Archive for December 6th, 2007

Fat vilification & body image

You might not be fully aware of the problems fatties create by their very existence.

You probably don’t know, for instance, that not only are fat people about to drop dead any second, but for the small period we are actually able to draw breath, we will be a burden on society by being unproductive drones. Because we suck up huge resources and – since we are mentally deficient and physically incapable – are clearly unable to create sufficient profit for our corporate masters. All as evidenced prima facie by our fat.

So people like David Ludwig have made it their mission in life to inform you:

“My colleagues and I have predicted that paediatric obesity may shorten life expectancy in the United States by 2 to 5 years by mid-century – an effect equal to that of all cancers combined,” David Ludwig of the Children’s Hospital Boston said in the commentary.

“If we don’t take steps to reverse course, the children of each successive generation seem destined to be fatter and sicker than their parents.

He also warned that “without effective intervention, the costs of obesity might well become catastrophic, arising not only from escalating medical expenses but also from diminished worker productivity caused by physical and psychological disabilities. [all emphasis mine]“

Yes. That’s right. And that delightful little piece of invective is, of course, related to some studies showing that childhood obesity is ‘on the rise’. Seems to be flavour of the month, doesn’t it?

So it’s interesting, although unsurprising, to see a article on ‘top youth worries’ that lists body image as the biggest concern for young Australians. Which is a change from my era, when our biggest concern was nuclear war.

“One in three young Australians rate body image as their number one concern, ranking higher than divorce or school stress, a national survey has found.

Mission Australia’s 2007 survey of more than 29,000 people found that both males and females were more concerned about their bodies than they were in previous surveys.

Concern about weight and shape rated higher than suicide, depression, bullying or sexual abuse. [my emphasis]

[...]

“Not only has body image grown in concern since last year’s survey, but among young adults – those aged between 20 and 24 – concern about this issue has doubled. And we ought not see it as a female issue because one in four males said it was of major concern to them,” Ms Hampshire said.

Do you know what concerns me the most?

It’s that fuckers such as David Ludwig probably think that body image issues in young people are a ‘good thing’ because it indicates that all the blaming is succeeding in shaming the fatties.

AARGH!


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