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Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
11:45 pm
2 questions
Do we know if any research has been done on the following question:

It is my impression that ideal weight charts were first determined twenty years ago or so. In the last twenty years, more and more foods have been genetically engineered and growth-hormoned.

I think Americans in particular are growing, each generation: evidenced by vintage dress sizes, by shoe size, by heights. I think that almost all of us are taller than our parents with bigger feet, and that we women reached physical maturity at an earlier age and kept growing. (I don't know if any of you guys can borrow your mom's shoes, but it seems that there is a *growing* trend! groan)

I had a very creepy teacher who mentioned that he tried to go hunting in order to feed his family organic meat - he went on to mention that women are getting their chests younger and younger.

I wonder if so many Americans are 'overweight' because we've grown since the charts were made?

Question two:
what are BMI charts based on? Why don't they take frame into account? How does BMI really relate to health? Is there true science to back it up?
Monday, September 12th, 2005
3:13 pm
Several thoughts...
Let me make an outline here, because I've got a lot of stuff to say and it's disorganized. I posted this in the community curvygirls but thought you folks might be interested too, so I added a little for our purposes.

1. Pro-ana communities.

2. "Plus-Size" stigma.

3. "Traditionally Built."

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
10:21 am
This is from Margaret Cho's blog. (11-03-04)
Here's a testament to the silliness of dieting - not a scholarly article by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought it might be useful. Of course, for any sort of reproduction I imagine the F-word would have to be censored somehow?

Anyway, in sum, this is Margaret Cho's account of what happened when she finally quit dieting. Spoiler: She lost weight anyway. "Since I can have everything, nothing is that important."

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Friday, August 19th, 2005
2:19 pm
I am a poster girl for the whole notion of ending dieting.

Long history of eating disorders, etc., but that's a journey that has led me to the belief that the culture of dieting is something that's wrong with our society.

I wrote an essay about the rise of anorexia in the late 19th century and how it related to what women were being told that they should do and be in the home, even to the point of how to decorate. I will revise it and post it here, along with the very substantial works cited pages.

My recovery has included a substantial intellectual pursuit into many of the ideas outlined for this book project, which is why I am interested to collaborate on it if possible. I am also a Ph. D. student in English, so my services as a good reader/editor/writer might also be useful later on. I have also done a fair amount of public awareness work about eating disorders.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
12:28 am
i promised you a topic outline
Some topics that need to be explored in the book (please throw out ideas on these topics or on other things that should be covered)

Proof that it doesn’t work

-how people have become more and more obese as the obsession with weightloss has increased
-actual percent of dieters who keep weight off
-how countries most interested in weightloss become heaviest

Why it doesn’t work
-Set points and physical starvation mode (and bodies decision that it must store more fat after periods of famine)
-deprivation mindset leads to binging both out of physical incredible hunger and out of over-romanticizing food (studies that show that people who restrict actually end up eating more)
-all or nothing mindset (how people gain weight before beginning diets, etc)

The effects of dieting on the body
-causes one to gain weight in the long-run
-studies on the health of yo-yo dieters versus steadily overweight people
-studies that show effects of starvation mode (especially in terms of causing obsessive compulsive behaviors)

Disprove idea that weightloss would really improve health
-find actual studies that are used to show this and show how largely they don’t apply as much as they are used
-studies on active overweight people
-lack of studies on people who’ve lost weight and kept it off because there aren’t enough people that have done so to study them so all studies just compare the naturally fat to the naturally thin
-proof that fitness is more important an indicator of health than weight

Psycological and political effects of dieting
-our society’s obsession with weightloss keeps overweight women powerless and ashamed
-people postpone happiness until they are thin (never chose to be happy in the moment)
-allows people to blame situation (their weight problem) for their unhappiness
-keeps diet industry rich and therefore powerful, perpetuates these ideals onto another generation

Eating Disorders
-they suck (this is important – they will be so far from glamorized in this book – we will show how much it sucks to be stuck in one)
-they’re a natural result of dieting, not only developed by the naturally psychotic (why this cycle naturally develops – bodies obsessive response to starvation as a survival instinct + studies proving this)
-studies showing percent of EDs that began as diet and percent of dieters who will develop EDs
-coe never cured by diets, usually perpetuated by them

What to do now
-love your body enough to choose to nourish it
-live in the moment, starting today
-swear off rules and swearing things off, just right now, make a good choice

Success Stories
-stories from people who quit dieting
Monday, August 8th, 2005
8:19 pm
after this I'm gonna sit back and learn.
Ladies and gents, I think this is a wonderful idea. I'm Alice from Cleveland....
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I probably won't be very USEFUL here. I am very confused by dieting, and I can't tell what's supposed to be healthy and what's not anymore. Sometimes I believe there's a conspiracy, in which McDonalds and other restaurants sell us way too much damn food because that's cheaper than actual healthy stuff, and then we take TrimSpa or buy Bowflexes or sign onto AtkinsSouthBeach in order to lose that weight. And sometimes I think, well, the Abs and South Beach diets seem to be emphasize eating foods that have protein, fiber, and other nutrients, so maybe those are good dietary guidelines after all?

Anyway, the whole things confuses me and I do believe that diets do a hell of a lot more harm than good. I'm happy to sit back from now on and read what you guys (who are more informed than I) have to say!

Thank you for creating this.
4:38 pm
greetings to our two new members!!!! :D :D

So, obviously, we don't have very many people yet, but I know a couple others who I think are planning on joining and I just posted this to one other community where we might get a couple of people.  If you guys have any other places that you'd like to advertise, feel free. 

I'm really glad to have the two of you, though.  ladyoracle I know from eljay and heavensoverated I checked out your userinfo and such before I approved you and I really think you're both exactly the type of people I was hoping would be intersted.  I'll post a rough topic outline soon, so you guys can get an idea of the type of stuff that would be good to post, but in the meantime, if you just want to introduce yourselves or if you want to write about your experience with dieting (or of course if you run across any studies you think could be relevant), please please post.  Just saying hi would even be great to get the community active.  But my point mostly is, welcome! :)


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Sunday, August 7th, 2005
3:44 pm
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
4:24 pm
I'll really start trying to get this community off the ground when I get home from Guatemala (Saturday), but I wanted to get it set up today. Basically, this is a place to work on a book I want to write, mostly to collect and post different studies that will later be useful, as well as to discuss different effects of dieting both on the body as well as on the individual as a whole and on society. Read the intro for more information.
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