Nothing Intuitive Hereā€¦

Published 3.20.2021: It's been awhile since I checked in on the “fat-o-sphere.” So long, that I’m pretty sure that’s not the current term for it. Certainly fat blogging has changed over the years. Many blogs are now moribund, and links to them dead. Were I to go back through the archival pieces at this site I might remove all the dead links, but that’s not likely to happen soon.

Quick aside: Google recently changed their ad policies (again). This time the result is that some older posts might have blank spaces rather than ads now. I don't know, and sadly for reasons unclear to me, the previous file that was this website no longer works. That means to update, I will have to manually change everything… and that's unlikely to happen, perhaps ever. Not that this will be the only outdated site on the web. People abandon websites/blogs etc all the time. End aside.

Anyway, I’m highlighting this link because I noticed that the average size for women is now considered 18, rather than 12. A few years ago the number was 12. Pretty sure that vanity sizing still occurs, so I guess that’s an indication that Americans are still getting fatter every year? Or maybe it suggests that the 12 number was too small. In any event, it caught my attention.
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Otherwise the blather about diet culture is exactly as it used to be. It’s evil, it’s pervasive and it controls us all. Even if you think it doesn’t control you, it does. You just aren’t aware enough to notice. My own definition of diet culture is more narrow. Basically if you’re following a fad diet (low carb, keto, Whole 30, Nutritarian, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), etc.) then you are waist deep in diet culture.

The word diet can be used to define any type of eating. Elephants have a typical diet, as do pandas. Humans are different because humans can basically eat almost anything to survive, as opposed to say, cats, which have to have meat or they die. (Sorry vegans).

The “science says diets fail” line has changed too. Now they claim that diets don’t work in the 2-5 year time frame. Bowing to the reality that in fact, diets do work while people adhere to them. The problem of course is that people don’t adhere long term to fad diets (see above) and if you go back to eating more, then you go back to weighing more.

The energy balance still rules, whether HAES folk (or the keto clan) accept it.

This little ditty from Ragen Chastain (who may not go by that name other than professionally at this point) claims that Kaiser gets intuitive eating wrong in its policies.

Well, as intuitive eating doesn’t make a lot of sense, it’s not surprising that Kaiser’s version falls short of the HAES arbiters. Kaiser, as health providers, knows that telling people to eat all they want without considerations beyond what they are feeling is a recipe for disaster.

Many health providers seem to like the concept of “intuitive eating” because they assume that intuitive implies eating only what you need to be healthy. Whereas others believe that intuitive means you eat anything you want whenever you want it, without regard to the implications for your health. (I include weight as an indicator of health, which automatically puts me outside the HAES confines. I can live with that.)

Terms that lack precise definitions (and "intuitive eating" surely does) are generally useless.

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