Never Too Thin: Why Women Are at War With Their Bodies Paperback – January 1, 1991
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- Publisher : Prentice Hall Direct; Reprint edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0136156002
- ISBN-13 : 978-0136156000
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
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The assertion that huge proportions of Americans are overweight and obese is also misleading. When insurance companies, rather that medical practitioners, decide upon the definition of obesity, they will choose the most extreme possible definition for the purpose of charging higher premiums and denying more claims. That's simply how insurance works. They are in business to make money, not to care for anybody's health, and certainly not to provide any unbiased standards by which health can be quantitatively measured. Every cent of premiums collected that they have to pay out in claims is a "loss" to them. Hence, matty's just quoting insurance misinformation instead of examining the underlying financial motives for ratcheting the concept of "healthy weight" downward.
As to the claim that being overweight puts one at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer, I'd like to point out that a recent study revealed that those who live longest are those with BMIs in the 25-29 range, which is considered overweight. They live longer than those with BMIs of 18-24, considered "normal weight", and longer than those with BMIs of 30 or higher, considered "obese."
As to the assertion that the author is an "old, bitter, fat women [sic]," I'd like to respond that the assessment is coming from some young, sexually frustrated, skinny, pimply teenaged misogynist nerd who doesn't have a chance of having a meaningful relationship with a woman in his lifetime, and so, has no other option but to resort to an ad hominem attack upon a learned scholar whose achievements he has no possible hope of ever approaching. Get yourself some therapy, matty04, and leave the literary analysis to those of us who can demonstrate some actual reading comprehension.