“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” model, Kate Moss quipped recently, setting off a maelstrom of outrage in the media and around office water coolers everywhere.
There’s no denying that Kate’s callous choice of words was inappropriate given her public persona and influence over young girls, but is she all wrong?
Valerie Bertinelli recently appeared on the CBC Radio program Q. Asked by host, Jian Ghomeshi, “What about people who are fat AND happy?” she responded, “I don’t believe it. Don’t buy it. There’s a reason we gain weight.” Bertinelli, who shed forty pounds thanks to Jenny Craig – and a good personal trainer, can certainly attest to the positive effect of a bangin’ bod on our mental wellbeing.
Bertinelli’s view is backed by science. A 2008 study published in the journal, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice noted a distinct correlation between obesity and depression. According to Rutgers University researcher, Sarah Markowitz, not only do obese people have a higher likelihood of becoming depressed but those who are already depressed are more likely to become obese.
Obese people, particularly women, tend to become depressed due to dissatisfaction with their health and appearance. Depressed people, on the other hand, struggle to control negative thoughts, overeating and an ability to maintain a fitness regime as a result of physiological changes in their hormone and immune systems – all contributing factors to weight gain.
Me, I have to disagree with the waif, Moss. Food tastes good, Kate. In fact, it tastes great. Maybe even … magical. There’s a reason 52 per cent of UK women say they’d take chocolate over sex. Obviously, I’m not skinny, and with that attitude I never will be.
But like Bertinelli, I am a reformed fat person. I lack her washboard abs, but having experienced a surge of confidence and spirit directly related to the changes in my body, I share her conviction that fat and happy do not go together.
Moss is misguided but she’s not entirely mistaken. Nothing tastes as good as food – when it’s being burned away by a strong, healthy body.