Not body positive: Obesity a cause of Bell’s Palsy?

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Pushing a narrative that is a lie.

Progessives and the media today, in an effort to find more “victims,” like to promote “body positivity,” aka obesity. You can find “fat influencers” all over social media and there are plenty of reality-based tv shows about overweight people.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, “positive” about obesity. The consequences of being overweight include diabetes and high blood pressure, among many other diseases.

Do you know what else you may be subject to if you are obese ? Bell’s palsy. Studies have shown that being overweight and obesity are also associated with increased risk of Bell´s palsy in children.

Although there is no known cause of Bell’s Palsy, you have greater chance of having it if you have the following:

  • Diabetes
  • A respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
  • An autoimmune disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

In an effort to follow the victimhood trend, an advocate for “body positivity” who recently developed Bell’s Palsy is blaming the stress and anxiety of her national attention as the cause of her infliction.

From The Daily Mail:

Plus-sized Miss Alabama reveals shock health update caused by ‘stress and anxiety’ from vicious trolls

“A plus-size beauty queen has revealed she’s got Bell’s Palsy due to the stress inflicted by trolls who attacked her appearance.  Sara Milliken, 23, was harassed by online bullies who mocked her weight and said she did not deserve the title of Miss National American Alabama.

She gave an update on Sunday night, sharing how the national attention has taken a toll on her health and left her afraid to be seen in public.

Sara wrote: ‘With my story blowing up the way it did I felt an immense amount of stress and anxiety. I didn’t even want to walk into a store or pump my gas because it just felt like the entire was talking about me.

‘Between that and preparing for a national pageant while just trying to be Sara… I ended up with a case of Bell’s Palsy. While there is no way to know for sure what caused it we feel certain that it was caused by the stress I have been experiencing.

Sara, who made national headlines with her win, added that not being able to fully smile has added to her mental plight‘My smile is something I’ve always been proud of. I love smiling at people because you never know if your smile is the only one they see today. Overall, I’m a very smiley person. I’ve even joked that I have a resting smile face.

‘Having this taken away from me has been a bit of a mental battle. But I’m happy to report mentally I have been feeling better and coming to terms with things!”

Read the whole article here.

If you are going to put yourself on the national platform (such as a national beauty contest) and be active on social media as an “advocate for body positivity,” you’d best put on your big girl panties. And for the sake of your life, work to make them little girl panties.

And for the sake of little girls and young women, stop the false narrative of body positivity through obesity! Ask any doctor and they’ll tell you that there is nothing positive about obesity.


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22 days ago

This is a cultural measure dictated by context. I so remember my mother explaining to me that in her “chubby” grandmother’s day it meant that you were not destitute, starving, but that you were stable and successful. Historical context of the Great Depression era, and maybe other things, can add credence to this thought.

Don’t believe my premise? Go back to any 1970’s-genre movie, TV show, marketing good, or ads, even hit parade music….to see Americans that weigh half of what we weigh today, toned and healthy-looking, living a fit lifestyle. It was the culture in the USA at the time, possibly starting with the Kennedy admin years of the 1960’s that exhorted school-aged kids to become physically fit and telescoping into an industry of fitness in the 1970’s thru 1980’s (paid gyms, dance exercise programs, “run for fun” clubs, the marathon movement, public “fitness” parks and so much more). Our cultural measure and context have changed drastically since then. Thus….we get what we have now…not only this obese beauty queen winner, but all the poor examples that attend it: poor role models for healthy weight, eating, exercise, but an opposing poor role model –or I should say…a MISSING role model—for all those things that promote health and well-being. I don’t want to drone on, but my students, who receive FREE breakfasts, break snacks, lunches, and after-school treats….still arrive at school with family-sized bags of “Takis” (like hot chips) in their backpacks & eat of them all day long…most times dumping their free food in my trash. It took me a lifetime & menopause to reach a weight that I have to work against …..and my students who are 11, 12, 13, are now twice my size anyway. It is alarming and SAD. PERIOD. No matter how much the present culture tries to normalize this through “culture and context,” you can’t fool Mother Nature. If you are morbidly obese, you are going to end up morbid (dead) with maybe years of deteriorating health problems before you get there. I am just a messenger, not the data/facts. Check the data/facts.

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz
19 days ago

Just the health problems that come with this should be enough to keep you from being this way. I know its hard for a lot of folks but a lot is just not pushing away from the table. But I am sure there are folks who have medical problems that cause it as well.. How long do you want to live