How I Lost 12.5 Pounds & Regained My Soul

Naked, as in truth, and uncensored, I share my daily quest to survive as a woman and artist, while dealing with the complications of a full life, meddling in politics, loving my children to excess, totally permanently married and on a never-ending diet. While my soul is in constant need of repair and redemption, I struggle to do the right thing. In the meantime, let's all double the love. (Love, not sex, you fool). All posts are copyrighted material.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Is fatness all about genes? Mostly if you believe Gina Kolata

Good morning, my tempting little creamsicles~

Ah, yes, the scientific cavalry has arrived. And guess what? They are repeating all the things my mother said to me from eleven months old on. "If you eat what you want, you will be fat."

Okay, so that was pretty cruel on its face, particularly since I now have learned from Gina Kolata's new book, "Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss - and the Myths and Realties of Dieting", that it was cruelly true. The book is published by Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, by the way, and an excerpt of it is published in today's edition of the NY Times.

Well, the gist of the article is that in spite of the claims of 'willpower', genetics play the significant role in one's weight. Two fat parents are likely to produce a fat offspring 80% of the time, while two normal parents will produce a fat child 14% of the time. This is patently unfair, as we all know, and just as inheritable as baldness for guys or moustaches for girls.

Yes, most women have a moustache of some sort, so up yours! May I say thank you to the woman who obviously invented tweezers with eyebrow plucking as a legitimate subterfuge?

Anyway, read the full article, but here is the gist for those who might judge the size of another's fat cells:

“Those who doubt the power of basic drives, however, might note that although one can hold one’s breath, this conscious act is soon overcome by the compulsion to breathe,” Dr. Friedman wrote. “The feeling of hunger is intense and, if not as potent as the drive to breathe, is probably no less powerful than the drive to drink when one is thirsty. This is the feeling the obese must resist after they have lost a significant amount of weight.”

My friends, for many of us it would seem easier to donate a kidney than go on another diet. Really. If you are generally not in need of a diet, I would suggest you honor your ancestors. And if your kids are thin too? Maybe that is what Mother and Father's Days should be about. Gratitude.

As sad as it is, diets don't work except in the very short term and then there's the Piper to Pay when the result is an even lower metabolic rate to contend with after that. Those without an issue should not judge, and then we won't have to judge your arrogant son-of-b*tch attitude either.

Clark County Diva

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