Title: The Big Skinny - How I Changed My Fattitude
Author: Carol Lay.
Artist: Carol Lay.
Genre: Graphic novel, non-fiction, autobiography, health.
Publication Date: May 2008.
Summary: After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting with pills, hypnosis, and ill-informed half-measures, cartoonist Carol Lay shares her experiences of finally shedding her excess pounds and keeping them off in a funny and genuine graphic memoir.
My rating: 6/10
♥ Here's the idea: when we are babies we get hungry, so we cry. Mom feeds us and we feel loved, nourished. Then we fall asleep after a good belch. Now, babies aren't stupid. Early on we associate food with love, comfort, and safety. Expressions of discomfort are rewarded with food. Later on, food might be used to bribe us or distract us. It's no wonder we go to food for more than simple nourishment.
♥ Let's take a look at our primitive relations. Before the domestication of farm animals babies received nourishment solely from breast milk. The average cave kid had to really work hard to suck out the good stuff, so she would stop when she was full. And cave mom didn't encourage her to keep at it, because she had things to do.
Now we find out that modern babies who feed on bottled milk are more likely to become fat adults. Why? Because he doesn't have to suck as hard, it's easier for baby to overdo it. And baby formula is loaded with more fat calories than mother's milk. Also, when parents want big strong babies, they manage food intake instead of leaving it up to the baby's appetite. Thus, bottle-fed babies consume roughly 30,000 more calories in the first eight months than breast-fed babies. That's the caloric equivalent of 120 candy bars. The kid's natural appetite control is diminished or shut down and he starts off on the wrong fat foot. Then might come the electronic babysitter bombarding him with ads for sugary cereals and happy meals, along with video activities that lure the kid into a sedentary lifestyle. It's no wonder the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the U.S. has doubled and tripled (respectively) since 1980.