Each week here at FFF, we try to discuss things in the news, but sometimes we just don’t have the time, sanity points, or will to discuss things. So let’s let the Dogs of News sniff interesting, infuriating, and entertaining things from around the web. These might prompt future posts, but feel free to let out your opinions about anything here in the comment section.
- Self-depreciating “fat talk” isn’t appreciated by anyone, but people (read: women) feel compelled to do it anyway. In a study about body size and positive or negative self-comments, “The most likable woman chosen by the students was overweight and quoted as saying: ‘I know I’m not perfect, but I love the way I look. I know how to work with what I’ve got, and that’s all that matters.’ The results were heartening, Dr. Corning said, a glimmer that nearly two decades of positive body-image campaigns may be taking hold.”
- I read a lot about people in our community who suffer from anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, so here is some good news. A new study shows that mindful stretching and meditation are beneficial to reducing the prevalence of both. There are also several apps that you can download for your smartphones or tablets to help relieve or reduce symptoms.
- Obesity fears are starting younger and younger, and now there are articles about how to “avooid having an obese baby.” Fuck you, just screw the hell off and die bastards.
- Most junk food will be gone from cafeterias and vending machines in US schools by the end of the year thanks to new rules the USDA have passed, and lots of people are happy about this. While I think that children should have access to healthy foods, I am nervous that this will have bad consequences for fat children, namely increased bullying from both peers and “well-meaning” adults.
- When life takes a crap on you, you are up to your neck in trolls, are doubting your very existence, or you just run out of steam at the end of the day, try self-affirmations. No, really! “Results showed that self-affirmation improved problem-solving performance in underperforming chronically stressed individuals. This research suggests a novel means for boosting problem-solving under stress and may have important implications for understanding how self-affirmation boosts academic achievement in school settings.
- REMINDER: The new weight loss drugs Belviq and Qysmia are VERY BAD for you. Even those in the making-money-off-fat-people “profession” are warning against them.
- Gallup feels like the US is fatter this year than the previous two years. Does it matter that it is only a 0.9% increase from last year? Or that it’s based on a phone survey?
- Queue the dehumanizing pictures of fatties in this article that talks about how people in South Korea feel about what is causing obesity and whether or not those views affect their own weight. Also, this: “Psychologists have been trying for years to identify an obese personality that could help with behavioral counseling, but this study doesn’t do that,” said Dr. Mitchell Roslin. “Obesity is very complex. There is no one personality type.” Uh, WTF?
- So again, with gusto, diet pills don’t work, and those that tout a “natural” way to lose weight can be pretty damned dangerous.
- Yet again, fat people aren’t the best source for their experiences, this time in the way they eat.
- BPA is now thought to be an “obesogen” for girls (but not for boys). Hey, did you know that BPA is something that is used in canned foods, something that poor people tend to buy because they want veggies but can’t afford it fresh?
- Weight loss and psoriasis, because less inflammation has got to be caused by weight loss and not a change/improvement in diet and exercise.
- Doctor goes on TEDmed and supposes that obesity doesn’t actually cause insulin resistance but that it is the other way around. He doesn’t quite get it, but comes to several conclusions that make me think our movement is really progressing: he says that fat people shouldn’t be victims to doctors, that as a doctor he shouldn’t have judged a woman who was in his care, and he said that there are fat people who are metabolically healthy and thin people who aren’t. The video will frustrate you but is intriguing to watch and study. I hope another blogger can talk about this.
- FFS, causation =/= correlation.
- Brace yourselves, here comes the aftermath of the ADA decision to define obesity as a disease, including legislation. While making healthcare more affordable is always good, let us not forget there is enough of a backlash against the decision for the wrong reasons and we cannot align ourselves with this group.
- Doctors find that heart failure hormones promote weight loss (and also signal impending death), but they see it as the “Holy Grail” for treating us fatties.
That is all for now. Feel free to discuss any of the above points in the comment section below.