Before I went on the Mike and Juliet Show, La Wade sent me some rebuttals to arguments that might be made on the show—and she told me I could repost them here. The last sentence of this one seems downright prescient:
Why don’t you lose weight if you’re not happy with how you’re treated?
Unfortunately, it is not easy to lose large amounts of weight and keep it off. A study from the National Weight Control Registry looked at the habits of people who lost significant amounts of weight and found that on average, they ate less than 1400 calories a day and exercised for an average of 90 minutes each day. It is a rare person who is able to maintain that sort of lifestyle indefinitely. Look at someone like Oprah Winfrey…she is a successful, intelligent, ambitious woman with every conceivable resource at her disposal, yet she continues to struggle with her weight.
Oprah has become synonymous with dieting. When the diet drug Alli came on the market last year, one wag commented: “Hello, there is no magic pill. If there were, Oprah would have found it and told us all about it.”…
“Some people will look at Oprah and say, ‘Wow, if she’s struggling, and she has all those resources, that makes me feel better’ ,” says Sandee Nebel, a Winter Park licensed mental-health counselor who specializes in eating behavior. “Other people will see her and say, ‘If she can’t do it with all those resources, then I could never do it.’ ”
Indeed, Oprah, by her own admission, has tried everything. She tried the Atkins diet, she tried diet pills. She tried the Scarsdale diet, the banana, hot dog and egg diet. She tried a 1,000 calorie a day diet. She tried Weight Watchers, Diet Work Shop and Diet Center. She tried Nutri-System. Everything worked for a while.
And Rachel talks about Oprah’s latest gimmick, clearing your clutter to lose weight. She says:
It wasn’t that long ago Oprah went on a liquid diet, inspiring thousands of viewers to embark on their own liquid weight-loss diets. She’s the poster child for unproven, untested, unsuccessful and medically unsound weight-loss plans galore – plans that despite their proven ineffectiveness, continues to motivate viewers to try similar methods because Oprah did it and look at her! And yet Oprah, who I’m sure has a maid to scrub her toilets and clean her immaculate mansion, continues to gain weight. Obviously, there is something far greater to body weight than having a messy house.
Now I’m thinking we need to get a segment on the Oprah show, so we can talk about getting off the dangerous yo-yo dieting bandwagon and actually focusing on the right things—like exercise and nutrition. Fatosphere powers, activate!
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