Body Types, Brains, and Flippin’ Morons

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Here’s part of what I wrote in a recent post titled Body Types and Brains:

I remember one of my roommates in college looking at the single spiral notebook I took to all my classes and saying, “That’s all the notes you take? How the heck are you getting A’s in everything? You hardly write anything down!”

“Uh, well,” I mumbled, “if the professor says something and it makes sense, I just remember it. I don’t really have to write much of it down.”

That particular roommate was a party animal. I partied right along with him, but only on Thursdays (dollar pitcher night), Fridays (quarter beer night) and Saturdays (student parties all over campus and near-campus).

I had another roommate for half of my senior year who was a studying machine. He not only took copious notes in class, he’d rewrite them all in neat penmanship later.  The notes he took in class were “too messy,” you see.  He attended the occasional party, but never drank much. We graduated with identical grade-point averages: just a fraction under a perfect 4.0/4.0, which means we both got a B in a class at some point. I remember him once asking me, “Why is it that you can party like [the first roommate] and then get the same grades I do?”

“Uh … I don’t know,” I said. “I channel both of you?”

Actually, I explained why I got those grades in the Body Types and Brains post:

I got those grades largely because I’m a “brain mesomorph,” so to speak. Brain mesomorphs can pick pretty much any method of studying and still do well, as long as they don’t do something to screw up that genetic gift – like, say, don’t study at all.

Well, I’ve changed my mind. I now believe I got (almost) straight A’s because I had the discipline to take a few notes in class, study a bit to master the material, turn in my papers on time, and limit my heavy beer-drinking to three nights per week. In fact, I think everyone could pull straight A’s in college if they were just willing to do the same.

To prove my theory, I’m going to re-enroll in college as a one-man experiment. This time around, I’ll drink copious amounts of beer six nights per week, skip the note-taking entirely, not bother studying, and turn in half-assed first drafts of my papers a week late. I suspect this will lead to no better than a C average, perhaps even worse.

If that’s the result, I’ll announce that I’ve proved my theory: anyone who doesn’t do extremely well in college simply isn’t willing to take a few notes, study a bit, and limit the partying to no more than three nights per week. Those B and C students have no one to blame but themselves.

Say what? You think my theory is bogus and my experiment is stupid?

Yes, of course it is. Academic achievement was easy for me, and screwing up on purpose to get average grades proves absolutely nothing about why other people get average grades.

As part of an extra-credit program in high school, I tutored another student who was struggling with freshman algebra. (I was a junior, which means I was taking trigonometry at the time.) This kid certainly put out the effort – more than I ever had to – but had a difficult time wrapping his brain around mathematical concepts. I felt sorry for him … because even at age 17, I had enough common sense not to blame people for being less than genetically gifted.

Unlike this nincompoop:

A woman who intentionally gained 50 pounds wants to demonstrate a point she believes about overweight people: They have only themselves to blame for being heavy.

“People have always said to me, all of my life, ‘You’re lucky to be skinny,’ and what I wanted to prove was that there are no excuses for being overweight,” British reality star Katie Hopkins told TODAY.

Ahh, I see. You’ve always been skinny, so of course you know all about what causes obesity. Are you by any chance related to MeMe Roth?  Your “before” picture suggests as much:

Hmmm, maybe you should get in touch with Heath Squier of Julian Bakery and ask him how to puff out your belly to look a teensy bit fat, then claim you were 35 pounds heavier.  Anyway …

Known across the pond for her acerbic, outspoken comments, Hopkins created a Twitter frenzy when she declared on a British talk show: “I don’t believe you can be fat and happy. I think that’s just a cop out.”

Critics immediately accused Hopkins of “fat shaming” and failing to understand the psychological, as well as physical, factors behind weight gain.

Hopkins then fought back against those who called her ignorant and wrong by eating. A lot. She consumed 6,500 calories every day by stuffing herself with calorie-rich burgers, fries, pasta and cupcakes, recording everything in a food journal. At times, she brought herself to tears because of how much she ate.

“I didn’t cry at childbirth. I didn’t cry at my wedding, but I cried over this because I was just so disgusting,” she said.

So to gain weight, you had to stuff yourself with 6,500 calories per day and eat until you were disgusted and in tears – in other words, waaaaay beyond what your appetite would dictate – just like all fat people do. Geez, and to think some critics actually doubted you understand the physical factors behind weight gain.

Hopkins admits the next step of her experiment has proved to be much more difficult. She’s committed to losing the 50 pounds she gained within three months. She has drastically changed her diet and upped her exercise level, all to prove that being thin is as simple as eating less and moving more.

