Or, What Would Fatties Do?
First let me say sorry for not being around here lately. I promise that once I get back into my school and teaching groove, there’ll be more posts and definitely more response to comments. It always takes me a bit to adjust.
Here’s my dilemma: I’m taking a nutrition class (just b/c it’s interesting, nothing to do with my major*) this semester. I’m finding it interesting except for one part. I’m sure you can guess. We’ve only had two sessions and in both the professor mentioned OBESITY (Dun Dun DUNNNNN) and thermodynamics multiple times.
Now I understand that in learning about nutrition, we’re going to be taught about the health issues related to food intake. I mean, we’ll learn about nutritional deficiencies certainly. And right now, general science is behind the idea of obesity=bad so I don’t even have a big problem learning about assorted comorbidities even though I believe these are more about lifestyle and genetics than body size.
However, I do have a problem with being taught that obesity is caused simply by excess caloric intake and can easily be “cured” by slight adjustments to diet and exercise.
So would you bring this up? The professor who teaches the class is a chemist with no actual background in nutrition or obesity so it’s possible that while she’s brilliant at teaching biochemical processes of food digestion/absorption, she’s relying on popular perception (what ‘everyone’ knows) when she says that obesity is easily reversed through diet and exercise.
Or would you just leave it?
Honestly, part of me wants to leave it because I always feel that I lack credibility in people’s eyes due to being fat. I mean, I’ve had numerous people tell me that on this blog and there’s not even a full body pic of me here.
But there are a lot of young women in the class. Several fat women too and part of me wants to at least acknowledge out loud that there are differing ideas amongst scientists about the risks, causes and ‘treatments’ for obesity.
So tell me what you think.
Also, my nutrition textbook (latest addition) talks about having to combine proteins in a veg*n diet which worries me since everything else I’ve ever read has debunked that idea.
* You know what totally fucks with admin people at college? Taking a class just because you’re interested in it. It makes me kind of sad that everyone was so shocked and kept reminding me that it doesn’t help me get my degree. Yeah, but I’m already full time so it’s not any extra money and there are no other classes available this semester that do go toward my degree. But they are all flabbergasted. Weird.