The Truth About Fat

I’ve been saying this for years. (login: cypherpunk/cypherpunk) It isn’t about being fat, it’s about being inactive. People get fat from dieting. In this season of counter-productive resolutions, go get your myths exploded.

5 Responses to The Truth About Fat

  1. Paul says:

    I reckon I get fat to protect myself from the knocks of the world.

    But also: what is fat? Subjective view points! the media project the norm as a size eight whilst the truth through scientific studies show the norm to be more like 14!!!

    It seems to be about what we think we should be divided by what we are, multiplied by the pressure of guilt about not being what we obviously are not: which is…..the opposite to everything we are!!

    Difficultly simple, isnt it!

  2. Cat says:

    Size eight? I thought models were much, much smaller than that. More like a four. Most of the women in the media (at least over here) are frighteningly underweight.

    I think a big part of the solution is finding a way to ignore the media and societal pressure and decide what works for you, and you alone.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Hi Cat,

    I just thought to finally post something on your site, rather than just reading on it. Re. the size 8, are the AUZ and the US size the same??? But then again, it doesn’t really matter. Just out of curiosity, how does one get fat from dieting? Never really tried it …

    I like your essays A LOT!!! They are funny, insightful and I love the way you write!!! Naturally, my cat Freyja is a bit angered by your view of cats and is contemplating a response piece, but she hasn’t decided if she “wants to stoop that low”–her words, not mine. Otherwise, she, too, gives you the two thumbs up on your essays.

    Hope you are having a great day!
    Evelyn & Freyja-Johanna

  4. Cat says:

    Hi Evelyn & Freyja-Johanna!

    I don’t know about sizes between Oz and the US. Even my Aussie husband doesn’t know that one–I suspect there are differences. On the other questions…

    1. Dieting lowers your metabolic rate–meaning you burn calories at a much slower pace. This is a self-defense mechanism the body uses to prevent starvation. The problem is, you never really recover. When you begin eating normally again after a diet, you will gain all your weight back, plus several more pounds. This has been documented over and over again. On a societal level, we see a culture obsessed by being thin; children (!) are dieting or being made to diet at younger and younger ages. This has been going on since the Age of Twiggy in the 60s. Since then the curve has gone ever upward. The correlation is fairly clear–at least to me.

    2. I LOVE KITTIES! I just have a twisted sense of humor. I have two cats that my husband and I absolutely dote on.

    Thanks very much for the kudos. 🙂

  5. Evelyn & Freyja says:

    Now I know why I never believed in dieting :-)))), and I think in general the US is much more crazed about being skinny than most of Europe is, at least from a broader, very general perspective. I never felt quite so pressured to maintain a specific physical appearance than I have since I moved to the US. The power of the media …

    I like your “twisted sense of humor” and I’m pretty sure Freyja will ease up on her frustration and see the cat loving part in you eventually. I would love to have a second cat, but Freyja hates every other cat and will attack them and has done so in the past. If only she knew what she is missing out on. By the way, I love the picture of the huge cat blocking traffic and eating a car. Where did you get that from or did you create it yourself?

    Okay, back to less fun forms of writing 🙂