Professor receives online backlash for claim on diabetes risk increase if you don't fit into clothes you wore at 21

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A university professor is receiving backlash on Twitter after his comments regarding his claims on what increases the risk of developing diabetes.

Professor Roy Taylor, director of Newcastle University’s Magnetic Resonance Centre, has come under fire for saying that people should be able to fit in the clothes they wore when they were 21 years-old in order to reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes to present his latest studies he gave his brutal remarks:

“As a rule of thumb, your waist size should be the same now as when you were 21.

“If you can’t get into the same size trousers now, you are carrying too much fat and therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if you aren’t overweight,” he explained.

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As part of the study, the 12 participants – who had an average BMI of 24.5 – were required consume a low calorie liquid (800 calories per day) diet of soups and shakes for two weeks and then received support to maintain their weight loss for four to six weeks, The Guardian reported.

They did this on three occasions until participants lost 10-15 per cent of their body weight.

Results show eight out of the 12 managed to get their type 2 diabetes into remission and didn’t require medication anymore.

However, his comments regard fitting into clothes each of us wore as a 21-year-old has rubbed many people up the wrong way and they have shared their outrage online.

A number of people have recalled what they were doing at the age of 21, and they wouldn’t say they lived a healthy lifestyle back then.

Fortunately I am no longer the unhealthy 47kg I was at 21 and also I don’t think this particular expert has ever met a woman

— Catherine Taylor (@KatyaTaylor) September 28, 2021

Don’t know where to start with this…. At 21 I was comfort eating family sized Chicken Tonight and drinking Baileys like water. I don’t class that as my finest time physically.

— Dr Janina Ramirez (@DrJaninaRamirez) September 28, 2021

I couldn’t fit into the jeans I wore at 21 when I was 23, and I am calling bullshit on these so-called “experts” and their “science” and “facts”

— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 28, 2021

When I moved flat at 21 the only things of mine from the kitchen were an almost finished bottle of vodka and some pop tarts. Weight does not equal health.

— Holly Nielsen (@nielsen_holly) September 28, 2021

at 21 I subsisted on a diet of liquor, Diet Coke, cigarettes, candy, and the occasional meal.

— erin (@heyerin123) September 28, 2021

at 21 i was surviving on weed, diet coke, instant noodles and a festering hatted of my own existence: i looked like a suicidal fucking runner bean

— jo (@aenesidemus_) September 28, 2021

At 21, I lived in a sorority house where I drank three glasses of water before dinner so I would feel too full to eat actual calories. I am overjoyed to never fit into those jeans again.

— Emily Ramshaw (@eramshaw) September 28, 2021

Other people also noted how bodies changed throughout our lives which can mean that we won’t fit into the clothes were wore at 21 – and that’s completely normal.

Has he thought about female anatomy at all? Maybe I’m some sort of medical freak, but my hips widened quite significantly in my 20s (I assumed it was biology saying, “baby time”) At 21 I still had quite a childish body. Friends say the same…

— Rhiannon L Cosslett (@rhiannonlucyc) September 28, 2021

Fuck this. Bodies change. Bodies should change. Promoting this is damaging. Stop it.

— Steph 🐉 #FE (@Ravenatadesk) September 28, 2021

has your body changed since you were 21? you may be at risk of dying one day

— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 28, 2021

how about we stop making women feel shitty because of how our bodies NATURALLY change shape/size as we get older

— emily (@emxlymae) September 28, 2021

very weird how so much diet talk is framed in this way of preventing illness, like bodies don’t get sick or have stuff go wrong with them literally all the time whether you fit into your old topshop jeans or not

— sarah 🌺 (@shamp___) September 28, 2021

Wow – this headline is ridiculous, triggering and shameful.

Every woman’s body shape changes as they age, and that’s fine and good.

Curves are good! Healthy, even.

— Niamh Shields (@eatlikeagirl) September 28, 2021

Elsewhere some people recall having an eating disorder at that age, and slammed Taylor’s comments in response for being triggering and insensitive.

I had a raging ED at 21. Let’s never

— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) September 28, 2021

when i was 21 i had anorexia, the guardian

— edie (@multiplebears) September 28, 2021

some of us had eating disorders at 21 i’m GLAD i don’t fit in the same jeans i had

— henry crabgrass fan account (@beffcarroll) September 28, 2021

At 21, I had an eating disorder.

I should not be wearing the jeans I wore then.

Weight loss can be a tool to manage diabetes, but this headline is wrong on so many levels.

— OnMyPlate (@OnMyPlateBlog) September 28, 2021

Bit of a triggering headline for those of us who suffered with eating disorders at 21 or who still do 🚮

— matt horwood (@matthewhorwood) September 28, 2021

While others pointed out that clothes aren’t exactly the best tool for measuring our health as trends comes and go – and for many that meant wearing some extremely baggy or low cut jeans as a 21-year-old.

The jeans I wore at 21

— anna s-r (@annaspargoryan) September 28, 2021

The jeans I wore at 21 were so low-rise they barely covered my bum. Even if I COULD fit into these pants, I would not wear them. (Those sneakers were dope, tho.)

— Caroline Dohack (@CarolineDohack) September 28, 2021

I can’t fit into jeans I wore at 21, but that’s because I thought it was cool to wear jeans that were 3 sizes too large, so… 🤷‍♂️

— 𝔻𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕙𝕖𝕒 (@dryanshea) September 28, 2021

The jeans I wore aged 21:

— Aaron West (@oeste) September 28, 2021

My love, I came of age in the time of low-rise jeans. I’d rather eat my own fist than attempt to fit into those ugly things ever again.

— No McMc No Party (@ChristinaMcMc) September 28, 2021

It was 2001 when i was 21…loads of my clothes were really baggy and ill-fitting … checkmate diabetes.

— Jack_Saul (@JackSaulLondon) September 28, 2021

Jokes on you, I was 21 in 2012, all jeans were made of 50% elastane.

— Rebecca Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) September 28, 2021

This would depend on the style of jeans that were in fashion at the time. Early 90’s to Early 00’s were a time of voluminous denim.

— Patrick Dalton (@shitlondon) September 28, 2021

You clearly don’t know the kind of jeans we used to wear

— SickBoy (@GamingAnarchist) September 28, 2021

According to his study, people of healthy weight and who have type 2 diabetes can reverse the condition by losing between 10 and 15 per cent of their body weight.

“Doctors tend to assume that type 2 diabetes has a different cause in those who aren’t overweight,” Professor Taylor added.

“This means that, unlike those who are overweight, those who are of normal weight aren’t usually advised to lose weight before being given diabetes drugs and insulin.

He continued: “Instead, there’s a tendency to start them on insulin and other medication at a much earlier stage.

“What we’ve shown is that if those of normal weight lose 10-15 per cent of their weight, they have a very good chance of getting rid of their diabetes.”

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