‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me
Martina Donkers

I wonder why, if you were having so much pain, you never got a Second Opinion.

I am sorry but most of your “article” is not based in fact. According to the CDC people who are obese, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

OBESITY AND MORTALITY. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic.

I would hope that prior to publishing a piece on a topic as important as disease and chronic illness you would research some responsible sources. Since you don’t cite any source, do not qualify yourself as a physician or health care professional of any sort, I would hope that you would take this down. It would be a shame if someone were to read it and, thinking you were basing it on actual scientific research not make needed changes in their life. While Obesity may not have been the basis of your problem, to extrapolate that into saying it is not connected to chronic disease and early death is irresponsible.

According to the American Heart Association, persons with a body mass index (BMI) of >30 have a reduced life expectancy of 2–4 years less than compared with healthy weight adults; adults with severe obesity (BMI >40) lose 8–10 years of life expectancy, comparable to the effects of smoking.

cancer.gov/abohttps://wwwut cancer/causesprevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheet — According to the ACA 90,000 Cancer Deaths a year are attributable to obesity.

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/34/6/1424--According to the American Diabetes Association 200,000 deaths of diabetiscs each year are directly attributable to overweight and obesity.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1753-4887.1980.tb05967.x/full Contains 49 Scholarly Articles


As for your statement that diets do not result in lasting weight loss, while that may be true for some it is not the case if a person sticks with a healthy eating plan. And, as most every Association working toward the research and cure for these chronic illnesses will tell you, even small weight losses can drastically improve ones health status.

All of this information comes from a General Google Search. Imagine where we would find ourselves if we plowed into the JAMA or even Google Scholar. I understand you had a story to tell. However you could have told your story and utilize actual scientific information.

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