I will be at the NAAFA convention this coming weekend. I won't have a table to sell my book but if you really want one, I will take a few with me. However, I'm mostly going there to be active in the community, have fun with friends and lobby the government on Monday.
Why the need for lobbying? The treatment fat people get in the US (and other western countries) is appalling. We are constantly told to lose weight, no matter what our blood tests or medical studies say. Yet there is no proven effective method of weight loss. We are then given fewer rights as Americans. Less chance at jobs, bias at the doctor's office and even while clothing shopping.
All of this based on the flawed BMI, yet despite studies proving that people in the overweight category live longest, athletes are consider obese, BMI falsely puts children in a "high" risk category (And can hurt them emotionally) and the standards were changed in 1998 making more people overweight and obese overnight. (BTW, although I do believe we have gotten bigger, this BMI shift is probably the culprit of the current "epidemic," that and the massive push for dieting which causes yoyo dieting and makes people bigger) BMI, like height/weight charting, isn't a good measure of a person's health. In fact it's so ridiculous that a while back Kate Harding put together the BMI project which shows pictures of people and how BMI categorizes them.
Why do we still use it? These are my theories. The diet industry would like nothing but for the population to think they are fat (and reinforce the idea that fat is bad) and buy their products and services. Insurance companies would like nothing better than to cover fewer people (gets too expensive if we have health care for all,) which translates into increased profits.
But really I expect them to want to maintain the status quo, as the normal state of affairs keeps business going at full bore. But why do doctors keep to this principle? In fact I often see the antiquated Height/ Weight Chart in doctor's offices. Is it just easier to accept things as is?