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  •  I'm working on a set of diaries. (15+ / 0-)

    I don't want to publish the first until I've got them all written up, though, or I'll never get around to finishing them, but I've got 5 or so in the pipe, all on obesity and weight loss, from the cellular level on up to the 'applied'.

    The problem I have with what is showing up on site is that the backlash again what is being perceived as 'mockery' or 'bigotry' is being tied to actual unhealthy behaviours and choices.  So I'm planning on showing folks all of the 'hidden' damage obesity is doing to their systems, no matter how 'healthy' and 'happy' they feel.

    I've been morbidly obese, I'm still obese but working lower, and I know why I have to lose now, and how to do it without the 'yo-yo'ing of failed past 'diets' and 'exercise plans'.

    Reining in the obesity epidemic in the country is important both individually and at the societal level, and not for any 'image' reasons.

    •  If you back up your words (20+ / 0-)

      with actual scientific data and links to the appropriate studies, and don't use judgmental words, I'm sue it would be accpeted.

      The problem comes in when the diarists who talk about weight do so using fat-shaming, and "if you'd just" and attacking the overweight without knowing their circumstances and pulling "statistics" out of the aether without any documentation that makes me angry.  I don't know how it makes others feel, but judging by some of hte comments, they, too, are angry at the fat-bashing those diaries do.

      Ones that don't make it personal, don't preach what people are "supposed" to do, but just lay out the facts as they did with tobacco (before they go into smoker bashing), or cancer, or other addictions or diseases.  

      Fat may be a combination of disease and addiction, and if approached that way, I'm sure you'd find your diaries filled with valuable discussions.

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      by Noddy on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:01:47 AM PST

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      •  'Shaming' is pointless and counter-productive. (15+ / 0-)

        The only way anyone ever will change their own behaviours to choose the weight at which they want to live is if they come to such a decision for themselves, and for their own personal reasons.

        My current diaries drafts are on the cellular, system and organ damage associated with obesity, the transtheoretical model of behaviour modification, and the interaction of nutrition and the physiology of metabolism.  ( Which reminds me, I need to add the endocrine system contributions in as well, sigh.)

        •  I would love to see such diaries. I (9+ / 0-)

          greatly enjoyed a comment of yours the other day (maybe yesterday?) on cell system damage.  I thought it was very helpful and informative.  Do add the endocrine system in.  

          "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

          by middleagedhousewife on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:39:37 AM PST

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        •  Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN , I would be very interested (1+ / 0-)
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          in this-especially the parts I have highlighted:

          My current diaries drafts are on the cellular, system and organ damage associated with obesity, the transtheoretical model of behaviour modification, and the interaction of nutrition and the physiology of metabolism.  ( Which reminds me, I need to add the endocrine system contributions in as well, sigh
          Please add what may be known about medication and environmental impacts-both in utero & throughout life.

          My adopted child was failure to thrive for basically the first 12 years of life.  Along with being born with Trisomy 21, heart-respiratory issues & more.

          Around age 12, finally & suddenly started gaining weight-despite absolutely zero change in diet or physical activity.

          It took almost a year for the pediatrician to "listen" to my concern about the sudden & steady weight gain.  

          Referred to specialists, my child was diagnosed with reactive airway disease/asthma/environmental allergies (instead of "croup") & tests revealed thyroid had stopped functioning.

          Medications for hypothyroidism & asthma ensued.  Five years later, my child is obese- despite little change in what is eaten or how much.

          Due to the recent discovery of C1 & C2 cervical spine instabilities, almost all physical activities are forbidden with the exception of walking and swimming-with swimming not an option at this time.

          In our reality, dealing with myriad issues relating to ASD, intellectual disability & body tone of Trisomy 21, sensory impairments and medical issues, solutions are not easily found or workable.

          Nor can the obesity be blamed on choices or life stye.

          Please do submit the series.  I am sure that I am not alone in my desperation to find answers that may benefit a precious life.

    •  Perhaps if you don't focus on the (1+ / 0-)
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      "How we think you got there" part and just moved on to the issues with metabolism, body chemistry, food chemistry, whatever.

      I am always open to learning what works for someone else. I just get tired of having to wade through assumptions about my behavior first.

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