Conventional Wisdom says, we are what we eat. Eat healthy = be healthy; eat "bad foods"= be fat and/or sick. I don't think it's quite that simple, by a long shot. A little humor to make my point:
This was sent to me by Sigrun Danielsdottir, a Scandinavian HAES advocate:
1. Japanese people eat very little fat and have a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans and the British.
2. French people eat a lot of fat and have a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans and the British.
3. Japanese people drink very little red wine and have a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans and the British.
4. French people drink a lot of red wine and have a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans and the British.
5. German people guzzle beer and eat sausage and have a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans and the British.
Eat and drink what you want. Avoid speaking English.
I got a chuckle out of this, hope you do, too. And then, look for the messages beneath the joke:
For me, it's that the simplistic links purported by modern pseudo-science between any one food group and health are missing the big picture, and trying to paint health issues with moral overtones.
I also wonder, what IS it about American and British living -- lifestyle? food additives? our air or water? stress? our politicians? -- that have us having higher rates of heart disease? If, in fact, we do.
Recognizing and honoring your hungers and your appetites;
Helping to promote size diversity and to end size discrimination (starting with yourself, if needed);
Learning the facts (and unlearning the hype) about dieting, weight, and health; and
Remembering the victims of eating disorders, weight loss surgery and other weight-biased medical care
Thanks to a couple of friends who helped me celebrate today: Terry of BIG as TEXAS sent me a lovely custom-made "Early Endeavors" INDD card, and Barbara Bruno put a smile on my face with this photo (click on it for a bigger version):