Side note: I read Nina Planck’s Real Food and it was really helpful in redirecting my eating goals towards eating “clean” unprocessed food that is actually recognizable as food. This book doesn’t say anything new, she and Pollan heavily share research and inspiration, but it did present some pretty convincing arguments for not eating a lot of what Americans consider to be “food.” Be warned however, that Planck is seriously anti-veganism, even stating that raising kids vegan should be considered neglect and she is toeing the party line about breastfeeding pretty hard. Also be prepared for complete lack of socio-economic awareness. Like Pollan’s work, this is what you *should* do, not what is really practical/possible for many people. Assuming you can temper these quirks, I highly recommend this book. End Side Note.
So, back to the points I was actually hoping to get into before this post just wandered off the trail….
I was thinking of starting some journaling over on the Weight Watchers’s site. They allow you some “blog” space (whoooo momma, these people would last about nine seconds out here in feral blog land) and I was going to use that to be a space in which I can blather endlessly about the weight loss thing while not cluttering up this blog with a topic in which you all probably have no interest. However, reading other stuff over there makes me feel like the program creates a shared space where a feeling of fat loathing is almost encouraged and where the mantra is “thin by the scale is real thin” instead of the more reasonable idea that “fit and healthy is the new thin.” So many people, quite specifically women, seem to be wrapped up in the idea that getting in that BMI range is the only thing that matters and that the number on the scale is what is making them healthier. It is somewhat frightening to me that this whole business is based on reinforcing the idea that it is your weight in numbers, and not all the hundreds of little healthy lifestyle changes, that will save you.
So that raises a lot of important questions about which I will blog here at the Well-Read Mom including, but not limited to:
- Why are we still so hung up on BMI?
- Is BMI so heavily “loved” because of the economic benefits it creates in the food industry, the diet industry and the medical sciences?
- Is there a gender disparity in how modern medicine treats “obesity” in men vs. women?
- Is “fat loathing” a gender issue because the only things society hates more than fat is fat women?
- Is the above true because there is still a pervasive norm for womens’ bodies to be considered public domain?
- Am I just as bad as the rest since seeing that scale go down is pretty darn thrilling?
*I say “probably” since I stagnated for so very long even with the points counting and working out that I hardly feel the idea is foolproof, but I imagine if you just keep hammering away at it, you will eventually get some results.