you do realise that being overweight is bad for you. I’m not talking about being “chubby” or whatever, I’m talking about being clinically overweight.
Oh, wow, really? NO ONE HAS EVER TOLD ME THAT BEFORE. NEVER. CERTAINLY NOT EVERY DAY OF MY FUCKING…
If someone is healthy then why aren’t they at least chubby if not average? If you are healthy then your body shouldn’t be storing fat, it should be burning it. Now I don’t put much faith into bmi and bmr, however putting in my stats of 5’8’ around 179lb at the age of 22. It says I need on average 1895.17 calories, which I don’t meet at all because I rarely eat which is dumb and unhealthy. However that’s easily enough food for one day and the heavier you are the more your body works, obviously, so it shouldn’t be hard to lose the weight. I mean unless your body hates you and has fucked up some how.
Because neither calories nor bodies work the way you think they do.
Not everyone’s body works the same, either. And about 60% of the population will actually put on more weight than they lost after a diet, because the body can’t tell the difference between dieting and famine, and their body’s response to intermittent famine is to pack on more pounds in order to survive the next round of famine. The metabolism slows down. I went through several rounds of dieting when I was very young, at the insistence of my family, and still tend to restrict my eating when under a lot of stress.
It’s also been demonstrated that the babies of people who restrict their food during pregnancy are more likely to be fat (it’s called an epigenetic effect, meaning that something that happened during gestation switched on certain genes), again probably for much the same reason.
Fat is actually an adaptive trait of some bodies, enabling them to survive periods with very little food available.
Fat is also largely genetic and epigenetic. Fat people tend to have fat children, even if those children are raised by thin people and on “healthy” diets.
The understanding of the body your assumptions are based on is about 70 years old, and dreadfully out of date. Much of the data since then have demonstrated consistently that bodies don’t work that way. Even what we think of as “calories” has nothing to do with the way the body (anyone’s body) processes food, since the numbers we have for calories are based on the amount of heat produced when the food is burned, not the amount of energy the body extracts from the food.
But by nearly every measure other than weight, I am perfectly healthy. My blood pressure is low, my blood sugar is normal. My cholesterol is a bit high, but it remains high no matter how I eat, and that’s consistently true in my family, which has a long history of high cholesterol on both sides. One of these days I’ll go on meds for it, but there’s nothing else to be done. My strength is quite good, and I’m actually pretty muscular under my fat. I can’t do sustained aerobic exercise, but only because of my asthma, and there’s nothing to be done about that, either. But with a good inhaler, on a day with a low pollen count and good weather, I can walk for miles.
Health does not mean what you think it does, and bodies don’t work the way you think they do. There are resources and sources linked all over the This Is Thin Privilege blog. You might try the Health At Every Size community site, or the book Health At Every Size. The book Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolada is good, too. That is, if you really want to understand, rather than sticking to your outdated notions and prejudices.
Whatever I’m terrible with arguments, I just tag along comments with my opinions and knowledge. I would like to point out several facts, diets don’t work you obviously gain weight after it. A complete and total change in diet works, which I didn’t even mention dieting. I said eating healthy, period dot. Second I’m in the military and they take not being a fat fuck rather serious(or they do now) so I’m pretty well fucking educated on fitness and health. Though half the shit they try and teach us is just the current fad so it’s just stupid shit that is pretty worthless. However it makes fucking sense that if you burn more calories than you take in then you’ll start burning fat… Where we store calories.