So it’s a simple matter of eating less and moving more! Well, hell, why didn’t anyone ever tell me that during all those years I was making myself ravenous on low-calorie, low-fat diets and spending hours and hours on a treadmill? Clearly I didn’t try hard enough.

“I’ve learned a lot about how it feels to be big, how difficult it is to be big, how horrible it is to have fat sitting on the top of your thighs, and how much more challenging it is just to do everyday life when you’re bigger,” she said.

Hopkins said she still has 35 pounds left to lose in the next two months.

And I bet she’ll do it – because she’s been skinny her whole life and that’s the shape her body will want to resume.  (Simple math says she already lost 15 pounds in the first month; i.e., nearly four pounds per week.) To quote again from my Body Types and Brains post:

Mesomorphs look well built without setting foot in a gym … Yup. I’ve known people like that. In order to stay lean and muscular, all they really have to do is not screw up.

So this naturally-thin bubblehead screwed up on purpose by jamming 6,500 calories per day of junk food down her throat, thus overwhelming her body’s resistance to gaining weight, and by gosh, she got fat. So that means anyone who’s fat must be screwing up just like she did. Uh-huh … and if I go back to college and party away all my evenings instead of studying and then wind up with average grades as a result, that means anyone who gets C’s in college is a screw-up who parties too much. Same (ahem) logic.

Ms. Hopkins, you were born on the metabolic finish line and think you won a race. Not only that, you think you’re an expert on how the race is won – because you tied your ankles together and proved how difficult it is to run a race in that condition.

What you actually proved is that you’re a flippin’ moron.

Whoops … there I go, making judgments about someone born with a low I.Q.

Sorry about that.


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141 thoughts on “Body Types, Brains, and Flippin’ Morons

  1. Rick

    I don’t need to consume anywhere near 6500 calories a day to gain weight. She may be naturally thin, be she is also naturally an idiot.

    1. Tom Naughton

      She and MeMe Roth should start a club for naturally skinny blondes who hate fat people.

  2. Rick

    I don’t need to consume anywhere near 6500 calories a day to gain weight. She may be naturally thin, be she is also naturally an idiot.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      She and MeMe Roth should start a club for naturally skinny blondes who hate fat people.

  3. Amy H.

    Sounds like she’d fit right in with the guy who wrote this piece: http://www.returnofkings.com/10722/the-3-somatotypes-are-bullshit

    I’m not a pear shaped woman; I have small bosoms and wide hips because I’m not disciplined enough to force my breast tissue to grow and squat until I use the fat in my last adipocyte for energy. (though, in fairness, the ROK article is probably hyperbole meant to incense fembots – still, a casual read-through leaves you scratching your head, and certainly there are enough dummies out there that will take it at face value and run with it over a cliff).

    BHOD. I’m all for joining in on snark and sarcasm is like a second language to me, but don’t let it cloud your sympathy. Or your rational brain. Hopkins only proved that some people are naturally thin and have good metabolic function.

    But, Tom, I sometimes get the “fat people are lazy” argument, and not out of a sense of put-down-the-cookie, but in terms of taking necessary action to figure out the problem (whatever it is: thyroid function, eating too many carbs/processed junk, etc.) and then STOPPING the problem behavior and adopting a healthier one. It doesn’t help that an endless stream of doctors, RDs, Yahoo! articles, HuffPo weight loss puff pieces, “fitness” rags, and the wise and all-knowing denizens of the internet tell people it’s a simple matter of CICO and get moving, fatty.

    Yeah, those are components of it. But a body type resistant to fat loss on the SAD/CICO regimen requires one to abandon the SAD/CICO and find a new WOE, but the “experts” keep beating the same old drum and make sinners out of people who need “salvation” via sound info on their own individual bodies, but just aren’t receiving that info.

    1. Tom Naughton

      I’m all for taking necessary action, but unfortunately, people who want to take action are usually given bad advice to follow.

  4. Kelly

    I’m a terrible person. I find myself hoping against all hope that she can’t lose the last 35 lbs. That she struggles and fails and even gains. I guess should either seek therapy or sign up to do waterboarding.

  5. eddie watts

    ah Katie Hopkins, how hated she is other here by anyone with a brain.

    and now she is encroaching on an area I am interested in.
    this is going to be frustrating no doubt.

    seriously just google her and you’ll find all manner of amazingly stupid things she has come out with, such as Hannah is the sort of name you give a dyslexic child…

      1. Galina L.

        Her job is being obnoxious, and it looks like (from Wiki) she is good in nothing else.

  6. Justin

    Something similar to this recently happened to someone I know. They were browsing their Facebook feed, and someone they know had posted a “shortly after childbirth” stomach photo, and a photo taken a few weeks later, when her body went back to normal. She said something along the lines of “see what exercise can do?”

