Three quick things on the 35 pounds of fat for women:
1) I think 35 pounds is less fat than you are picturing.
The newsletter lady weighed 170 pounds in those “before” pictures. If she only had 35 pounds of fat that means here body fat percentage was 20%. That “before” lady did not have a body fat percentage of 20%, which is borderline in the athletic range for a lady. Her body fat percentage was probably near 30%, probably more, meaning she was carrying 50 pounds or more of fat in the “before” pictures.
As she was, most of the women in our society that are heavy are carrying much more than 35 pounds of fat. I think you are picturing a lot more extra body mass than 35 pounds of fat really is.
2) I think society’s view of heavy and fat is opposite of what you imply, in your posts. You imply society has too strict a view of what is fat. Instead, I think it has a very loose view of what is fat and it expands as time goes by. In other words, as more and more people become larger, our society shifts its view of “normal” to a bigger and fatter bodies. For a good view of my opinion, go watch some older movies/television shows or read articles from older news papers stories that have pictures and you will find what was "fat" 20 to 30+ years ago is "normal" now.
For example, I was watching a documentary on Elvis Presley, last week. At the time when he died, he was thought of as very heavy person. Looking at how he looked then, now, he looks normal.
3) I question whether what might be good for pregnancy is what is really good for the individual.
Considering the human species only needs adults to live to 25 to 30 years of age for the species to be successful (for example, have kids at 15 and have 10 to 15 years to raise them to have kids of their own), I do not think a cautionary need of pregnancy (by cautionary I mean need only if no food around) should constitute what is healthful for an individual.
What I mean by the above opinion is that as a species, all humans need is for adults to be able to give safe births at 15 years of age and live another 10 to 15 years. In that situation that means the pregnant lady would be 15 years of age, in which case, carrying extra pounds of fat is not as big of a health risk as a lady of 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70+ years of age carrying that same fat. In perspective, I imagine the human body, in a plural sense, could take almost any bad health condition abuse and live to 30 years of age. So I would not imply that cautionary need of a juvenile mother to be healthful for adult ladies. Also, it might be a situation more healthful for the pregnancy (mother and fetus) and not necessary for the mother, as an individual, at any age.
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