The Week That Was #1

There are so many great articles, pictures, comments and blogs that I see throughout the week. A lot of them I share on my Facebook page, but there’s often things I choose not to share because I don’t want to be posting multiple times a day and annoying everyone. So I decided to do a weekly blog post sharing all the things I’ve seen and loved over the past week. If you’re interested and want to read more click the links (the heading for each), if not, keep checking Facebook for daily tidbits!

1. This article about little girls and body image. 
I found this article quite upsetting and unfortunately so true. This line in particular struck a nerve –

“And the other day, in that car, tears streaming down her face, she finally said ‘I know, but you’re training me. You’re not training the whole world.'”

We need to support our children (both boys and girls) to develop positive body image, but as adults we also need to work to change the way the entire world thinks about the human body. Big challenge. But it starts with you.

2. This Tumblr response following the Maria Kang ‘What’s Your Excuse’ meme.

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I personally didn’t like the original Maria Kang meme at all, for a number of reasons, but the biggest being the insinuation that we should all look like that or being striving to look like that and we must all be full of excuses as to why we don’t. The fact is we’re all different and we all have different priorities in life. If she chooses to prioritise and dedicate such time to her body and appearance then that is entirely her decision and that’s ok, but likewise, if someone chooses to dedicate their time and effort to getting a uni degree, or learning an instrument, or looking after a loved one, or watching back to back episodes of Gilmore Girls or whatever else they choose then that is their decision as well. There are some people who might even dedicate as much time to their health and fitness as what Maria does, yet still not look like that because quite simple, we aren’t all meant to look like that. We don’t need an excuse for not looking the way Maria Kang does. These are two responses that I loved.

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3. This ‘End Fat Talk’ video.
The way that we think and talk about ourselves and others really does have a huge impact. The more you say something, the more you start to believe it. Change your thinking from a thin ideal to a healthy ideal.

4. This article about whether saturated fat is good, or bad, or neither, or both….
Dietitian and Nutritionist Fiona McHugh posted this on her Facebook page. A very interesting article exploring the research around saturated fats and the manipulation of results to suit people’s (and the media’s) own opinion. My favourite part:

“‘In the past 30 years in the U.S. the proportion of energy from consumed fat has fallen from 40% to 30% (although absolute fat consumption has remained the same), yet obesity has rocketed.'”

The author of the commentary, Dr. Malhotra, adds the “yet” at the end of this line as if to indicate this is a surprise outcome. We cut dietary fat, but got fatter! But in implying this, he also seems to be implying that he failed to read what he just wrote. Re-read his line.

If the percent of calories from fat went down, but total fat intake did not (this is exactly what he is saying, and yes, it is true)- it leads inexorably to only one conclusion: total calorie intake went up, diluting down the percent of calories coming from fat. Can you imagine not rolling your eyes at a statement, pretending to be provocative, that read: “our calorie intake went up and yet we got fatter!” The only reasonable reaction to that assertion is: duh!

It seems pretty clear that most journalists covering this story ignored the implications of this line. But more surprisingly, the author himself ignored the implications of what he wrote. We never really cut our fat intake-we simply diluted it as a percent of total calories by eating more sugar and starch. So we kept the saturated fat, replaced some of it in time with trans fat, and applied a generous icing of starch and high-fructose corn syrup. And yet, amazingly, we didn’t wind up healthier. Well then, yes, clearly saturated fat must be good for us! Or not.”

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