A Moronic Post with 51,653 hits and counting!

Not my post; this one here:

The Dumbest Myth In Nutrition

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

  1. anything at all has been explained by that statement, and
  2. 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:

Obese at 8 months: the baby that already tips the scales at over 3 stone

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.

About Dan Hunter

Retired software engineer wading through the obfuscation, confusion and contradiction that corporate and political funding of medical research along with ego over science has created.
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5 Responses to A Moronic Post with 51,653 hits and counting!

  1. roberta4949 says:

    good piece we should all knwo that every fat person is a fat person who is unaware of how fat theyare and that they should work at getting rid of it, this idea alone makes me want to slap someone, not sure who, but someone for such a stupid idea. your right the author of that is the stupid one not the fat ones he is slapping.

  2. Hmm im sorry but im not convinced. the child is obese because the parents are overfeeding it or rare disorder.
    And if you’d like to broaden your nutritional views check out the every other day diet by krista varady. The obese subjects in her studies only gained back an average of 1 pound after 1 year of maintainance. Impressive stuff!

    • Dan Hunter says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! I hadn’t seen Varady’s work and found the journal articles very interesting.

      But, her work support’s my position, rather than refuting it! Remember, all I am saying is that the simple, “calories in, calories out”, fails to tell the whole story. And it’s an EPIC FAIL! The ADF diet is a form of intermittent fasting which generates the hormonal changes necessary to produce weight loss, independent of calorie restriction. Have a look at this review; “Intermittent fasting vs daily calorie restriction for type 2 diabetes prevention: a review of human findings.” – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24993615, From the abstract:

      ” the goal of this review was to compare the effects of IF and ADF with daily CR on body weight, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese adults. Results reveal superior decreases in body weight by CR vs IF/ADF regimens, yet comparable reductions in visceral fat mass, fasting insulin, and insulin resistance.”

      > the child is obese because the parents are overfeeding it or rare disorder.

      Sounds like you haven’t had children. You can’t overfeed a child of that age; they simply refuse to eat when they are satisfied.

      And, yes, the rare disorder could certainly be a contributing etiological factor in that child’s case, but that entirely misses my point. The point being that it was by studying children like these that pediatric endocrinologist, Robert Lustig, MD, was able to uncover the hormonal imbalances that lead to weight management issues. That hormonal disruptions produce weight problems is, again, exactly my point!

  3. camaro says:

    thats it. nothing more?

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