Not my post; this one here:
It contains the following little gem (yes, in bold, so you can’t fail to see it), dripping with sarcasm:
“And yet, for some reason, certain people simply cannot fathom that they are consuming more calories than they need and are gaining fat as a result of it”
Ironically THAT’s the statement that is at the base of what is truly the “dumbest myth in nutrition”!
Of course, everyone knows the literal truth of it. The real myth in nutrition is thinking that
- anything at all has been explained by that statement, and
- if a fat person can’t become a thin person, they are to blame.
Does it tell us why a person eats more than they need when they desperately wish otherwise? Isn’t it little more than a pathetic excuse to feel justified in blaming the victim for their stupidity and moral failure while the author of those words can feel so smug and self-righteous?
So rather than the truth, it’s just the opposite. People have been misled into thinking that all they have to do is consume less and/or move more and Poof! their fat will be gone. But, in fact, for the vast majority of people, it’s actually impossible to lose that weight and keep it off without addressing the hormonal derangement that created it in the first place. Statistics are that less than 5% of dieters successfully can take it off and keep it off for more than 5 years.
Usually I can see stuff like that without going ballistic, but just yesterday I read a heartbreaking blog post by someone in the UK, who I don’t know and who I’ll never meet, but who is struggling with his weight and has bought into the lie. So this piece just pushed me right over the edge.
It’s one of the most moronic pieces I’ve come across in a long time. Not only moronic, it comes along with such a patronizing and belittling tone. It’s such a slap in the face to every fat person who’s ever tried and failed to become thin. It’s such a slap in the face to obesity researchers that are struggling to uncover the reasons why children are becoming obese at the age of 8 months.
Does the author of that piece even realize that most really fat people absolutely hate it and would do anything to change it? Anything! Like even having their jaws wired shut. Like having their stomachs surgically reduced to little bigger than the size of a thimble.
If the author had even bothered to do the slightest bit of reading, he would have discovered that there is a hormonal issue at work here that has been thrown out of whack by our western lifestyle and which goes far, far beyond a simplistic calories in / calories out formula. Shame on him for fat shaming! Stupid pieces like this only serve to confuse the issue. It ain’t that simple, folks!
How does his simple calorie formula explain infant obesity? It can’t. This child is not a singularity; it’s happening all over the world:
This is not a person who is just “just eating haphazardly and paying the price for it“ as the author of that piece would have you believe.
Instead, I believe this. Until you can tell me why that child is obese and explain those obesity maps that I recently put up, you don’t know enough to be writing shit like that.