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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: Unintentional Weight Loss
Date: June 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm PST

In Reply to: Unitensional Weight Loss posted by herman on June 22, 2011 at 8:45 am:

This reply is for Ricardo, too.

As the world becomes more and more populated with overweight and obese people, the appearance of a person who 50 years ago would have been considered ideal and normal, now seems to be gaunt or thin.

But this is more a matter of relative perception than of medical significance. Such as when the car next to you drifts backwards, it often feels as though you're going forward, even though you're not moving.

Given a well balanced plant-based diet and enough calories to fuel your activity level, your body will find its right weight. If you don't experience weakness, fatigue or other signs of malnutrition, you are actually at your best weight, even though you may be thought of by others as too thin.

Over the 18 years I've been on a very low fat vegan diet, probably hundreds of people have told me they think I'm to thin. That I need to put some weight on. I began to pay attention to who was telling me that. They all seemed to have an excess of body fat. And not one "thin" person has ever told me that I need to gain weight. Nor have my friends, Drs. Dean Ornish, John McDougall, Caldwell Esselstyn, Neal Bernard, Joel Fuhrman or Colin Campbell ever made that comment to me. Maybe they know something that the people who think you're too thin don't know.

Fat can hide wrinkles and make people appear jolly, but it can't make you healthier.

Maybe we should adopt a mantra like the one Peter Finch shouted in Network: "I'm thin and I don't give a damn who says so." :}

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