It Happened This Week: Fat-Bashing as Science, Another Annoying Study, & Lap Bands Cause More Harm

By Marsha Hudnall on 03/25/2011
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“…we are also plagued by a national eating disorder of epic proportions predicated on the faulty belief that no one can be fat and healthy,….” So goes a spot-on post by Liz Snyder, farm-starter, food activist, nutritional anthropologist and mama, titled “Behind the Anti-Obesity Veil: Fat-Bashing as ‘Science.’” We also like her blog url: www.ieatreal.com.

Correlation does not mean causation. If you’ve never heard this statement before, it’s an important one to keep in mind when reading studies. Beth Mazur talks about that in examining whether “Today’s annoying study” of the link between obesity and mortality really holds up, or is just more fodder for the “eat less, move more crowd.”

“Almost half of patients undergoing gastric banding for obesity needed to have the device removed, often because of erosion, according to a study that found the treatment caused more complications than weight loss.” Read more at Bloomberg.com.

A mother and daughter talk about the development of an eating disorder, recognizing the societal contribution of “warped ideas” about being pretty and skinny, in Margarita Tartovsky’s great blog Weightless. Our annual Mother-Daughter-Sister Month is coming up in May, something we started a good number of years ago in recognition of the need to help women “discover the familial, historical and cultural influences that affect how we as women feel about our bodies and, therefore, take care of them.”

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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