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Girls: Let’s Empower, Not Hate :)

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pelpina_trip_extrasmallBy Pelpina Trip.

I just came across a great video by Laci Green. It's a bit NSFW/kids because of some of her language, but the point she is making is SO true.

Pressure to be perfect

From the moment we are born, we are bombarded with messages that tell us that our value is tied into how we look. In order to be valued, feel important and worth loving, you have to have the right body, be fiercely intelligent, show just the right amount of emotions, and pick the right amount of career to balance finances and family life.
In this already pressure-filled world, we don't empower each other, but lash out... Girl hate.

you're too skinny, you're too fat

Girl hate is tearing women down for petty or unwanted reasons, just to make yourself feel better (if only for a split second).It's being hypercritical of each other, criticizing each others bodies, and carrying a bitterness towards fellow women. If you're not too thin, you're too fat. If you're hair isn't too curly, it's too straight. You're too smart, or you're dumb. We criticize stay-at-home moms and working moms - no matter what you do, or what you look like, women criticize each other.

Girl LOVE :)

Isn't it about time we stop criticizing? Why can't we support each other, and feel good when we see each other succeed?
Let's empower, not hate!

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Why Are Thin People Not Fat: Part 7!

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I'm documenting my thoughts on the BBC documentary "Why are thin people not fat." Here's the final part!

Your Body Biology Determines How Skinny Or Fat You Will Be

This final installment was very interesting. Basically, research suggest that everybody has a different 'normal' body weight. For some folks, it's 150 pounds, for other people it's 100 pounds.

Now that the overeating experiment has ended, will it be easy for the people who took part in the experiment to lose the weight again?
Most volunteers did lose the weight again, with ease, in just a few weeks. And that supports the theory that our body's biology determines how skinny or fat we will be.

But that, of course, is not to say that we can't influence our 'normal' body weight at all. There's definitely ways to lose weight and gain weight - even if it's hard!

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Why Are Thin People Not Fat: Part 5!

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I'm documenting every part of the BBC Documentary 'Why are Thin People Not Fat' while I watch it. Don't forget to watch part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4!

At the week two tests, there are big differences between the volunteers. Some are 6% heavier, others just 3%. So the big question remains...why do some people gain weight more easily than others?

Naturally thin people turn calories into "heat" instead of fat

How do thin people still use up the excess calories, if they don't store it as fat?
One theory, is that some people make heat out of the calories they consume. They have a higher base metabolic rate, or BMR. Your BMR is the least amount of calories you need just to be alive: breath, digest food, etc.

Obese people might have a 'virus' (?!)

Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar started studying obesity in the early 80s.
This part of the video was super strange to me...He believes people who are heaver might be naturally infected with some sort of strange virus (?!). Obese people apparently are even three times more likely to have this virus than non-obese people. He says this strange virus actually increases fat tissue.

I've never heard of anything like it. Sounds very weird to me...what do you think? Here's the video:

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