsants tend to cause hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin in the blood) and increased appetite leading to weight gain. Hyperinsulinemia also results in increased testosterone, which causes a risk to women on these medications for development of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS). Polycystic ovary syndrome can cause weight gain, male pattern baldness, increased facial hair, skin tags, acne, infertility, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels, and heart disease.
Seizure disorder studies showed that patients taking anticonvulsants who had either a normal or below normal body mass index had the most severe weight gain.”
In terms of arguing physics,
as R so flagrantly fails to do,
I’m going to refer to four arguments made by the wonderful Ragen of the Body Positive Dance Company:
“The first law [of Thermodynamics] states that in a thermodynamic process, the increment in the internal energy of a system is equal to the increment of heat supplied to the system, minus the increment of work done by the system on its surroundings. It is often simplified to “energy can neither be created nor destroyed”.
I do not disagree with the law. But, note the first four words “In a thermodynamic process..” What I disagree with is the gross misrepresentation of the human body as a perfect thermodynamic process.
I have four issues with this:
Issue 1: It assumes that there is no option for calories other than to be burned or stored
Issue 2: It asserts that Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is Easily Predictable and Stable
Issue 3: It requires that the body be a perfectly efficient calorie burning machine
Issue 4: If we wanted long term weight loss using this theory then we’d have to eventually turn to starvation
Bonus Issue: Your friend who eats everything in sight and never gains weight.
Everyone knows somebody like this. I have a number of friends who eat way more than I do, exercise less and stay rail thin. Why do these people get to credit their metabolism but I’m just fat lazy excuse-making slob if I suggest that my metabolism may be as slow as theirs is fast?
So next time somebody tells you that it’s just calories in/calories out, consider telling them that you’ll be happy to talk to them about it once they have recited the laws of thermodynamics, defined the Harris-Benedict Equation and discussed its specific limitations, and explained your friend who eats a ton and doesn’t gain weight.”
You should read the whole article–
she makes all the points that I’ve been trying to make for years,
in a completely clear and scientific manner,
God bless her.
I don’t know if I can say it any more clearly than this:
I AM NOT OVERWEIGHT BECAUSE I EXERCISE TOO LITTLE AND INGEST TOO MANY CALORIES.
Am I making myself clear?
Am I making any of the hundreds of reasons
why exercise and diet just don’t make a damn bit of a difference
for so many, many people any clearer?
Because I’m sick of this shit.
I’m sick of having my health,
and the health of thousands of people who literally
and truly cannot help what they weigh,
called into question by complete buffoons,
and by the Modern Health System.
From the earlier quoted article?
She’s an athlete who wins dance competitions.
She is hella more flexible than I am,
and she eats a healthy, balanced diet.
She also weighs over 200 pounds.
She has been denied health insurance because of this.
Our country has a seriously fucked up notion of what healthy means,
and what it looks like.
No matter how easy it seems,
food is NOT A FUCKING MATH PROBLEM.
I would love to stick that man,
or anyone who gets uppity about the “simplicity” of weight loss,
in my body for one Goddamned day just so they could have a glimmer of understanding of what it’s like to deal with disordered eating.
Food is so much more than calories. It shouldn’t be, but it IS.
I’m TIRED of being preached at, even inadvertently, by people who have no comprehension about how difficult weight loss and weight gain can be. People who refuse to acknowledge the existence of diseases like PCOS and hypothyroidism; disorders like binge eating and compulsive overeating. People who want to simplify everything into binary code, into easily solvable, easily explainable, tidy MATH.
This man has no clue about what it’s like to fluctuate ten pounds every month because of estrogen. He has no clue what it’s like to work and work and work and eat/not eat/eat/not eat and still never see the weight come off like it’s
“supposed to”, if weight WERE just a math problem.
I pity his wife and daughters.
I just wish there was more compassion in the world for all of us who struggle with weight–in all of the forms that those struggles take.
If you’re ignorant,
If you’re being told that you are wrong,
and that your arguments can be disproved,
be an adult,
do your homework,
admit that the Laws of Thermodynamics are meant for closed systems,
and that they were never intended to be applied to the human body.
That is simple.
(And? Using “LOL” in a serious discussion automatically makes you wrong.)