Midway through Day 2 of BEDA’s national conference, I continue to try to learn from those around me. This case in point: There is candy everywhere.
I've mentioned Phil Werdell enough times that he has his own keyword on the site, and I'm happy to spread word of his work any time I can. He's a friend and a mentor.
Today, I'm spreading word just a little bit farther, or differently, via Today's Honoree, a website that recognizes someone every day. I'm not sure how I found them; more likely, they found me via a broadly cast e-mail campaign, which is not to say spam.
I was the guest of Deborah and Karen of the Book Goodies podcast last night, and though I'm still looking for the audio, here's a brief print interview we did together.
An Ottawa joint puts out an ad with a photo of its burger and the line, "Help us fight anorexia."
"Wow," I think, "what tone-deafness. They're making light of disease to make a buck! Who does that?"
My first point today is that obesity is not a disease.
Disease can cause obesity, but to me, obesity is not a disease but a condition — a result of heredity, behaviors, and often of choices (though not always).
The disease I’m thinking of in that last sentence is, of course, food addiction, which also goes to “... choices (but not always).” Food addicts do engage in behaviors that often result in obesity, but untreated, they (we) don’t have the same power of choice that you have — and that you probably think we should have.
You may know that I've begun a series of short videos offering dieting advice that doesn't focus on food. As you (should) know, I'm not a nutritionist, or researcher, or clinician, and I have no desire whatsoever to advise others on food plans. What I am is a person with the experiences having been very fat for decades and then having escaped that obesity, also for decades (so far).
Just connected, if only in Twitter-ese, with Cameron Hay, 34, of Melbourne, Australia, a former personal trainer now working back from 315 pounds and blogging about it at fitnessandthefatguy.com.
After brief perusing, I thought enough of what I saw to bring him to your attention.
I just caught on that an audio recording I made about my food story at a food-and-health festival last summer is posted on the "Let's Talk About Food" website. It's about 5 minutes, I guess.
This post concludes a series of posts I’ve written to participate in the Blog-a-Thon To End Sugar Addiction, which started Tuesday and ends on Monday, Halloween Day, perhaps America foremost sugar-driven holiday.
I have another opinion in this topic area that I like to flaunt because I have absolutely no fear that I’ll ever be proven wrong, even though I haven’t any data to back it: