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Diet Zombies

Well, even if we kill all the diets, they will probably keep shambling about, spewing their usual nonsense. It is astounding that people keep going on diet after diet after diet after diet, always losing and always regaining, and never

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Posted in Anglachel, Culture, Obesity

TDEE, CICO and Other Diet Fallacies

In the weight-loss industry, there are a lot of acronyms. TDEE, CICO, VLCD, BMR, HR, and many others depending on what little corner of the weight-loss world you occupy. In most cases, they are proxies for other things, and provide

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Posted in Health, Obesity

Everyday Insults

I am working on a major post at the moment, one that looks at income and household expenses in my zip code and puts food costs into context. That will take another day or two to get finished. In the

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Posted in Culture, Politics

Regulate the Poor

Right on cue, the LA Times has an article that focuses on a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how best to regulate the poor by figuring out how to micro-manage what someone using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Food, Health, Obesity, Politics

By the Sweat of Your Brow

A well distributed screen grab from Fed Up shows a swimming pool with two people doing laps. Superimposed on them photo is an icon of a cup of french fries modeled on a standard McDonald’s package and the words “1

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Posted in Culture, Food, Health, Obesity

The Myth of Sisyphus

The prognosis is worse than not good. The prognosis is that the condition is terminal. We denizens of Fat Land are aware that the task of losing weight is a terminal condition. Most of us will die in the process.

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Posted in Culture, Obesity

Proxies

My biggest objection to the War on Fat People (and, good lord and little fishes, but I do have a lot of objections to this war…) is the sad fact that there is very little (if any) genuine concern for

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Posted in Obesity, Politics

Fed Up with Fat Shaming

I recently wrote a post on the LA Times’ review of the documentary Fed Up, Demon Rum Redux. My focus was on the way sugar is promoted as the single point of failure when diagnosing the societal increase in body

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Politics

Demon Rum Redux

I was perusing the LA Times this morning (hate the redesign, guys, not everyone uses a fucking iPad, y’know…) and came across an article in the Health & Fitness section called ‘Fed Up’ documentary lays blame for American obesity on

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Posted in Food, Politics

Health is More Than Weight

If you’ve been consuming the news about obesity, you can be excused for thinking that being fat = being in bad health = being on a fast train to Bad Things Happening. Why is this the message? First off, it’s

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