    1. Tom Naughton

      If exercise could do that, all those join-a-gym resolutions in January would actually lead to weight loss by swimsuit season. But that’s rarely the result.

  7. Amy H.

    Sounds like she’d fit right in with the guy who wrote this piece: http://www.returnofkings.com/10722/the-3-somatotypes-are-bullshit

    I’m not a pear shaped woman; I have small bosoms and wide hips because I’m not disciplined enough to force my breast tissue to grow and squat until I use the fat in my last adipocyte for energy. (though, in fairness, the ROK article is probably hyperbole meant to incense fembots – still, a casual read-through leaves you scratching your head, and certainly there are enough dummies out there that will take it at face value and run with it over a cliff).

    BHOD. I’m all for joining in on snark and sarcasm is like a second language to me, but don’t let it cloud your sympathy. Or your rational brain. Hopkins only proved that some people are naturally thin and have good metabolic function.

    But, Tom, I sometimes get the “fat people are lazy” argument, and not out of a sense of put-down-the-cookie, but in terms of taking necessary action to figure out the problem (whatever it is: thyroid function, eating too many carbs/processed junk, etc.) and then STOPPING the problem behavior and adopting a healthier one. It doesn’t help that an endless stream of doctors, RDs, Yahoo! articles, HuffPo weight loss puff pieces, “fitness” rags, and the wise and all-knowing denizens of the internet tell people it’s a simple matter of CICO and get moving, fatty.

    Yeah, those are components of it. But a body type resistant to fat loss on the SAD/CICO regimen requires one to abandon the SAD/CICO and find a new WOE, but the “experts” keep beating the same old drum and make sinners out of people who need “salvation” via sound info on their own individual bodies, but just aren’t receiving that info.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I’m all for taking necessary action, but unfortunately, people who want to take action are usually given bad advice to follow.

  8. Onlooker

    Wouldn’t it be awful if she “broke” her metabolism and can’t lose that weight? Yeah, that would be a shame.

    Seriously, it seems like a serious risk, especially when you’re beyond your twenties. I think this is nuts, and her arrogance just may bite her in her newly big ass.

      1. Galina L.

        The people with her body-type easily gain visceral fat,so for her gaining 50 lb is especially unhealthy, and may result in damages for metabolism more readily than in a pear-shaped person . My prediction – she would run into a hard to manage body-shape/metabolic problem in 6 years, after turning 45.

  9. feisty

    I have already commented on this on several occasions, but how many people actually KNOW about Fat Disorders? These are diseases of the LARGEST organ in the body, the Adipose Tissue. Just like any other organ, they can be diseased. It appears that even in Med School nobody bothers to teach this to Med Students….. However, I do not want to give a total description of all of these diseases, suffice to say that in the world, there is next to NO research being made into these diseases, because everybody assumes that if you are over-weight, it is your fault. Well after forty years of 900 calories a day, five times a week gym, four children and working full-time through all that, I would love somebody to tell me that because I am carrying extra weight it is because I over eat or that I am lazy. I suffer from Dercum’s Disease and Lipoedema, both Fat Disorders, Pituitary Deficiency and if that was not enough Lupus is thrown in for good measure. I wish all of this on no-one – but please think twice before just thinking “FAT”!!

    1. Tom Naughton

      I saw a TV documentary awhile back called “The Science of Obesity.” Not much good info overall, but there was a sequence about a woman who’d been lean all her life, then blew up and became obese, despite continually ratcheting down her intake. Her doctor said she gains weight on 1500 calories per day — because of a pituitary disorder.

  10. Wayne Gage

    I don’t remember where this came from but it was noticed that a student who took no notes was acing all tests. When asked how it was done he said that noting information already in the texts was a waste of time and also writing notes distracts from the talk the instructor was giving. Bottom line…he focused on listening to the lectures.

    1. Tom Naughton

      That’s pretty much what I did, but for that to work, you need a good memory. When I was younger, my dad called me “Total Recall” because I could remember things I’d heard or read years before. Of course, he didn’t bother to mention that I inherited that trait from him.

    2. Namu

      In high-school I once got sent to the school’s director because the teachers believed I couldn’t seriously be getting those top grades without writing down anything unless somehow I was cheating in tests. Embarrassing memories for everyone involved…

    3. JillOz

      I knew a guy like that – he really focused on the lecturer, the content and the meaning, and achieved high academic honours.

      Didn’t stop him from being a pill a lot of the time, but he was pretty innovative in his work.

  11. Kristin

    Fat shaming may be completely ineffective at getting fat people to lose weight but clearly that is no reason to give up the strategy. (Yes, I’m in full snark on that one.)

