Some Health Facts: Inspired By #NotYourGoodFatty

A few days ago, an interesting hashtag began trending on Twitter: #NotYourGoodFatty. The idea behind the hashtag was explained best over at Shakesville:

Playing the Good Fatty might entail talking about how you totally eat healthy all the time, or totally work out regularly, or totally have “great numbers” (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.), or totally make sure you wear clothes that aren’t too revealing. It’s basically saying: I’m not one of THOSE fatties. You know, the ones we’re always hearing about, with their eating whole pizzas and destroying the healthcare system and stuff. The transition from Good Fatty to Radical Fatty is when you decide it doesn’t matter why someone is fat. That fat people’s rights aren’t contingent on anything else but our humanity.

And naturally the haters came out of the woodwork. Some people even went to the trouble—knowing they’d be blocked or disciplined by Twitter at some point—of opening dummy Twitter accounts specifically to bash fat people. Sigh.

This was my contribution:

Responses included this gem from some douchebag:

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The Myth of the “Superfood”

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What exactly is a “superfood”? Loosely defined, it is a food that “is considered to be beneficial to your health and that may even help some medical conditions.” But what is the real definition of a superfood? There isn’t one. It’s a marketing term, pure and simple. It’s something people use to sell books, supplements and expensive food.

But I don’t really care about that. It’s not my business if someone wants to spend their hard earned shekels on goji berries. My main beef with superfoods is this: The perpetuation of the idea that there are a few magical foods that if consumed on a regular basis will bring a person perfect health and longevity. That they will be free of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other disease that the people who don’t eat the superfoods will most certainly die of. These foods can be divided into two groups. Continue reading →