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"Not if you consider weight as a cold, logical factor rather than as a means to punish the obese. Speaking of which, just imagine the domestic violence/verbal abuse that may be inflicted on the heavier member(s) of a family when tickets are purchased =8~0 It's unfair only in the same way expecting people with below average intelligence or health to make an above average living and save millions for retirement (like those who want to get rid of Social Security do). Actually, haven;t you noticed that those who would end so-called entitlement programs expect everybody to be above average?!" - Alstromeria
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Great post Alstromeria. Wonderful. Lots of compassion. I like that. Thank you.

Here is a little snippet from an article in the Wall Street Journal about obesity studies at Rockefeller University in 1959.

"Dr. Hirsch answered his original question — the subjects’ fat cells had shrunk and were now normal in size. And everyone, including Dr. Hirsch, assumed that the subjects would leave the hospital permanently thinner.

That did not happen. Instead, Dr. Hirsch says, “they all regained.” He was horrified. The study subjects certainly wanted to be thin, so what went wrong? Maybe, he thought, they had some deep-seated psychological need to be fat.

So Dr. Hirsch and his colleagues, including Dr. Rudolph L. Leibel, who is now at Columbia University, repeated the experiment and repeated it again. Every time the result was the same. The weight, so painstakingly lost, came right back. But since this was a research study, the investigators were also measuring metabolic changes, psychiatric conditions, body temperature and pulse. And that led them to a surprising conclusion: fat people who lost large amounts of weight might look like someone who was never fat, but they were very different. In fact, by every metabolic measurement, they seemed like people who were starving.

Before the diet began, the fat subjects’ metabolism was normal — the number of calories burned per square meter of body surface was no different from that of people who had never been fat. But when they lost weight, they were burning as much as 24 percent fewer calories per square meter of their surface area than the calories consumed by those who were naturally thin.

The Rockefeller subjects also had a psychiatric syndrome, called semi-starvation neurosis, which had been noticed before in people of normal weight who had been starved. They dreamed of food, they fantasized about food or about breaking their diet. They were anxious and depressed; some had thoughts of suicide. They secreted food in their rooms. And they binged.

The Rockefeller researchers explained their observations in one of their papers: “It is entirely possible that weight reduction, instead of resulting in a normal state for obese patients, results in an abnormal state resembling that of starved nonobese individuals.”

Eventually, more than 50 people lived at the hospital and lost weight, and every one had physical and psychological signs of starvation. There were a very few who did not get fat again, but they made staying thin their life’s work, becoming Weight Watchers lecturers, for example, and, always, counting calories and maintaining themselves in a permanent state of starvation."
- from, "Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside"

full article can be read @:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/08/health/08fat.html?pagewant...


In order for me to lose weight and stay thin I have to live in a permanent state of starvation for the rest of my life. I decided it's not worth it. It was not who I was meant to be.

Art
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