    Since really internalizing that being fat is NOT about gluttony and sloth it has really changed my attitude towards people for the better. I was on a plane last evening in a center seat. I had a bulkhead seat so I got more leg room but the seats were still the same width. I was sitting between two very fat women. Both of them lovely women I enjoyed talking to. I was not crushed into my seat. I suspect when I thought these women were just lazy I would have had a different experience. It isn’t fat people who need to change. It is the rest of us.

    1. Elenor

      Not all folks who do — or plan to do — fat-shaming are even aware that it IS fat shaming…. A good friend with whom I did a 30-day paleo challenge with amazing result (for him {sigh}) wanted to strategize how to get interested his sister (100+ pounds overweight, high bp and thyroid meds, Type II diabetic) who was coming to visit … He suggested that perhaps he should broach the subject with her about how worried he was about her health and how much he wanted to see her healthy and thinner, and so on… I said, “oh no no no! There is not a fat person ON THE GLOBE who is not already painfully and continuously aware that s/he is fat!! Pointing that out just makes us shut-down — or lash out!”

      I suggested he should ‘position’ himself about how delighted he was with the amazing progress HE had had in such a short time, that he was not finding it difficult, that he was dismayed that his wife and daughter weren’t (yet?) interested in changing their diets. By saying: “THIS has worked brilliantly for me, and if you’d like to try it I’d be beyond thrilled to help!” he would have a chance to *invite* his sister, to *entice* her — to *offer* to lead rather than try to drive her to a new way of life… he would get a better response.

      So, while she was here for a week, she watched both Fat Head and Science for Smart People (where I always ‘start’ people!), read Sisson’s book, Taubes’ book for normal people, skimmed others (Robb Wolf springs to mind… Doug McGuff… a couple others — I have a whole lending library!), and had many fun conversations with us. She went back to NY and I heard a month later that she was already down 20 pounds (!!) and off one of her meds!

      (But, yeah, this British idiot IS fat-shaming because she’s smug!)

  12. GrannyM

    I was one of those skinny people who could eat anything. Most of my life I was thin but ate like a trucker much to the chagrin of my friends. I took it for granted that I would always be thin. When I turned 50 the sh*t hit the fan! I had some lifestyle changes, a few health problems and started screwing around with my diet. I basically ended up with a damaged metabolism, became obese and was diagnosed pre-diabetic within a couple of years. After a lot of research I started lowcarbing and improved my health.

    It will be interesting to see if that woman gets back to being the fortunate skinny person she was before. It doesn’t take much to screw up your metabolism. It’s really sad that someone with such a negative attitude towards people who suffer with weight issues should get so much media attention. I don’t want to wish bad things on her but she may live to regret shooting her mouth off and creating her stupid stunt!

    I’m very healthy now but I’ll never be the skinny person I used to be. Eventually my body picked a set point & stayed there. It was not what I would have picked as my ideal weight but it never fluctuates! I’m not about to mess around anymore, I’ve been eating LCHF/Keto/Primal, whatever one chooses to call it, since 2002 and I’m very happy that I regained my health. I wish the “blame the victim” mentality would disappear, but with social & mass media encouraging that kind of behavior it’s not likely to go away any time soon. I hope more people like you, Tom, will point out the folly of her scheme!

    1. Tom Naughton

      It would poetic justice if she couldn’t lose the weight by just eating less and moving more, but someone that skinny to begin with will probably snap back.

  13. Josh

    She wants publicity, and, alas, Tom has fed it to her.

    Still, his point is well made. Now, Is there anybody out there who wants to prove that poor people are poor because they gave away all their money to opportunistic scoundrels like me? If so, I will be glad to receive your cash, checks, money orders, etc.

  14. Kelly

    I’m a terrible person. I find myself hoping against all hope that she can’t lose the last 35 lbs. That she struggles and fails and even gains. I guess should either seek therapy or sign up to do waterboarding.

  15. eddie watts

    ah Katie Hopkins, how hated she is other here by anyone with a brain.

    and now she is encroaching on an area I am interested in.
    this is going to be frustrating no doubt.

    seriously just google her and you’ll find all manner of amazingly stupid things she has come out with, such as Hannah is the sort of name you give a dyslexic child…

            1. Kattbelly

              I agree. mocking her for what nature gave her is as bad as what she’s doing. I’m so sick of people making cruel remarks about a woman’s body to express their negative feelings towards the woman’s message or behavior. People don’t do that to men.

            2. Kattbelly

              It’s never acceptable to do that to anyone, male or female, and it’s not that it never happens to men, but it’s not with the same frequency or viciousness. Jimmy is a weight loss representative, so that may be why he gets so much directed at him. But think about it, Most people dislike either Bush or Obama, but they don’t sneer at their soft belly, lack of abs, skinny legs, or what have you. They attack their character, job performance-the judgement is about who these men are perceived to be, not what they look like. Hilary however, is constantly mocked about her body and appearance, on top of receiving the other kind of performance criticisms.
              It’s a cheap shot to make snide comments about peoples’ appearance when criticizing their behavior or remarks, that’s all.

