• Rebecca Watson wrote a new post, Fatphobia and Type II Diabetes, on the site Skepchick 1 year, 1 month ago

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    • Well, since the explosion of obesity and diabetes isn’t a side-effect of some underlying epidemic of ‘bad choices,’ or gluttony, or laziness; we’re stuck with a chicken/egg problem. Metabolic disorder/insulin resistance CAUSES fat gain while it progresses into the range that earns the ‘diabetic’ label. So yes, people DO eat their way into diabetes, but they have to have pre-tilted metabolisms for that to happen. Millions of people eat ‘bad’ diets without becoming diabetic. Others (like me) can drift up in weight, and into diabetes, while physically active and eating nobly swell diets.

      Fat phobia and eating disorders are no more ‘helpful’ than denialism in the form of ‘acceptance.’ Still, bad food is bad. Junk food and lack of access to real food are Bad Things. One cannot ‘choose’ to be non-diabetic after the condition is established. But all kinds of people, at all kinds of weights, can do much better for themselves.