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Millennials could be the ‘fattest generation ever’

Millennials, (people born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s,) are set to overtake baby boomers (people born in the years following the Second World War) as the age group with the highest proportion of overweight or obese people, according to cancer research Uk. After reading this I kind of wondered why cancer research were looking into obesity, because you never really think of a prominent link between excessive weight and cancer. Instead, the focussed link is between excessive weight and heart disease or diabetes etc. But around 13 types of cancer are linked to excessive weight gain, and Polling evidence shows that only 15% of Britons know that obesity increases the risk of cancer. Following these worrying figures, Cancer research launched a campaign highlighting said link, to spread awareness of the dangers of being overweight. However the campaign was not widely accepted, with some calling it ‘hateful’ and ‘fat shaming’

Sofie Hagen took to twitter to share her outrage at the campaign, This is one of many of her tweets regarding the matter, she goes on to say that cancer research must just ‘hate fat people’ hhmmm. I don’t know them personally Sofie, but I cant help but feel that cancer research had other motives behind their campaign, other than to fulfil their fat hating agenda. Perhaps to prevent cancer?

So why this generation? Why such a sharp incline of obesity? There’s obviously a lot of reasons, for example it could be the ease of access to such unhealthy foods, nowadays you can literally get a little man to go get you a burger and cycle it to your house! how great but bad is that! It isn’t just takeaways though, it seems to be the avoidance of cooking in general. The eating-out trend continues to rise with the average household spending £57.30 a week eating out.

But I believe the most prominent change in our societal perception of body image, is the growing idea that ‘all sizes are beautiful’  (Sofie would fuckin love that phrase.) While it is indeed a positive movement to promote self love, it also encourages acceptance of an an unhealthy body, whether this be under weight or over weight. Humans are supposed to strive for health, which is why the healthy body is one which is widely thought of as the ‘ideal body’. But the ‘ideal body’ should not be the end goal, being healthy should be the end goal.

MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy

Patients suffering from eating disorders are receiving MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a form of recovery. However its not as fun as you might think, it will be administered at limited doses, under strict monitoring, and given only within a very specified kind of psychotherapeutic environment. lol squares. 
The drug is used not as a treatment to any condition, but as an aid to psychotherapy sessions. Under these controlled and secured conditions, It is thought to help patients open up to their psychologist, and I’m not surprised, getting high on MDMA with your therapist must really build a certain level of trust. kidding. The therapist prefers crack.
it’s still early days as he drug is yet to complete the final stage of FDA trials before becoming legal for this use, and due to a lack of funding, there have not been any formal studies carried out. so it’s all sounding a bit shady so far, but apparently these scientist guys know their shit. Research into the nature of the drug indicates that it will indeed be appropriate for this use, because it acts on the serotonergic and dopamine systems. these are very big words so I trust them. Timothy Brewerton, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the University of South Carolina, explains that what makes MDMA particularly unique and relevant to eating disorder therapy sessions, is the oxytocin system. (another large word) “This has to do with social bonding and pro-social feelings and can enhance therapeutic alliance.” in dumb person terms, the drug could be useful in building trust between a patient and their psychologist, which is imperative to total disclosure, and consequentially, helping them overcome the disorder. If the drug passes the final stage of FDA trials, this would be one of very few medications prescribed to 
those suffering with eating disorders, and therefore could be a real breakthrough in recovery for the disorder. 

It all sounds slightly weird, but I think thats just because we associate MDMA to those tiny colourful pills with smily faces on, but I’m sure the doctor isn’t gonna hand you a little bag full of those and tell you not to tell your mum.

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