xJimx wrote:On another veg*an forum I've been getting a lot of criticism for daring to suggest that some people are overweight because they eat too much & exercise too little.
Apparently the statement above is offensive is anyone who's overweight, particularly women as it reinforces patriarchal cultural stereotypes.
I thought this was a perfectly reasonable point of view; am I wrong?
I think it's a fair comment to make. If people eat a healthy varied diet and exercise then stands to reason the majority will be a healthy weight based on their genetic make up.
There should be a wide spectrum of weight distribution with a few underweight ones at one end and a few overweight ones at the other with the majority of folk in the middle.
However I believe this has become more skewed with the abundance of food readily available to us all especially all the fat and sugary foods humans have a liking for
that and the lack of physical activity we do. We don't even need to get up to turn the tv over these days and we can sit in front of screens for hours on end whether it be tv or computer. In my grannies day she would have been scrubbing steps, washing clothes by hand, walking out for food and cooking it etc now less of that happens as folk switch to ready meals, use labour saving devices and can watch tv 24/7 and I am sure drink far more alcohol then in the past.
I would argue xJimx that the folk that are commenting on it being unfair statement are probably overweight and perhaps women......................no offence to anyone hear that hand on heart doesn't eat that much and exercises regular and is still overweight. I personally am underweight, eat a fair amount and take limited exercise (few hours a week) - I think the solution for me is to eat more......cut down on aerobic exercise and weight train to build dense muscle.............your statement in the reverse