Fat Weight Loss Experts Fight Misperceptions

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Majdan said that in a way, fat has become a civil rights issue. "It's one of the last remaining prejudices where it's PC to make jokes at someone's expense. Perhaps that's why it's easy to be so judgmental about fat health experts," he said.

You can poke at the soft belly of your fat nutritionist or doctor (or nurse or personal trainer) and accuse them of being a hypocrite like a divorced marriage counselor or barber with bad haircut. It's easy to be dismissive if you've never fought against the complex cocktail of DNA, environment, health habits and dozens of other factors that make fat cling to our bodies.

Even when you've done everything right, you sometimes still come out on the gaining end. Going to school and learning all you can does not exempt you from the biological struggle. It doesn't.

Both Bradley and Majdan say their desire to be at an ideal weight wasn't a response to any criticism. Like you and me, they wanted to be healthy and feel good about themselves. Perhaps this makes them ideal health experts: Someone who once was fat but now is thin.

This provides them with a good understanding of what 66 percent of the population who are overweight and obese go through on a daily basis, but allows them to look the part of the stick-thin genetic lottery winner. It's a lose-win scenario.

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