Why We Support Senator Claire McCaskill's Public Weight Loss Goal

Some websites are criticizing the senator for focusing on her weight, but here at YouBeauty we think it might have saved her life.

| October 26th, 2011
Senate.govMissouri Senator Claire McCaskill
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced this week that she reached her weight loss goal of 50 pounds—a goal she had announced via Twitter back in May.

Over the course of the five months, the Senator tweeted her progress, keeping her followers in the loop of her eating habits and fitness routine.

McCaskill said that she chose to tweet her business as a way to hold herself accountable, saying: "I'm tired of looking and feeling fat. Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track."

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Now here's the kicker...some websites and blogs are lambasting McCaskill for so-called preoccupation with a number on a scale, and they're critizing her for, as one website stated, putting "way too much emphasis on [weight] under the guise of getting fit.'"

They're claiming that by publicly setting a weight loss goal, McCaskill is perpetuating society's constant public scrutiny of women's bodies and the pressure that women have to be smaller.

The same site goes on to say: "Your weight does not matter. Your health matters. Your ability to physically complete the tasks you ask of your body matters."

Yes, fine. That's true. Being able to lift a bag of groceries or play with your kids is what matters.

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But do you know what also matters? Your weight. Your weight is directly tied to your health. If you are obese (and, according to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese, whether they realize it or not) your risk for life-threatening disease goes through the roof.

Over the past few decades morbidity (death) levels have sharply increased due to the rising rates of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. If every overweight adult lost just 10 percent of his or her body weight (or 20 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds), the rates of these chronic diseases could be drastically reduced.

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