Just THINK about what you eat!

May 13, 2008 at 4:47 pm (binging, diets, disordered eating, media)

This lovely quote came from the Wall Street Journal:

“Most people don’t think about what they’re eating — they’re focusing on the next bite,” says Sasha Loring, a psychotherapist at Duke Integrative Medicine, part of Duke University Health System here. “I’ve worked with lots of obese people — you’d think they’d enjoy food. But a lot of them say they haven’t really tasted what they’ve been shoveling down for years.”

So is it most people who don’t think about what they’re eating, or just obese people? Also, why would obese people enjoy food more than non obese people? Are thin people simply unable to enjoy food, or does this psychotherapist simply buy into the notion that all fat people are fat because they overeat and no thin people over eat? Also, note the degrading, insulting term “shoveling down” in reference to eating habits of OMG TEH OBESE. They don’t eat food. They “shovel down” food. You know. Like shoveling slop from a barrel into a pig trough.

What’s different about mindful eating is the paradoxical concept that eating just a few mouthfuls, and savoring the experience, can be far more satisfying than eating an entire cake mindlessly.

Once again, LOL FAT PEOPLE EAT CAKES LOL. I weigh 280 pounds and have never “eaten an entire cake mindlessly.” Even when binging, which is abnormal and unhealthy behavior that will not be magically cured simply by “paying attention to what you eat,” I’ve never “eaten an entire cake.” But, you know, all fat people are fat because they eat cakes constantly. If they’d just stop SHOVELLING FOOD INTO THEIR GAPING MAWS, they’d be thin. And healthy. And fabulous. And human.

One key aspect is to approach food nonjudgmentally. Many people bring a host of negative emotions to the table — from guilt about blowing a diet to childhood fears of deprivation or wastefulness. “I joke with my clients that if I could put a microphone in their heads and broadcast what they’re saying to themselves when they eat, the FCC would have to bleep it out,” says Megrette Fletcher, executive director of the Center for Mindful Eating, a Web-based forum for health-care professionals.
So, does that nonjudgemental approach to food include accusing people of “shovelling down” food and “eating entire cakes”? Because that seems kind of, you  know, judgemental to me.
Chronic dieters in particular have trouble recognizing their internal cues, says Jean Kristeller, a psychologist at Indiana State, who pioneered mindful eating in the 1990s. “Diets set up rules around food and disconnect people even further from their own experiences of hunger and satiety and fullness,” she says.
Oh, hey, but diets totally work and if you’re fat you should totally diet so that you can be skinny. Even though it fucks up your internal cues and makes you unable to tell if you’re hungry or full or what.
“I don’t think about food anymore. It’s totally out of my mind,” says Mary Ann Power, age 50, of Pittsboro, N.C., a lifelong dieter who thinks she’s lost eight or 10 pounds in two weeks since learning the practice at Duke. “I think you could put a piece of chocolate cake in front of my nose right now, and it wouldn’t tempt me. Before, I could eat three pieces.”
I frequently have chocolate cake or other goodies around me without diving face first into them. I currently have a Vosges Gianduja Bar on my desk that’s been here for two weeks. I love this chocolate bar, but haven’t been hungry for it. If I want it, I can have it, but I haven’t wanted it. Sorry, this fatty isn’t really in the habit of “shovelling down” available food. I don’t need to, because I don’t deny myself and categorize food into “good” and “bad” subsets. It’s just food. I mean, you know, good on her that she no longer feels the urge to binge on chocolate cake. But still.

One of the most frustrating thing about this Hot New Practice!!!! is that it has its roots in Buddhist medidation. It’s like aping Ramadan’s fasting rules or giving up eating for Lent for the vain purposes of losing weight. It’s cheapening a religious practice, removing all the religion and spirituality, and using it solely for vain, earthly purposes. And that is FOUL.

I really don’t see Buddha usind Mindful Eating as a weight loss measure. Do you?

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“Death is the outcome we’re most concerned about avoiding.”

April 30, 2008 at 1:00 am (diets, media, weight loss)

Inside Drugmakers’ War on Fat

Bradbury watched a live simulcast as an FDA advisory panel grilled Sanofi executives over the memory loss, dizziness, depression, and other side effects reported by people who took Acomplia in clinical trials. Most worrisome, at least four people on the drug committed suicide.

The FDA demanded that Amylin explain why some patients in the pramlintide trials suffered hypoglycemia, or dangerously low blood sugar.

Problems with weight-loss drugs date from the 1950s, when doctors began dosing overweight patients with Dexedrine, a form of speed that left people strung out and sometimes addicted.

But when patients began suffering damaged heart valves, fen-phen was hastily pulled from the market.

With Sanofi’s Acomplia, the major concern was suicide. One patient who took his life after using Acomplia was a 36-year-old man with no history of depression; another was a 77-year-old man who had been treated for depression 30 years earlier.

Phentermine was never implicated in the heart-valve issues that caused fen-phen to be recalled, and it remained on the market as a solo treatment. But it can make people so jumpy they feel like crawling out of their skin.

Topiramate, an epilepsy treatment that J&J tried to repurpose as an obesity cure, has an even more disturbing record: At the high doses required to promote substantial weight loss, many patients lost their ability to think straight. That’s because topiramate slows the rapid firing of neurons in the brain—a dulling effect that’s wonderful for controlling seizures but that can turn non-epileptics into bumbling dimwits, doctors say.

After it released a small 12-week study, press reports focused on a disturbing revelation: About 30% of patients on the drug reported psychiatric side effects such as depression, vs. 18% who were taking the placebo. Amatruda says the side effects were clearly worse in the patients who took the highest doses of the drug, and that the company has decided not to seek FDA approval for the higher doses.