  16. Josh

    Actually, I should have said that the media has fed it to her. I don’t want commentators to start censoring themselves unnecessarily.

  17. Brett Graham

    Katie Hopkins is not a nice person and it seems everyone here in the UK thinks so. Everyone I’ve spoken to who knows about this stupid stunt all agree how ridiculous it is.

    I’ve also heard that she didn’t do it alone and recruited some others to join her, who I think may actually be overweight already. I would like to think that these people will disprove her terrible theory by not losing the weight at the same rate. But, even if this is the case in reality, we all know that this is not what will be depicted, because the show will have to be seen to prove what it set out to prove.

  18. Justin

    Something similar to this recently happened to someone I know. They were browsing their Facebook feed, and someone they know had posted a “shortly after childbirth” stomach photo, and a photo taken a few weeks later, when her body went back to normal. She said something along the lines of “see what exercise can do?”

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      If exercise could do that, all those join-a-gym resolutions in January would actually lead to weight loss by swimsuit season. But that’s rarely the result.

  19. feisty

    I would also like to add that despite the photo of her most unfeminine photo above, I would rather stay with my delicious womanly curves which no man has ever complained about and keep my own brain, rather than have her skinny, vaguely masculine body and her foul brainless mouth!!

  20. Onlooker

    Wouldn’t it be awful if she “broke” her metabolism and can’t lose that weight? Yeah, that would be a shame.

    Seriously, it seems like a serious risk, especially when you’re beyond your twenties. I think this is nuts, and her arrogance just may bite her in her newly big ass.

      1. Galina L.

        The people with her body-type easily gain visceral fat,so for her gaining 50 lb is especially unhealthy, and may result in damages for metabolism more readily than in a pear-shaped person . My prediction – she would run into a hard to manage body-shape/metabolic problem in 6 years, after turning 45.

  21. feisty

    I have already commented on this on several occasions, but how many people actually KNOW about Fat Disorders? These are diseases of the LARGEST organ in the body, the Adipose Tissue. Just like any other organ, they can be diseased. It appears that even in Med School nobody bothers to teach this to Med Students….. However, I do not want to give a total description of all of these diseases, suffice to say that in the world, there is next to NO research being made into these diseases, because everybody assumes that if you are over-weight, it is your fault. Well after forty years of 900 calories a day, five times a week gym, four children and working full-time through all that, I would love somebody to tell me that because I am carrying extra weight it is because I over eat or that I am lazy. I suffer from Dercum’s Disease and Lipoedema, both Fat Disorders, Pituitary Deficiency and if that was not enough Lupus is thrown in for good measure. I wish all of this on no-one – but please think twice before just thinking “FAT”!!

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I saw a TV documentary awhile back called “The Science of Obesity.” Not much good info overall, but there was a sequence about a woman who’d been lean all her life, then blew up and became obese, despite continually ratcheting down her intake. Her doctor said she gains weight on 1500 calories per day — because of a pituitary disorder.

  22. Jan's Sushi Bar

    The minute I read “reality star” my eyes rolled back in my head and I wondered why anyone – ANYONE – would take this person seriously.

    Both my step-daughter and my younger son are naturally thin. My step-daughter works out – obsessively. She’s not fat by any means, and probably never will be, but she doesn’t have a lot of visible muscle definition, either, despite her obsessive exercising, which includes a fair amount weight training.

    My son is lean and wiry, with a lot of ropy muscle and washboard abs – very little body fat. He NEVER works out. When he’s away at school (he’s a sophomore in college), his diet is absolutely atrocious. He spends most of his time either parked in front of his laptop or the television screen, video game controller in hand, when he’s not sitting in class or studying.

    I guess the lesson we take from this is that he’s got it all figured out, and should have a long talk with his step-sister about what she needs to do to get those defined abdominal muscles she’s working so hard for, yes?

    1. Tom Naughton

      If he could teach me how to have ropy muscles and washboard abs by watching TV and eating junk, I’d listen to him. But I suspect he can’t help me there, at least not without a DNA transplant.

  23. Wayne Gage

    I don’t remember where this came from but it was noticed that a student who took no notes was acing all tests. When asked how it was done he said that noting information already in the texts was a waste of time and also writing notes distracts from the talk the instructor was giving. Bottom line…he focused on listening to the lectures.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      That’s pretty much what I did, but for that to work, you need a good memory. When I was younger, my dad called me “Total Recall” because I could remember things I’d heard or read years before. Of course, he didn’t bother to mention that I inherited that trait from him.

