Over the past two years I've been reading the fatosphere I've come across SO MANY links to news articles, journals and magazines that point to a made-up epidemic it's not even funny. It's tragic. The media, and now even the First Lady of the United States, is pushing this idea so strongly that any counter-arguement gets lost in the noise. Below are my favorite and best links that counter the obesity panic.
From Brittanica.com, the Top 10 Obesity Myths.
Children are getting fatter! OMG they're so unhealthy and going to die before their parents! Oh wait, no they're not.
From Body Impolitic, why the BMI should not be used to determine health. This post also contains links to Kate Harding's BMI project and the Rotund's graphs on height and weight. Both should also be explored.
The Big Fat Facts blow the lid off the obesity 'crisis' quite nicely.
There are over 300 medications with the side effect of weight gain.
The question was asked "Is everyone who's obese unhealthy?" The answer is NO.
Is being fat genetic? You bet your ass it is! The New York Times wrote about this in May of 2007.
So who's fat? Who's obese? Who's 'death fat?' It's not the people you think it is...
Most importantly, in my heartfelt opinion, there are more people suffering from anorexia and bulemia, conditions that will ACTUALLY KILL YOU much more quickly and much more often than being fat will, than people with breast cancer.