Quoting fierce:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Fat-and-Happy:</b>" Thank you for your opinion. I don't agree ... [snip!] ... I don't, which is a love for yourself and acceptance of your body. I've struggled with that my whole life. So kudos to you!"
lol "high off your rocker" made me giggle.
It is a complicated issue. 95-98% of dieters gain all their weight back within 5 years. Suggesting weight loss is not an effective "treatment," if you will, of obesity. There is evidence that indicates that this kind of dieting/weight cycling is detrimental to your health. Obese women who have had the weight fluctuate are 4X more likely to experience hypertension than obese women whose weights have remained constant. Dieting also causes the body to up its set point weight to guard against the perceived famine that dieting causes. Also, there is some new research that suggests that dieting causes the brain to eat itself. There are a few studies that say that anyone, with any body size, can benefit from the benefits of a healthy lifestyle whether or not they lose any weight.
I'm not always confident, but I try my darnedest to be. Our cultural fear of fat causes every woman to live in fear and it causes so many to suffer.