Posted by Pattie on 4/11/2002 05:31:00 PM

It occurred to me this morning that even if one could prove that fatness was a true risk factor for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure without regard for daily diet, dieting history or level of daily activity (and this is a BIG IF), it is not necessarily true that losing weight would be a cure.

It seems to me that making fat people lose weight through punative measures such as drastic diets and weight loss surgery is the equivalence of trying to lighten the skin of African Americans in order to cure sickle cell anemia.