This won’t be one of my longer blogs.
The University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine lists their mission as the following:
Founded in 1991 by Brian Berman, M.D., the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) is an inter-departmental center within the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
A leading international center for research, patient care, education and training in integrative medicine, the CIM is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Excellence for research in complementary medicine.
Emphasizing an approach to healing that values mind, body, and spirit, the Center is committed to:
Evaluating the scientific foundation of complementary medicine;
Educating health professionals and the public; and
Integrating evidence-based complementary therapies into clinical care to help people achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.
I believe they should also list misinformation and fat shaming in this statement as well.
But Phil, it’s the MEDICAL COMMUNITY you’re talking about! Surely they know more than you do!
No doubt, but that doesn’t preclude them from drawing conclusions that I strongly disagree with, because they refused to take into account all other factors so they could make their fat shaming point. This is the subject I’m referring to, a picture from their Facebook page.
As you can see, the slimmer, “healthy” body on the left is full of fruit and veggies, while the fat, “unhealthy” body on the right is full of cake and snacks.
Get it? If your body is like the one on the right, you must be eating all of that crap! Conversely, if you have that slim look, or want to get it, you need to eat the stuff in the body on the left! Pretty simple, eh?
But it’s not, really. I know many people who have the body on the left, yet eat TONS of the foods in the body on the right. I also have fat friends that eat vegetarian, vegan, even macrobiotic, yet their bodies look like the one on the right. Looks like the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine has some ‘splaining to do, at least to me, because I just don’t believe this lie.
And neither should you. It’s fat profiling, and it’s wrong.