    2. Namu

      In high-school I once got sent to the school’s director because the teachers believed I couldn’t seriously be getting those top grades without writing down anything unless somehow I was cheating in tests. Embarrassing memories for everyone involved…

    3. JillOz

      I knew a guy like that – he really focused on the lecturer, the content and the meaning, and achieved high academic honours.

      Didn’t stop him from being a pill a lot of the time, but he was pretty innovative in his work.

  24. Kristin

    Fat shaming may be completely ineffective at getting fat people to lose weight but clearly that is no reason to give up the strategy. (Yes, I’m in full snark on that one.)

    Since really internalizing that being fat is NOT about gluttony and sloth it has really changed my attitude towards people for the better. I was on a plane last evening in a center seat. I had a bulkhead seat so I got more leg room but the seats were still the same width. I was sitting between two very fat women. Both of them lovely women I enjoyed talking to. I was not crushed into my seat. I suspect when I thought these women were just lazy I would have had a different experience. It isn’t fat people who need to change. It is the rest of us.

    1. Elenor

      Not all folks who do — or plan to do — fat-shaming are even aware that it IS fat shaming…. A good friend with whom I did a 30-day paleo challenge with amazing result (for him {sigh}) wanted to strategize how to get interested his sister (100+ pounds overweight, high bp and thyroid meds, Type II diabetic) who was coming to visit … He suggested that perhaps he should broach the subject with her about how worried he was about her health and how much he wanted to see her healthy and thinner, and so on… I said, “oh no no no! There is not a fat person ON THE GLOBE who is not already painfully and continuously aware that s/he is fat!! Pointing that out just makes us shut-down — or lash out!”

      I suggested he should ‘position’ himself about how delighted he was with the amazing progress HE had had in such a short time, that he was not finding it difficult, that he was dismayed that his wife and daughter weren’t (yet?) interested in changing their diets. By saying: “THIS has worked brilliantly for me, and if you’d like to try it I’d be beyond thrilled to help!” he would have a chance to *invite* his sister, to *entice* her — to *offer* to lead rather than try to drive her to a new way of life… he would get a better response.

      So, while she was here for a week, she watched both Fat Head and Science for Smart People (where I always ‘start’ people!), read Sisson’s book, Taubes’ book for normal people, skimmed others (Robb Wolf springs to mind… Doug McGuff… a couple others — I have a whole lending library!), and had many fun conversations with us. She went back to NY and I heard a month later that she was already down 20 pounds (!!) and off one of her meds!

      (But, yeah, this British idiot IS fat-shaming because she’s smug!)

  25. GrannyM

    I was one of those skinny people who could eat anything. Most of my life I was thin but ate like a trucker much to the chagrin of my friends. I took it for granted that I would always be thin. When I turned 50 the sh*t hit the fan! I had some lifestyle changes, a few health problems and started screwing around with my diet. I basically ended up with a damaged metabolism, became obese and was diagnosed pre-diabetic within a couple of years. After a lot of research I started lowcarbing and improved my health.

    It will be interesting to see if that woman gets back to being the fortunate skinny person she was before. It doesn’t take much to screw up your metabolism. It’s really sad that someone with such a negative attitude towards people who suffer with weight issues should get so much media attention. I don’t want to wish bad things on her but she may live to regret shooting her mouth off and creating her stupid stunt!

    I’m very healthy now but I’ll never be the skinny person I used to be. Eventually my body picked a set point & stayed there. It was not what I would have picked as my ideal weight but it never fluctuates! I’m not about to mess around anymore, I’ve been eating LCHF/Keto/Primal, whatever one chooses to call it, since 2002 and I’m very happy that I regained my health. I wish the “blame the victim” mentality would disappear, but with social & mass media encouraging that kind of behavior it’s not likely to go away any time soon. I hope more people like you, Tom, will point out the folly of her scheme!

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      It would poetic justice if she couldn’t lose the weight by just eating less and moving more, but someone that skinny to begin with will probably snap back.

  26. Josh

    She wants publicity, and, alas, Tom has fed it to her.

    Still, his point is well made. Now, Is there anybody out there who wants to prove that poor people are poor because they gave away all their money to opportunistic scoundrels like me? If so, I will be glad to receive your cash, checks, money orders, etc.

  27. Josh

    Actually, I should have said that the media has fed it to her. I don’t want commentators to start censoring themselves unnecessarily.

  28. Brett Graham

    Katie Hopkins is not a nice person and it seems everyone here in the UK thinks so. Everyone I’ve spoken to who knows about this stupid stunt all agree how ridiculous it is.

