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Demo­niz­ing Fat in the War on Weight—an actu­al pos­i­tive arti­cle in the NYTimes!

I want Paul Cam­pos’ book, The Obe­si­ty Myth. A quote from the NYT article:
He said in a recent inter­view: “The cur­rent hys­te­ria about body mass and sup­pos­ed­ly dev­as­tat­ing health effects is cre­at­ing a strat­i­fi­ca­tion in the soci­ety of pow­er and priv­i­lege based on a sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly fal­la­cious con­cept of health. What we are see­ing with this moral pan­ic over fat in many ways is com­pa­ra­ble to what we saw with the eugen­ics move­ment in the 20’s.

The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life sounds like an inter­est­ing read. I’m not sure it’ll live up to Cam­ryn Man­heim’s mar­velous auto­bi­og­ra­phy, but I’m will­ing to check Shankar’s book out of the library.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the Salon inter­view makes it clear that Shankar WAS a com­pul­sive overeater. I’ve known VERY few com­pul­sive overeaters in my life. Seri­ous­ly, I have known a lot of fat peo­ple. I’ve known peo­ple who eat a lot, who eat emotionally—and I’ve cer­tain­ly eat­en emo­tion­al­ly at times. But I’ve known pre­cise­ly ONE per­son (in the flesh, not online) who binge eats. She was skin­ny and gained weight up to “chub­by,” but she was also a new­ly-diag­nosed bipo­lar per­son and had oth­er problems.

Just about every not-fat per­son I know keeps say­ing, “Hey, eat less and exer­cise more, you’ll lose weight!”


It does­n’t work that way for many of us. Ask ANYBODY who has lived with me—I don’t even eat enough, much less overeat. I’ve done the dai­ly exer­cise-myself-to-death thing and lost NOTHING. Nada. I’m talk­ing A YEAR of a dai­ly aer­o­bic and light­weight cir­cuit fol­lowed by an hour-long water aer­o­bics class, and NO POUNDS LOST.

I know—one anec­dote isn’t “data.” But I am not alone in my expe­ri­ence, by any mea­sure. In fact, diet­ing from my pre-teen years on has screwed up my metab­o­lism hor­ri­bly. I tru­ly believe that diet­ing made me fat. The fact that I am now being treat­ed for two con­di­tions that can con­tribute may help me change that—but I can’t count on it.

I know I can get more fit, and that is a rea­son­able goal. Mak­ing weight loss in and of itself a goal is not wise, because I am set­ting myself up for yet anoth­er failure.

Believe me, if I could just choose my weight, there’d be less than half of my cur­rent self left. I don’t know of any­one who CHOOSES to be fat. While more and more peo­ple in the US are con­sid­ered “obese,” fat is con­sid­ered a moral issue that is whol­ly cho­sen and under our con­trol. That makes it just fine to dis­crim­i­nate against and den­i­grate fat people.

The inter­view does link to big_fat_blog, which is good—Shankar men­tions it in her book.

I’d like to see a big­ger pic­ture of her with the inter­view, though.

Cur­rent Mood: pissed off
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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