For some time I’ve been on a low-carb <1,000 calories per day diet, and I’m losing at least a kilo a week with little effort. I’m sick to death of people who peddle the narrative that society is to blame for obesity, rather than telling obese people they have personal responsibility for losing weight, to achieve a number of goals. Over half the people who die of Covid in the UK are obese. Losing weight is a matter of taking personal responsibility. There are only one or two requirements for losing weight – reducing calorie intake sufficiently and (ideally) taking more physical exercise. End of.
In my experience, men – including myself – have always willingly accepted that their obesity results from their eating and drinking habits. But a whole industry exists to feed women’s narcissistic belief that they’re not responsible for being obese. In my international bestseller Feminism: The Ugly Truth (2016) I included a chapter, Why are fat women fat?
The latest high-profile person to peddle the “society is to blame for obesity” BS is Nadine Dorries, the mental health minister, as reported by the Mail here. The start of the piece:
Describing someone as ‘overweight’ is wrong because it harms their body image [J4MB: Does she mean “it makes them face reality”?] and may discourage them from getting fitter, a health minister said yesterday.
Nadine Dorries said that ‘obesity’ was an ‘awful word’ and warned that focusing on the health risks of excess weight was ineffective. [J4MB: Er… why?]
She told MPs it was better to emphasise the positives of healthy living, including better relationships, [J4MB: Er… why?] improved sleep and a sharper brain.
Later in the piece, some common sense:
Two in three British adults are already overweight, increasing their risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Covid. Charities last night warned Miss Dorries was wrong to shy away from the subject, saying it must be confronted head on and not ‘swept under the carpet’…
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, disagreed with Miss Dorries and said her stance could make matters worse. He said: ‘We absolutely must talk about obesity.
‘If you don’t tell people they are obese they will not know they have a problem and will do nothing about it.
‘What is important is that you tell people in a sympathetic, caring manner and give them the help and support they need to lose weight.
‘We cannot simply say, “Do not talk about obesity,” and just sweep it under the carpet or the health of the nation will get worse.’
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