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Disrupting the Obesity Narrative

Schatzki redeems himself to some extent, though, in asking people to get up off the couch and take action, and I’m not referring to taking a stroll around the neighborhood. In the chapter on “Derailing Obesity Epidemic Researchaganda,” he calls on those who are really interested to give their side of the story, countering the government-sponsored message that thin equals healthy. Because it is the flip-side of the political narrative, Schatzki feels it’s worth finding media contacts to make sure the commonsense approach of simply doing enough physical activity to maintain a weight healthy for your body -- whether it results in a BMI of 25 or 35 -- has its say in the media. This review would be a good example of such a request, so I’m playing into his hand here.

Truly I don’t mind, though, because I’m a real-life example of Schatzki’s writing. I was rail-thin through my high school days, but ballooned over time to a point where I had 330 pounds on my 5’10” frame. Then I lost about 100 pounds of that through a reasonable diet, and more importantly, religiously walking about 2 miles a day. Once I stopped walking, though, I found the cessation of physical activity allowed my weight to rebound back up to where it is now, the point where size 40 pants mock me for being so four sizes ago.

But the key, explains Schatzki, is not going on a crash diet or getting back on phentermine, which I took for some time as I lost weight. All I need to do is make time for more walking and slowly get back to that level of physical activity I enjoyed before and I’ll get to a weight which is healthy for me, because the idea of being fit is more important for a long lifetime than the number on the scale. It won’t cost me anything but the price of a good pair of walking shoes, and I can eat pretty much whatever I want -- within reason, of course.

And it didn’t take a doctor to tell me this, as Schatzki’s background is actually that of a professional speaker. Like me, he just came to a point in his life where he wanted to get into shape, and after trying many of the other get-fit remedies, he did his own research and compiled the data he cites in The Great Fat Fraud. Surely by selling The Great Fat Fraud he’s only looking for a sliver of a slice of the huge financial pie created by the Obesity Epidemic.

Maybe it’s time the Weight Loss Industry goes on a financial crash diet. The government doesn’t need those extra lobbyists anyway.