While I don’t agree with all of Susie Orbach’s contentions (particularly that fat people eat huge quantities because of emotional problems), she does have interesting things to say about dieting. Read her BBC interactive essay to find out more.
And here is a quote from another interesting article that questions the fatness = lack of fitness / fitness = lack of fatness equation.
The problem, Ikeda suggests, is that the fat-can-be-fit thinkers are up against a barrage of doctors, nurses, dietitians and academicians using the strength of traditional thinking.
“They don’t want to get this message out,” Ikeda said, “because then people won’t want to try to lose weight. Of course, 95 percent of people who lose weight by dieting regain it in two to five years. We’d be much better off not focusing on dieting, but helping people improve their fitness level and let their weight fall where it may.”