posted on Sep, 17 2008 @ 09:20 PM
This entire subject area is incredibly frustrating to me because it's overwhelming. There's so much we don't know or are misinformed about, and
it's not easy to dig out the truth among so many conflicting theories and studies.
What I do know suggests that we are gravely misinformed about what a healthy diet is, and that part of the reason for that is that poor diet, poor
health, eating disorders, and obesity are a multi billion dollar industry. Just go to the grocery store and look around you at the diet labels, the
low fat labels, the fiber labels. If everything were taken off the shelf that lists some claim related to helping you be healthy, lower cholesterol,
lose weight, etc. the store shelves would be half empty. If everyone were happy with their weight and reasonably healthy, whole brand names and
companies would go out of business. Who would eat all those tasteless little diet dinners and low-fat snacks if they didn't think they needed
to eat them in order to lose weight, lower cholesterol, have a healthier heart, and so on?
The diet and weight loss industry puts people - particularly women - on an endless merry go round of dieting, losing weight, returning to a "normal"
diet, gaining weight, dieting, losing weight, ad infinitum. Every women's magazine and the TV shows lead us to expect "lose 10 pounds in one week!"
or "lose 30 pounds in 30 days" or "it's not to late to fit into that swimsuit before Summer." A good, informed doctor or weight loss specialist
will tell you that it's not healthy or safe to lose more than 2 pounds a week, but every pill, drink mix, and diet plan out there promises instant
gratification and implies that it's your own fault if you don't succeed as promised.
The average doctor will tell you to lose weight and then hand you a stapled copy of a "one size fits all" 1200 calorie diet, or the AHA diet, or
something similar, and leave you to your own devices. Some studies indicate that between 9 million and 13 million people - mostly women - in the US
have undiagnosed or subclinical hypothyroidism. Impaired adrenal function, food allergies, insulin resistance, hormone imbalances, estrogen Hormone
Replacement Therapy, leptin problems, and others make up a confusing mishmash of medibabble, and no one can tell you which of these problems
you actually have. Besides which, if you have more than one of them you're really out of luck - most of the "plans" are individual to each specific
problem and don't play well with others.
Why isn't there anyone who knows about all this stuff and can guide an individual through it? Why isn't there anyone who can run some tests and do
some evaluations, and then design for you a long term plan of proper nutrition and treatments that will enable you to reach and maintain a healthy
weight? I don't know, but I suspect that it's because, if such specialists existed they'd put the diet and weight loss industry out of business, or
at least cut into their profits.
And the worst of it is, in my opinion, that all the while "they" have us convinced that it's all our own fault. We're gluttons, we're
weak-willed, we're lazy, we don't care enough to take care of ourselves, we're slobs, we eat snacks at the TV all evenings and weekends and we're
couch potatoes .. the list goes on and on, piling shame and guilt and failure and self-loathing on top of all the other problems .. and what do women
tend to do when suffering negative emotions and stress? Right .. EAT!!!