Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

These Readers Are Overweight, Loving It

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

These Readers Are Overweight, Loving It

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Dear Ann Landers: Our country has gone nuts about diet and weight loss, and you didn't help much to restore sanity to this goofed-up picture when you told that overweight woman to get counseling.

I am 50 pounds overweight, and I feel a lot better physically than I did when I was down to my so-called ideal weight. Please get off this subject and on to one you know something about.

NEWTON, KAN. Thanks for the clobber. Apparently, a lot of readers agree with you. Keep reading: Dear Ann Landers: Do you know that four out of five fourth-grade girls have already been on a diet? Those are 10-year-olds! Today's models weigh 23 percent less than the average woman. When I gave up dieting, it was a conscious decision to stop obsessing about my imperfections and focus on my attributes. I'm a lot happier now. Please use my name. BARBARA IN MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. From Astoria, Ore.: Why are you helping promote the idea that life is not worth living unless you are thin? I weigh 55 pounds more than the charts say I should, but I feel a heck of a lot better than I did when I was 60 pounds lighter. I'd rather be fat and happy than thin and miserable. Milan, Minn.: Get a clue, Ann! There are fat people all over the world who are healthy and happy. They fight a constant battle to maintain their self-esteem against a barrage of misinformation promoted by people like you who keep saying we are unhealthy, unhappy and emotionally distraught. There's nothing wrong with me, so what's YOUR problem? Eureka, Calif.: Going on diets will not make unhealthy fat people healthier. In fact, such attempts may not even make them thinner because most diets result in eventual weight gain. It's called the yo-yo syndrome. Shame on you. No City, Texas: I've waged war with the bathroom scale for 19 years and been on every diet imaginable. …

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