    I’ve also heard that she didn’t do it alone and recruited some others to join her, who I think may actually be overweight already. I would like to think that these people will disprove her terrible theory by not losing the weight at the same rate. But, even if this is the case in reality, we all know that this is not what will be depicted, because the show will have to be seen to prove what it set out to prove.

  29. feisty

    I would also like to add that despite the photo of her most unfeminine photo above, I would rather stay with my delicious womanly curves which no man has ever complained about and keep my own brain, rather than have her skinny, vaguely masculine body and her foul brainless mouth!!

  30. Jan's Sushi Bar

    The minute I read “reality star” my eyes rolled back in my head and I wondered why anyone – ANYONE – would take this person seriously.

    Both my step-daughter and my younger son are naturally thin. My step-daughter works out – obsessively. She’s not fat by any means, and probably never will be, but she doesn’t have a lot of visible muscle definition, either, despite her obsessive exercising, which includes a fair amount weight training.

    My son is lean and wiry, with a lot of ropy muscle and washboard abs – very little body fat. He NEVER works out. When he’s away at school (he’s a sophomore in college), his diet is absolutely atrocious. He spends most of his time either parked in front of his laptop or the television screen, video game controller in hand, when he’s not sitting in class or studying.

    I guess the lesson we take from this is that he’s got it all figured out, and should have a long talk with his step-sister about what she needs to do to get those defined abdominal muscles she’s working so hard for, yes?

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      If he could teach me how to have ropy muscles and washboard abs by watching TV and eating junk, I’d listen to him. But I suspect he can’t help me there, at least not without a DNA transplant.

  31. Galina L.

    Her hip/waist ratio is unhealthy. She should work on either making her hips wider while keeping waist the same size or find a diet which decreases waist circumference. It involves changing body type, but so what?

  32. B35

    I am betting that she probably has not done any exercise or special dietsto get her weight back down, I bet 10 to 1 odds it is all happening naturally.

  33. Galina L.

    Her hip/waist ratio is unhealthy. She should work on either making her hips wider while keeping waist the same size or find a diet which decreases waist circumference. It involves changing body type, but so what?

  34. B35

    I am betting that she probably has not done any exercise or special dietsto get her weight back down, I bet 10 to 1 odds it is all happening naturally.

  35. Galina L.

    On a less sarcastic note, I noticed that as they age, many naturally thin people , especially ones with a body-type reminding of a cucumber, start to have blood pressure and mood problems earlier in life than the people who gain weight easily. It suggests for me the possibility of less stable blood sugar for such individuals. Many of us, who predisposed to be on a chubby side, more motivated to make healthy life-style choices, and benefits from doing exercises regularly and eating crap less frequently accumulate as we age. Naturally thin people may feel less pressure to skip on donuts in a lunch-room, or from getting a slice of cake with their Starbucks coffee.

    1. Tom Naughton

      I’ve seen that happen with naturally-lean relatives. It’s tough to convince them they need to change their dietary habits, because they assume looking good = being healthy.

  36. Dan

    She is vicious. I happen to come across this article:

    “Katie Hopkins invites Mariah Carey to join her on diet after singer flaunts curvy figure on stage” URL: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/katie-hopkins-invites-mariah-carey-4433685

    By critizing Mariah Carey’s curvy figure and implying that Mariah Carey is fat, Katie is showing her ignorance. I too hope she damages her metabolism and it comes back to haunt her some day. Then she can eat crow instead of 6500 calories. 🙂

    Like you an others, I don’t find Katie Hopkins at all attractive. I’ll take Mariah Carey’s curvy figure and any other curvy figure over Katie’s stick figure any day.

    1. Tom Naughton

      More proof Hopkins is an imbecile. Show her picture and Mariah Carey’s picture to any 100 guys picked at random and ask which woman has a hot body. I’d wager a month’s pay at least 95 of them would pick Carey — the other five being the guys who date vegans.

  37. Galina L.

    On a less sarcastic note, I noticed that as they age, many naturally thin people , especially ones with a body-type reminding of a cucumber, start to have blood pressure and mood problems earlier in life than the people who gain weight easily. It suggests for me the possibility of less stable blood sugar for such individuals. Many of us, who predisposed to be on a chubby side, more motivated to make healthy life-style choices, and benefits from doing exercises regularly and eating crap less frequently accumulate as we age. Naturally thin people may feel less pressure to skip on donuts in a lunch-room, or from getting a slice of cake with their Starbucks coffee.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I’ve seen that happen with naturally-lean relatives. It’s tough to convince them they need to change their dietary habits, because they assume looking good = being healthy.

