1. Women’s Running is normalizing obesity.
Genetic changes in human populations occur too slowly to be responsible for the obesity epidemic.
- All-causes of death (mortality)
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
- Low quality of life
- Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
- Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning
2. It’s feeding into the false “body positive” movement.
I’ve already spent so much time on normalizing obesity and the effects of being obese that I will just say this: if you are positive about your body, you will take care of it. I applaud Ms. Schenk for running and being active. And I applaud anyone who is making changes to be healthier. That’s how you love your body, flaws and all.
3. It’s bringing the body shamers out of the woodwork.
|Fit runners aren’t real?|
|“Stick insect”?! Really?!|
|“Skinny” to describe fit, “normal” and “real” to describe overweight.|
|“Stick” women again.|