A University of California, Berkeley-led survey of women defined as clinically obese shows that nearly two-thirds of them went on their first diet before age 14 and, as adults, were more likely to be heavier than women who started dieting after age 14.
"These findings should counter the popular myth that fat people are lazy gluttons, and that they've never made an effort to manage their weight," said Joanne Ikeda, co-director of UC Berkeley's Center for Weight & Health and lead author of the study.
She added that there is "growing evidence that repeated dieting adversely affects the body's metabolism, and that dieting before puberty disrupts the body's normal development."
Meanwhile, Salon's Broadsheet reported on the new research that shows a virus may cause some cases of obesity and the letters in response already contain some fat-bashing. Of course I had to write a letter too.
In 2005 I wrote another post about obesity in our society and what we can do about it instead of just hating fat people for being fat: A War on Fat People.