Vote Shakesville!

Hey, everybody, I haven’t been posting at Shakesville lately due to plenty of comment fatigue happening right here, but I’m still totally psyched that we’ve been nominated for a 2007 Weblog Award for Best Liberal Blog! And I am an idiot for not posting about that here earlier, and asking you to GO VOTE.

So, uh, do that now, please?

7 thoughts on “Vote Shakesville!

  1. Congrats for the nomination Kate… you absolutely deserver it. I’ve only discovered Shapely Prose about a month ago (shame on me!) and it’s become my ultimate favorite daily read!

  2. First off, congratulations.

    This is a random comment which is irrelevant but the difference was so absurd I have to point it out. Due to a serious illness, I’ve lost a huge amounts of weight enough, in fact, that I now seriously need to gain some before my internal organs start getting into danger. (Yes, I’m under a doctor’s care and supervision.) So I’m googling around trying to find some higher calorie meal plans…

    Type the phrase “underweight gain” into google: 808,000 hits
    Type the phrase “overweight loss” into google: 2,010,000 hits

    The irony is that it is probably the people who are underweight who are in more medical danger overall. But guess which one people are writing about. Even many of the “underweight gain” hits are actually just paragraphs on larger dieting sites.

  3. Incidentally, both sets of hits also include an inappropriate number of sites trying to sell me things. The diet industry, people.

  4. Hey Kate, unrelated and I’m guessing you’ve already seen this, but there’s an awesome article in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/health/07fat.html

    in particular these two quotes:
    “overweight people have a lower death rate because they are much less likely to die from a grab bag of diseases that includes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, infections and lung disease. And that lower risk is not counteracted by increased risks of dying from any other disease, including cancer, diabetes or heart disease.”

    and

    ““If we use the criteria of mortality, then the term ‘overweight’ is a misnomer,” said Daniel McGee, professor of statistics at Florida State University.”

    And now I’m going to vote for you!

  5. I was going to tell you about that article too— here’s another quote:

    Some who studied the relation between weight and health said the nation might want to reconsider what are ideal weights.

    “If we use the criteria of mortality, then the term ‘overweight’ is a misnomer,” said Daniel McGee, professor of statistics at Florida State University.

    “I believe the data,” said Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. A body mass index of 25 to 30, the so-called overweight range, “may be optimal,” she said.

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