Originally Posted by GRB5111
Observing the dangers of obesity is not fat shaming
True. While acknowledging the people pointing out the prejudices, especially in medical care, are right
. Doctors do behave in ridiculous ways when they attribute every symptom to a person's weight, and miss important diagnoses as a result.
I also cannot argue with anyone who supports treating our fellow human beings with dignity and respect despite appearance
, which is another important issue.
Still, having followed this movement for years now, I've seen how people in it who do lose weight are then shamed in turn. Which undercuts their own message, and reveals the dilemma that we know so well: doing everything possible -- to lose weight, control diabetes, reach some plateau of health -- while "doing everything right."
But now we know that is because the nutritional advice we've been given is wrong
Excess weight might be benign under some circumstances -- we don't know. It's the key to survival in animals who hibernate, which are mammals from ground squirrels to black bears not that distant from ourselves.
Back when harvest time was "putting on weight time" when we put in that reserve to survive epidemics and famine: sure! This is was obviously such an important skill that we all still carry those genes to this day
What if fasting seems like such a miraculous game changer because it's an important part of the overweight cycle, should we find ourselves on it? Many of us found IF to be an incredible barrier buster; maybe because it triggers this cycle, which was meant to be a cycle: not an endless harvest time.
Is it no longer necessary, and thus, harmful? Like carrying 30 extra pounds is okay but 70 is not? Is there really a difference between visceral fat and fat storage and if so, should that be a health marker?
Because right now, it's not. I know I was far healthier at 165 than I was at 220 and discovered low carbing. But then, even without gaining weight, I got an autoimmune flare which indicated I had messed up my immune system anyway. Turned out food sensitivities played a huge part in that, for both health and weight.
But... if we look at obesity as a large-scale marker of metabolic health in a population, it is a signal, just like blood pressure, blood sugar, and CRP indicators build a picture of metabolic dysfunction. And from the beginning, these are the kind of "co-morbid conditions" which signaled trouble with this virus.