I follow the Facebook page I fucking love science and today they posted something really interesting and really powerful.
Here is the excerpt from her post:
These two pictures show body scans of two women approximately the same age and height. The one on the left weighs 113 kg (250 lbs), while the one on the right weighs 54 kg (120 lbs). Accumulated adipose tissue is not the only difference between the two; the obese woman has an enlarged heart and her lungs are somewhat restricted.
Obesity has recently been declared a disease by the American Medical Association. While this does not have any legal ramifications, it may encourage doctors and insurance companies to take more steps in treating and preventing obesity. However, many disagree with the AMA’s definition, citing that obesity is a complex issue with multiple causes and treatment options.
Obesity is defined as having a body mass index over 30 kg/m^2. It greatly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis.
More info: http://bbc.in/14whyV6
I thought this was fascinating. I’ve said it in my posts before, that I think when it comes to aesthetics, you should love who you are. I have also said though that it’s important to be healthy.
The photo above has painted a very real picture for me. While most of the comments on IFLS are somewhat hateful and full of fat shaming (surprise), I took away some different points: enlarged heart, strained joints, restricted lungs. Yikes!
Sometimes you find motivation in places you would least expect it!