A love letter from your fat friend.
Your Fat Friend

Does loving yourself include giving yourself a chance of health in later years? My partner drew my attention to a study where currently healthy overweight people were tracked over time and it was found that it was inevitable that they lost their good health. Fat is proinflammatory and positively linked with cancer risk. My sister who is 25 kg (55 lb overweight) is honest about the effect it has on her e.g. the joint pain she’s getting and not being able to adopt particular postures.

I believe from my observations it’s best to adopt a health-giving diet and the weight will sort itself out over time if that diet is MAINTAINED. A clue what this might mean comes from the livestock industry.If we want an animal to gain weight, we feed it grain e.g. CAFO beef vs New Zealand origin grass-fed high country beef which is exported to the US to dilute the fat content of hamburger. Another clue is liver pate: the best came from geese that were force fed wheat via a funnel going down their gizzards.

A couple of other observations: there were no fat people in the concentration camps. When I did a 54 day wilderness journey with a plumper friend where we were on rations with no access to other sources of food, I lost no weight despite having a BMI of around 18. She lost either 16 kg or 16 lbs in that time so this indicates to me her metabolism wasn’t slower than mine. It indicates she couldn’t bake or pop down to the shop and buy herself treats. We were doing identical activity and rest during that time.

If people can’t lose weight then it’s best to just maintain a steady weight and accept it rather than yo-yo dieting. But I wouldn’t disseminate a notion that being obese is a neutral state in terms of health. One in two adults has metabolic syndrome where excessive ingestion of refined carbohydrates e.g. soda, commercial cereals causes hyperinsulinemia and a cluster of signs and symptons e.g. pre-diabetes, and hypertension. Before anyone settles for the status quo of obesity, they need to make an informed choice. It is not just about cultural aesthetics, it is also about health and function. I couldn’t indulge in my preferred way of life if I was as big as my honest sister. She can’t indulge in hers and laments the weight she carries.

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