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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What’s Next, an Atherosclerosis Acceptance Movement?

The Hidden Danger of the “Fat Acceptance” Movement

You know the old saying, “If something is too good to be true….” Well, the “fat acceptance” movement is telling people something that sounds too good to be true. They are insisting that people can be “healthy at any size” and sometimes even that being overweight is healthier than being slim. They’re wrong, and the smarter and more educated people among the “fat acceptance” movement should know better. They “cherry pick” misleading findings from a few studies and ignore a vast scientific literature on the effects of diet on health. Such behavior is sickening, and the advice they give is dangerous.

Here’s the simple truth: excess body fat is only one of the possible bad effects of eating the wrong kind of food. Eating too much fat and too much animal protein can send you to an early grave even if you are thin and exercise a lot. The classic example is Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running, a 1977 bestseller that launched the running boom.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Famous Vegan: Sports Illustrated's 1973 Athlete of the Year

Vegans aren't creatures from the planet Vegas. They're individuals who won't eat any animal products at all. Here's a famous vegan athlete, who was named Sports Illustrated Male Athlete of the Year in 1973. I vividly remember watching this race.

Now, there are some naysayers who will quibble that he was wearing leather, which a true vegan would refuse to do. I would argue that he probably would have preferred to run around naked.