What a load off.
All this time, I thought I was fat just because I don't exercise, and I eat too much, but it turns out that I am simply physiologically predisposed for it.
According to this NY Times article, my genes have determined my weight "set point," and my brain "exerts an astonishing amount of control" over my body composition and how I eat. Forcing my weight below "nature's preassigned levels" causes me to become hungrier and eat more, the article says. One doctor is quoted as saying that the brain's determination to keep you at your predetermined weight is 99.6% effective. This explains EVERY DIET I HAVE EVER BEEN ON.
In fact, it is now believed that the factor that most influences your predetermined weight is the condition in the womb, when you were but a wee fetus. Here's something that'll blow your socks off:
"Human studies have shown that women who eat little in pregnancy, surprisingly, more often have children who grow into fat adults."
Pardon? Did you just see the clouds part and hear what sounded like angels singing "Hallelujah"? Because, unless I'm mistaken, I've just been given a free ticket to totally pig out when/if I become pregnant.
Unfortunately, the one nugget of information this article does not offer up is how to overcome the predetermined fatness obstacle (brain re-boot, stat!), but for now I'm feeling a little better about my chubby thighs.