It is back to the usual weekly grind. As I wrap my head around the reality of once more getting up at 5:20 am instead of leisurely rolling awake at 10 am; I wanted to share some links that I have found interesting in the past week of vacation.
More of Me to Love has a great post up referencing “A Fun Quiz About Learning What You and Your Body Feel Best Eating“. The tiny version of the quiz that she posted already points towards my own body functioning best as what the results called a “protein type”: meaning I get my best energy from proteins or fats; my metabolic engine seems to run more sluggishly on grains or fruits alone. Very good food for thought about learning to listen to body responses to food stimuli.
Big Liberty pointed out a fairly recent (Feb 2008) study which linked obesity to genetics. 77% linked. While I have to shake my head at the study’s intro which states unequivocally that “The dramatic rise in childhood obesity in the past 15 y (1) is clearly due to changes in the environment, because genes have not altered.”; the discussion conclusions are more in-line with the study’s findings in that:
“The results in the present study are broadly comparable to findings from earlier cohorts of young adults, which indicates that the balance of genetic and environmental effects is much the same as that before the external environment became so obesogenic. Therefore, although contemporary environments have made today’s children fatter than were children 20 y ago, the primary explanation for variations within the population, then and now, is genetic differences between individual children.” (Emphasis is mine)
Big Fat Deal pointed me to a site showing the “World’s Fattest” with images from as early as the 1800’s. I just find this to be an interesting bit of visual evidence that Fat People (even if they were once labeled as “freaks” and even now have only upgraded to “poor souls” or “lazy gluttons”) did not just recently POP into existence by means of an Obesity! Epidemic!
“Conventional wisdom has it that anyone who really wants to become fit can do so… But when a few intrepid scientists began asking if those beliefs were true, they found that fitness, like weight loss, has genetic underpinnings, making it inherently much easier for some to get fit than it is for others. And the facets of fitness are independent, so those who inherit an ability to gain muscle strength may not be able to grow large muscles and those who can easily increase their ability to do aerobic exercise may be thwarted on the weight room floor.” (Emphasis is mine).
For those who might have missed it there was a study released in the British Medical Journal on September 3rd, 2009 regarding the correlations between thigh circumference and the risk of heart disease. I’ve seen many posts pointing to it but first saw it thanks to Big Liberty. The results?:
“A small thigh circumference was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases and total mortality in both men and women. A threshold effect for thigh circumference was evident, with greatly increased risk of premature death below around 60 cm. Above the threshold there seemed to be no additional benefit of having larger thighs in either sex. These findings were independent of abdominal and general obesity, lifestyle, and cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and lipid concentration.”
I think I’ll end with a link to another great blog: Diary of a Fat Teenager. Her recent post addresses some of her blog’s comments and I think links to some great writings about getting the images out there and showing people that: “YES, Obese People are All Around You! They aren’t just headless, nameless entities. We are here.
We are even the people you might vehemently deny are fat or obese because those words seem to hold too much of a negative connotation for you. Yet we remain. Fat. Obese. And all over the place.” This is very much the reason I post so many pictures of myself here. I know there are people far thinner than myself who cringe at a photo; let alone at the thought of sharing it with the theoretical Internet world. Yet here I am. Being all Fat At You. And loving every moment! I AM what “Morbid Obesity” looks like. And I am smiling in your direction.
I hope you find the links to be a good bit of thought provoking material to consider this Tuesday morning. I have a few book reviews to offer of my own soon in between the re-vamping of school work this week.