Rocket's Gorgeous in the City

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


I'm not a fan of diets, but it's important to be healthy.

So when I see another article about how fat people need to shape up, I get conflicted.

Recent research has cast doubt on the old assumption that simply being fat is a significant risk factor for disease. It seems that if you want to be healthy, you should just take good care of yourself and let the scales say what they will.

When put under pressure to conform to a cosmetic body mold, rather than a health programme, "overweight" people often respond with inappropriate diets, swallowing down the diet coke and eating only junk but in small quantities. It's much better to eat a big meal of vegetables.

Overweight people with an unhealthy diet who were put on a healthy diet and exercise regime lost a little weight - not a lot. But they were so much better off for it!

Overweight, it seems, can be caused by a slow (energy-efficient) metabolism that favours that shape, or by too much chocolate and chips.

Now here's where I rock the boat.

There are things you can do to become more skinny - like not eating or eating and purging, like taking hormones or herbs that discourage fat depositing, or developing an exercise disorder. Some of us are just skinny.

We can overeat and gain weight. We can exercise less to help keep it on. But like the fat person deprived of basic nutrition by an extreme diet, it doesn't do us a lot of good.

So consider this next time you tell your skinny friend to eat a sandwhich. She may be eating many sandwiches already and feel under pressure to conform to a cosmetically acceptable body image rather than the healthy body shape to which she was born. A healthy body may be longer or slimmer than some, but will always be given away by good skin, good hair, bright eyes and a healthy muscle structure.

If you or someone you know is too skinny and has trouble gaining, make sure the diet is well balanced. It should include fat, protein and carbohydrate and all the vitamins. Eat lots of nuts, grains, legumes, vegies and fruit. If, after that, you're not happy with your weight, see a psychologist.


  • At 4:44 AM, Blogger jude the obscure said…

    Don't forget the water. Hydration is good.

  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger Rocket said…

    Thanks Jude. That would explain one thing...

    Again, that whole 8 litres a day thing is rubbish. But less than 2 is doing yourself harm and setting yourself up for yucky bloating when you do get around to hydrating.

    Shall we say 2 1/2 to 3 depending on the season and what you're doing?

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger shrover said…

    I recommend ice. I crunch probably a hundred cubes a day. Great stuff.

  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Rocket said…

    Dude, that's quite clever. Crunching ice is as good as fidgeting if you want to lose a bit. Also consider eating mustard and chilli.

  • At 3:47 AM, Blogger jude the obscure said…

    I mention water not for weight loss, but for the skin and general health. Especially if you've got any vices, like I do...;-)


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