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View Diary: The War on Fat People: Doctors Enlist (123 comments)

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  •  Sorry to point this out... (9+ / 0-)

    At some point being overweight is not healthy.  OK 275 is not the end of the world.  But what about 350 or 450 or more?  The strain on knees and hips and feet is indicated.  
    Yeah, there are 90 year old smokers.  But not many.

    •  Paul Campos's analogy... (2+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon, Batya the Toon

      You're aware, I hope, that being a cisgendered man increases your risk of illness and death. Castration has historically proven to reduce those risks. Men are respected and welcomed members of society. If men were the targets of widespread societal prejudice, as fat people are, perhaps we'd be hearing several hundred times a day in mainstream media about the "masculinity epidemic." And the AMA would be rushing in to offer what they'd call help.

    •  Weight-loss treatments... (1+ / 0-)
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      True North

      don't become more effective, or safer, the more someone weighs. I don't think that focusing on weight or deciding that some number of pounds must produce some negative result, helps people live well. I know lots of people at the weights you mention. Many people say they yoyo dieted their way up to higher weights. (Lose 10 pounds, gain back 15. Lose 25, gain back 50, etc.) I hear stories from people who say their weight only stabilized and they were only able to find a sustainable way to enjoy health-enhancing habits, by rejecting weight goals.

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