Suck It, Biggest Loser Weight Loss Study

Last week, an article about the futility of losing weight, based on a sample of 14 contestants from The Biggest Loser, circulated the internet.

I saw three responses.

  1. Crap.  I hope that’s not true.
  2. Heck yeah!  Weight loss is impossible!  Fat acceptance, baby!  Be fat and happy!  You can’ t change it anyway!
  3. Wow.  That’s a remarkably flawed study.  I hope someone addresses this.

Fortunately, several people far smarter than me HAVE addressed it, and yes, the study is both horribly flawed, paints the wrong picture, and isn’t 100% the whole story.

That’s good news.

I read several Fat Acceptance/Body Positivity/HAES bloggers post about how this was confirmation of both their lifestyle choices and the “5% of dieters is all that can ever lose weight” myth.  (Did you know that only 4% of smokers successful quit for good?  Something to think about.)

This article is a nice summary of what is wrong with it and, for those of us who want to lose weight, proof that it can be done without being miserable for the rest of our lives.  It’s a fluff piece, but so is the New York Times.  As soon as I’ve read some hard science on the topic, I’ll post about it here.

Oh, and one last thing…

If someone COULD operate metabolically at far fewer calories than someone else, that’s like a freaking X-Men superpower.  It’s only a problem in today’s world of $1 cheeseburgers and convenience food.

They’re Here! The new Ranger suits!

So, if you have Power Ranger stuff on your newsfeed, this just kinda exploded all over the place this morning.  The new movie suits, for the new reboot movie coming out next year, have finally been released!

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I am… torn.

First of all, I like (most) of the actual suit itself.  I liked the original movie armor over the t.v. show spandex, and this is a big move in the right direction.  I was really afraid we would get spandex in this new movie, so right off the bat, I am super pleased!

I’m pleased the Pink Ranger doesn’t have a skirt.

I’m not pleased that she and the Yellow Ranger have a heel on their boot, but it’s not a Batgirl-esque heel, so I can deal.

I wish there was a belt, but again… I can deal.

I like the chrome highlights.  I think these suits look powerful, and I can’t wait to see them in action.

There is one thing that, at the moment, I do not like.

The helmets.  The Red Ranger and Pink Ranger are the only two helmets where I can “see” the dinosaur that makes them up.  And frankly, they all look too similar.

Still, I’m thrilled to see this sneak peek, and I’m okay with them changing things up.  This is a reboot, after all, not a remake, so things do need to be a bit different.

I just want to see dinosaurs on those helmets!