Hey, are you fat? Well, modern medicine has a solution for you. Maybe. If you’re cool with shitting yourself, being unable to think, developing problems with your heart valve, or killing yourself, that is.

The latest obesity research is centering on an increasingly popular scientific premise: The human mind is all but hard-wired to hold the body at a certain weight. When people take a drug that helps them shed pounds, or even when they lose weight with exercise, an intricate tangle of brain signals kicks in to tell the body it’s in danger. Metabolism slows to help the body preserve itself, and hunger intensifies. Most scientists have come to believe that obesity is not a disease of gluttony so much as it is an unfortunate roll of the genetic dice, made harder to fight in Western nations by the growing availability of cheap food. “Some people are preordained to have a higher body weight than others. It’s normal’ for them,” says Rudy Leibel, a professor and obesity researcher at Columbia University. That may be why most people who slim down with drugs plateau after they lose just 5% to 8% of their weight: When a drug blocks one of the brain’s appetite pathways, another goes into overdrive to tell the body to find food, right now.

Or you could just, you know, be fat. The way your body is meant to be. The way you were made to be.

But there’s not a lot of money in people just being fat, is there?

These quotes are from the same article. In one breath they talk about how dangerous– how deadly, even– diet drugs are. And in the next breath they quote a scientist talking about how some humans are just fat and that’s the way they are.

Wake up! Diet drugs, diets, pills, concoctions, shakes, prepared meals, calorie counting books, diet websites, diet books… they don’t exist because they’re healthy, they exist because they make money. You can be happy and fat. You can be healthy and fat. In fact, it looks like you’re more likely to be happy and healthy and alive if you’re fat than you will be if you take diet drugs.

Stop buying into the diet machine. You don’t benefit from it. You just line the pockets of somebody else.

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Cruel and unusual?

April 29, 2008 at 9:57 am (diets, media, weight loss)

Part of the penal code of the USA outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. Does that include starvation? If a man in jail for murder drops 25% of his body weight in only 8 months, is that cruel and unusual punishment?

Broderick Lloyd Laswell has lost over 100 pounds in under a year, and has filed a lawsuit against Benton County Jail claiming that he and other inmates aren’t getting fed enough, and claiming also that the inmates should be fed hot food, instead of cold food only, which has been policy for years. Meals are provided by Aramark Correctional Institution Services and, assuming that all food in the meal is eaten, inmates should be taking in about 3000 calories a day. If that seems like a lot, bear in mind that the average calorie requirement for a man is 2700 calories a day.

“On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Laswell wrote in his complaint. “About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again.”

Laswell claims he’s lost about a half-pound a day.

“If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight,” according to Laswell. “The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death.”

http://www2.arkansasonline.com/news/2008/apr/27/murder-case-defendant-complains-about-jail-diet-re/

Let me state this again.

An otherwise healthy man has lost over one hundred pounds in eight months.

An otherwise healthy man has lost 25% of his body mass in eight months.

But, hey, you know, at least he is less of a fatty than he was, right? He should be greatful that any time he tries to do any physical activity he gets dizzy and almost passes out. It means the enforced starvation diet is working! A lack of physical activity is totally healthy as long as he keeps shedding those extra pounds.

 

 

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Stop shoving food in your mouth and you’ll get thin!

April 18, 2008 at 11:32 am (media, weight loss) (, , , )

I’m getting really fed up with advertising recently, specifically advertising targetting fat people.

Subway’s got full page ads in magazines about how going through life “supersized” doesn’t make for a good childhood, or having a “supersized” childhood is no way to have a life or something like that. I was unable to find this ad on Subway’s website, or mentioned on line, but I have to say something here: I was a fat kid, and my fat didn’t cause my problems. Other peoples’ reactions to my fat did. I’m a fat adult and, again, MY FAT is not the problem. MY SIZE is not the problem. MY BODY is not the problem. It’s OTHER PEOPLE TREATING ME LIKE CRAP that’s the problem. It’s OTHER PEOPLE TREATING ME AS LESS THAN HUMAN that is the problem. Further, it echoes the Animal House quote “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.”  So, you know, thanks Subway. You think my life is worth less than a thin life. That’s good to know. Now I have another reason besides the incredible bland taste of your sandwiches and poor service in general to avoid your stores. Thanks!

There’s television commercials where people stumble across discarded lumps of pale lard. These are chunks of peoples’ bodies (double chin, back fat) that they “lose” because they “snack on veggies and fruit while on vacation!!!!” or “get the small popcorn instead of the large at movie theaters!!!” Hear that, fatties? If you’d just stop shoving food into your gaping maws every possible second, you’ll magicaly become less fat! Chunks of you will drop off and fall onto the floor for stylish, slender people to find and marvel at. Do you have a double chin the size of a pregnant woman’s stomach? Well, fret not! If you simply snack on veggies and fruits while on vacation, those pounds will melt away, since obviously you never consume any veggies or fruits whatsoever and probably just shovel lard-coated Big Macs into your mouth non stop. And, you know, losing large amounts of weight is so incredibly easy that you can do so simply by making small changes for a week or so while on vacation. it’s just that simple!

Remember: your body size is wrong, and you’re inferior for having it. If you can’t change your body size by doing small, simple things then you need to mutilate a major organ in your body or else starve yourself or perhaps compulsively exercise. If that doesn’t work, it’s because you’re lying and secretly gorging on breath  mints and dough nuts. But above all, your body size is WRONG and you are BAD for having the body you do.

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