Normal

- POSTED ON: Aug 28, 2011

Normal.  
What is it exactly?

Normal can mean "average",
and it also has the connotation of "sane".

"Normal" weight is defined as a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9
which for my own body is between 95 and 127 lbs.

Regarding food and eating,
what is normal for one person
isn't necessarily normal for another.

Information and misinformation,
the media, books, online sources are full of it.

 I recently re-read a 12 page New York Times article 
" Unhappy Meals" written by Michael Pollin in 2007.
that clearly demonstrates the current food and eating dilemna.

He has some good advice, but unfortunately,
I haven't found his proposed solution to be the resolution 
to my own food-intake and weight maintenance problem.

So what is the answer?
I don't know, but I keep looking.

 


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On Aug 28, 2011 TexArk wrote:
I know you are especially challenged being an older woman of small stature. What is normal? Even though I am 5'7" I have always had the same appetite as my 6'2" more active husband! Each year requires less and less food and I don't like that! I appreciate your encouragement.


On Aug 28, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, You encourage me too. The "mainstream" opinion is that those of us who don't lose weight the way it is set forth by the "expert" charts are mistaken (or lying) about our food intake. Now that computer food-journals are available, and after logging in all of my food every consecutive day for almost past seven years, I know the Truth about my own body. It is really good to know people who are also faithfully tracking their own food via computer ... and it is especially helpful when their results appear similar to my own. One good thing about Gary Taubes research is that whether or not one agrees with his theories, his hisorical research clearly demonstrates that the "experts" opinions have been based on little or no valid science ... and in many cases are clearly incorrect.

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