Disease Proof

I'm Not Fat

Dr. Fuhrman begins his book Eat to Live with this observation of America's dietary indiscretions:

Americans have been among the first people worldwide to have the luxury of bombarding themselves with nutrient-deficient, high-calorie food, often called empty-calorie. By "empty-calorie," I mean food that is deficient in nutrients and fiber. More Americans than ever before are eating these rich, high-calorie foods while remaining inactive—a dangerous combination.

Unfortunately millions of people don't acknowledge the consequences of these habits. Notably obesity. According to Dr. Fuhrman the effect of the standard American diet (SAD) is like digging our graves with forks and knives.

To make matters worse the Associated Press reports a new study reveals many obese people don't categorize themselves as such. A dangerous mistake when you consider the increased health risks associated with being obese. Tim Whitmire reports:

"If somebody doesn't perceive themselves to be obese, they are most likely not going to pay attention to any public health information about the consequences of obesity," said Kim Truesdale, a nutrition researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Among those consequences are heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.

The study of 104 adults, ages 45 to 64, showed that only 15 percent of people who fit the body type for obese correctly classified themselves that way.

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Ioana Razi - April 11, 2006 9:05 PM

I believe that Dr.Fuhrman's straight forward writing about our nation's obesity is terrific. He is calling us to order.Following his diet of nutritional excellence each person can take responsability for their health and gain deep optimism as they feel and see their healing capacity.

anet - April 11, 2006 10:36 PM

Though I risk sounding sexist I bet its mostly MEN that won't admit they're obese, I have met so many overweight men that think they're fit.

anet - April 14, 2006 6:35 AM

along this same vein of self-delusion...I told a coworker about this little study and we decided to take our own unscientific un-statistically sound poll.
We asked people in our lab "over all do you consider your diet healthy" Now we see two meals that these folks eat (we have a morning break that most every one eats at and an afternoon break and some folks eat throughout the day, going into conf room for various snacks)
The results were laughable. Remember we SEE what these folks eat, fries from the cafeteria, the nachos w/ EXTRA cheese, bagels for breakfast...
One coworker who is especially big eater (starts every day off fried hash browns in morning from cafeteria OR a Jimmy Dean sausage/egg bisquit and at break big muffin at break, his lunches are always the high fat/salt dishes loike nachos, spagetti w/ meatballs) In fact, he told us once that every member of his immediate family EXCEPT 14 y.o. son has had weightloss surgery)ANYWAY, he said an unqualified YES, my diet is healthy.

anet - May 7, 2006 7:56 AM

this article is from Boston Globe about "vanity sizing" women's clothing...looks like we have a lot of help deluding ourselves


Jonathan - February 12, 2008 10:58 PM

I agree with everything said. When I was obese, I didn't realize it. Losing 80 pounds, I didn't know it other than my clothes not fitting. Also, I hate that small clothes are really mediums in America. Mediums are really larges.

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