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Hi there, quick question: my mother is over 300 pounds and suffers from peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic back problems, and tachycardia. She has trouble performing basic tasks like walking, getting up in the morning, even getting dressed. She uses a walker to get around and suffers from crippling pain 24/7. Her doctors have pretty unanimously concluded that losing weight would greatly improve all of these conditions. What is your opinion of this?

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huntdownthesun

I think, first of all, that it’s really horrible of you to use your mother’s illnesses this way, to expose them on the net for everyone to see. But then, you’re an anti-feminist MRA sympathizer who puts cishet in scarequotes, so you’re probably a pretty shitty person.

I think that weight loss doesn’t work, and therefore, as medical advice, is right up there with snake oil for effectiveness. It’s so easy to tout weight loss as the answer to almost any problem, but it’s very hard to lose weight, and statistically nearly impossible to keep it off.

In this case, I can’t even figure out how these doctors think she possibly COULD lose weight, even if their rules worked. She plainly can’t exercise very much, or likely at all, and, having known a number of people with those disorders, is probably already not eating all that much, because eating is pretty exhausting with that much pain and that few spoons.  So how, exactly, is she supposed to lose all that weight?

And, again, you’re a terrible person for using your mother this way. You should be ashamed of yourself.

-MG

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