Wednesday, August 20, 2008

We're getting there. . . .

And I know this from reading pieces like this in the New York Times. Turns out your performance on a treadmill test is a far better measure of your mortality risks than the numbers on a scale. We told you so!

So yes, it's better to be fat and fit than skinny and unfit. And yes, let's take a look at just how loaded words like fat and overweight are in our culture.

I can't wait for this kind of thinking to percolate down through the culture. Just last night I was at dinner with, among others, a woman who teaches others about exercise and fitness. She paid lip service to some of the "fat but fit" thinking, but her parting comment was so typical of this debate: "But it's still bad to be fat."

I'm sending her the link to this article. Hope she gets it.

2 comments:

Kaity said...

I actually read this article on the 18th and was going to email it to you!
[Ive been reading your site for a little while but never commented before]

It makes me so happy that maybe REAL information is finally catching on.

Harriet said...

Hi Kaity,
Next time please do send it my way!

I know what you mean. I'm happy about that too. But it takes time for real social change.