Ending The State-Sponsored Calorie Guilt Campaigns Against Women.
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The Gender Gap is not exclusive to wages.
From the National Health Service in the UK:
"...a man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500kcal) a day ... For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000kcal) a day."
And it’s not just the NHS pedalling this myth of male superiority in calorific form, many health organizations also tow this line.
To make things worse, we of the fairer sex are genetically programmed to want more food.
Maybe God is a man after all!
Here’s the science, from Shape.com:
“One study looked at the favorite foods of 13 women and 10 men... After they fasted for 20 hours, the subjects underwent brain scans while being presented with their favorite foods, but they weren’t allowed to eat them. The researchers found that after the sneak peek the women's brains still acted as if they were hungry, but the men's did not. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why but they have a few theories. The first is that the female brain may be hard-wired to eat when food is available because women need nutrition to support pregnancy.”
So, we propose that these Health organisations re-evaluate themselves. Women should not be made to feel guilty for exceeding arbitrary calorie guidelines, stop shaming us purely because of our gender.
We’ve already had some success related to our cause. Until last year:
- Women were allowed 75% of the recommended safe alcohol intake that men were.
- Women are told to eat 80% of the calories that men are allowed.
- Women make 82% of what men make on the dollar.
Since then, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines was amended and now 14 units of alcohol per week is now deemed safe for both men and women!
When this petition is successful it will be submitted to the UK Parliament, who are required to give a response and hopefully we can solve the 2nd issue on the list above. Obviously the wage gap is a far bigger issue that will take a lot more effort to resolve.
Ladies, when we unite we are powerful. On January 21st, the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. showed how much we can achieve, and what a difference we can make. We all have a moral duty to each other to keep fighting for equality.
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