The Minnesota research suggests that girls who felt good about themselves were more likely to be physically active and pay more attention to what they ate. They didn’t lose much weight, but they made healthy lifestyle changes that at least prevented them from gaining more weight. Meanwhile, the researchers found that the girls who were the most dissatisfied with their size tended to become more sedentary over time and paid less attention to maintaining a healthy diet. Those who were unhappy with their bodies were, in fact, more likely to gain more weight.
Really, we’ve gotta stop with the “fat is an indicator of health, happiness, and quality of life” thing.
Like so many of the bullshit “truths” of life, this one really heads people down the wrong road.