What is a calorie? This seems a rather obvious question, but how well do you actually understand what a calorie is, how they are used by the body, why an abundance of calories causes weight gain while restricting calories causes weight loss, how different types of calories affect the body, and what our bodies do… Continue reading Book – Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
Last night, I was looking through an old sketchbook/notepad and I found a grocery list from around 2006. I was living in Philadelphia, I was a full time student, and I was obese. Here’s what was on the list: cilantro red pepper purple onion cheese sour cream lettuce black beans milk fat-free cream grapefruit juice… Continue reading Personal Responsibility
If you follow this blog, you are probably aware that I use the scale as a tool by which I keep track of my progress and check in with myself daily to make sure the weight isn’t creeping back on. I think I have a pretty good grip on what those numbers mean and what… Continue reading April Challenge: No Weigh In
I never had much clarity about why I was so heavy to begin with until I had gotten pretty far into losing weight, but now I feel like I understand it pretty well, so here it is. The short answer is that I ate more food than my body required for my activity level. Now… Continue reading Why I Was Obese
The September issue of Glamour magazine has a story about Jess Weiner, prominent body acceptance proponent and author of Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds From Now, and her realization that her weight was negatively impacting her health. I gave a speech I’d given before, telling the audience that it was important for every woman of… Continue reading Does Body Acceptance Lead to Obesity?
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future is the dramatic title of a new report released today about the state of the nation’s fatness, among other things. It details which states are the fattest and which are the least fat, but still fat, because we’re all fat now! PANIC! This is a symptom… Continue reading The Lifestyle Epidemic
A lot of people assume that the overweight and obese are unhealthy. While it is true that there are health risks associated with excess weight, it is not true that average weight people are immune to these risks. Poor diet and lack of physical activity can lead to a variety of problems, one of which… Continue reading Healthy living isn’t just for fat people