      1. Galina L.

        When we speak about disorders of a fat tissue formation, we often assume conditions when fat accumulates excessively , but I guess some of naturally thin people have another type of a fat tissue disorder when fat can’t be stored on extremities, hips and face. Her body shape is far from looking beautiful, and she looks abnormal and freakish for a female , therefore she doesn’t look good at all. She has to fire her publicist who put that very unflattering picture for a public observation, or go and bang her head against something hard if she decided it on her own. If you google pictures of transvestites, you will find them way more sexy looking, however Maria Carey still beats them all.

  38. Mark

    How did this paradigm become so invasive? Eat less, move more really doesn’t work. I lost 5 kilos in a month with a very strict diet (meat, animal fat and veges) it wasn’t calorie controlled and I did no additional exercise whatsoever (my job is physical so I was getting some movement in my day to day). And it was just so easy. I can’t wait to see CICO go the way of the dodo.

  39. Dan

    She is vicious. I happen to come across this article:

    “Katie Hopkins invites Mariah Carey to join her on diet after singer flaunts curvy figure on stage” URL: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/katie-hopkins-invites-mariah-carey-4433685

    By critizing Mariah Carey’s curvy figure and implying that Mariah Carey is fat, Katie is showing her ignorance. I too hope she damages her metabolism and it comes back to haunt her some day. Then she can eat crow instead of 6500 calories. 🙂

    Like you an others, I don’t find Katie Hopkins at all attractive. I’ll take Mariah Carey’s curvy figure and any other curvy figure over Katie’s stick figure any day.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      More proof Hopkins is an imbecile. Show her picture and Mariah Carey’s picture to any 100 guys picked at random and ask which woman has a hot body. I’d wager a month’s pay at least 95 of them would pick Carey — the other five being the guys who date vegans.

  40. Mark

    How did this paradigm become so invasive? Eat less, move more really doesn’t work. I lost 5 kilos in a month with a very strict diet (meat, animal fat and veges) it wasn’t calorie controlled and I did no additional exercise whatsoever (my job is physical so I was getting some movement in my day to day). And it was just so easy. I can’t wait to see CICO go the way of the dodo.

  41. Babs

    Sorry you guys, but this lady will probably lose that weight and then some. Wikipedia says she has had 3 kids. If 3 pregnancies didn’t mess up her metabolism nothing will.

    1. Tom Naughton

      Yup. Chareva had two kids and snapped right back to her previous weight and shape both times. The difference is that Chareva knows that’s a genetic gift, not the result of superior discipline.

    2. Galina L.

      May be her pregnancies are the reason for disproportionately thick waste? It is hard to believe she had such body shape at youth. Very often the wrong hip/waste ratio is the evidence of a damaged metabolism. Many Asian females with normal BMI but unhealthy deposits of visceral fat look like that Katy. Also, she is aging fast http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/446423/Katie-Hopkins-apologises-for-Scotland-life-expectancy-Twitter-post-after-Glasgow-tragedy
      and
      http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/440165/Katie-Hopkins-effigy-to-be-burned-at-Edenbridge-bonfire-night
      are good illustrations, and she is not 40 yo yet ,what you wouldn’t guess from her pictures! No, she is not enjoying the perfect metabolism. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn she had an elevated blood pressure.

  42. Babs

    Sorry you guys, but this lady will probably lose that weight and then some. Wikipedia says she has had 3 kids. If 3 pregnancies didn’t mess up her metabolism nothing will.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Yup. Chareva had two kids and snapped right back to her previous weight and shape both times. The difference is that Chareva knows that’s a genetic gift, not the result of superior discipline.

    2. Galina L.

      May be her pregnancies are the reason for disproportionately thick waste? It is hard to believe she had such body shape at youth. Very often the wrong hip/waste ratio is the evidence of a damaged metabolism. Many Asian females with normal BMI but unhealthy deposits of visceral fat look like that Katy. Also, she is aging fast http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/446423/Katie-Hopkins-apologises-for-Scotland-life-expectancy-Twitter-post-after-Glasgow-tragedy
      and
      http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/440165/Katie-Hopkins-effigy-to-be-burned-at-Edenbridge-bonfire-night
      are good illustrations, and she is not 40 yo yet ,what you wouldn’t guess from her pictures! No, she is not enjoying the perfect metabolism. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn she had an elevated blood pressure.

  43. Ulfric Douglas

    “Known across the pond for her acerbic, outspoken comments, ”
    Mostly unknown actually. she was once on “The Apprentice”.
    Ask anyone who she is by name and people will think she’s “Jordan” or the one with the burned face. Really.

  44. Ulfric Douglas

    “Known across the pond for her acerbic, outspoken comments, ”
    Mostly unknown actually. she was once on “The Apprentice”.
    Ask anyone who she is by name and people will think she’s “Jordan” or the one with the burned face. Really.

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