Keeping us abreast of the OMG FATTY FATTY FATTY crisis

The last few days have seen a slew of articles from the lovely people at the Sydney Morning Herald, who are once again clearly doing their best to keep the ‘obesity crisis’ in the headlines.

First we have a statement from the opposition Health spokeswoman who has (just in time for the election on the weekend) that the Labor party would be tough on obesity if they win the Federal election. The Greens are more and more looking like the best alternative for my vote. (Sorry non-Aussies).

Campaigning in Perth, Ms Roxon said obesity would be added to the list of national health priority areas along with diabetes, cancer prevention and mental health.

“We want to add obesity to that list because we know that already around three million Australians are obese and that we need to find different ways to tackle this problem,” Ms Roxon told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

Obesity came at an enormous personal cost for the people affected and for the health system, she said.

“We know that we can turn around these trends but it requires comprehensive effort by individuals, by governments, by business, by town planners, by a whole range of people to look at the way we live our life and try to do that in a healthier way.”

Secondly, the ‘Chief Medical Officer’ of MBF (a health insurer) is shocked that most ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ Australians think they are healthy, and suggests that is because a) fat people are delusional and b) we as a society have been conditioned to accept fat as normal.

Ha. Ha. Ha. She’s a funny one. It couldn’t be that the fat people surveyed actually had no health problems, could it?

Of course, the SMH (as usual) does no analysis of the survey and does not seek an opposing view point. Afterall, it’s self evident that the fatties are all just about to cark it (but not before burdening our poor health care insurers with their medical expenses, of course). Bias, what do you mean, bias? Just because the study was commissioned by a health fund. Come on.

Most overweight or obese Australians don’t realise their extra fat is damaging their health, a new survey suggests.

The national study of 1,200 people found that 70 per cent rated their health as excellent, very good or good. But at the same time nearly two thirds described themselves as being overweight or obese.

Only a third of people with an obese body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more believed they were actually obese, the study by insurer MBF found.

MBF chief medical officer, Dr Christine Bennett, said the survey results were disturbing because they indicated that obesity was becoming regarded as the norm in society.

“It appears that Australians are becoming accustomed to living in an obese world where it seems normal for people to be overweight,” Dr Bennett said.

“This attitude is strengthened as society makes adjustments necessary for an overweight world including increasing clothing sizes and airline seats to accommodate larger bodies.

She said as society adjusted, people lost sight of the fact that being overweight could damage their health with the threat of conditions like heart disease and type two diabetes.

“With this kind of social conditioning, it is probably no surprise that people who are overweight still believe that they have excellent or very good health,” Dr Bennett said.

Then we have a 2 bit recruitment agency trying to whip up cheap publicity with a survey showing that bosses don’t like hiring fat people.

One in three employers are reluctant to hire an obese person, a new survey has found.

The survey, by recruitment firm Talent2, found 36 per cent of employers interviewed were concerned that excess weight would have an impact on someone’s workplace productivity.

Only 44 per cent said they would have no hesitation employing an obese person, News Ltd papers said.

Nearly half said overweight people took a higher number of sick days, while a further 40 per cent said fat people did not present well.

Of course, the solution isn’t for bosses to cease discriminating based on weight. No, of course not. Instead plenty of words like “presentation” are bandied around to hint that the onus is on the potential employee to be slim and that’s that.

“There is a perception that people that don’t look after their presentation have a number of potential issues that could be brought back to work and that may have an impact on hiring,” Talent2 director John Banks told News Ltd.

“Presentation in work and certain industries is a major influence in making and hiring decisions and is necessarily a part of the culture and image of a business.”

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6 Responses to “Keeping us abreast of the OMG FATTY FATTY FATTY crisis”


  1. 1 nuckingfutz Thursday, 22 November 2007 at 1:31 am

    MBF chief medical officer, Dr Christine Bennett, said the survey results were disturbing because they indicated that obesity was becoming regarded as the norm in society.

    Um… more like the “professionals” keep re-inventing what obese actually MEANS. If you’re only 1 lb. into the obese range, you’re still obese. Does that mean you necessarily LOOK obese? Not necessarily. But according to “them,” you still ARE obese.

    Jesus Effing Christ. I’m so sick and tired of people that automatically assume that just because someone is overweight or obese that they’re going to be a drain on society with all their “health issues.” How in the hell are fat people even going to HAVE any health issues when doctors’ one-size-fits-all answer to EVERY SINGLE HEALTH PROBLEM is “just lose weight”???

    (Yeah, this bugs me just a ‘lil bit.)

  2. 2 Fat Gal Thursday, 22 November 2007 at 6:57 am

    Man….

    I think that most fat people tend to take more care with their appearance simply because we are so used to people saying that fatties are sloppy/unclean/untidy etc etc.

    I had the same response to the MBF woman’s comments too. I mean of course there cant be any fatties without the accompanying health problems! But then I didnt expect much else from a health insurer…

    And I am totally with you about the Greens…

  3. 3 fatadelic Thursday, 22 November 2007 at 7:45 am

    nuckingfutz:

    Jesus Effing Christ. I’m so sick and tired of people that automatically assume that just because someone is overweight or obese that they’re going to be a drain on society with all their “health issues.” How in the hell are fat people even going to HAVE any health issues when doctors’ one-size-fits-all answer to EVERY SINGLE HEALTH PROBLEM is “just lose weight”???

    That bugs me big time, too. And our health problems are never, ever, ever the result of the physical and mental strain of being discriminated against and abused at any turn. Eesh.

    Fat Gal:

    I think that most fat people tend to take more care with their appearance simply because we are so used to people saying that fatties are sloppy/unclean/untidy etc etc.

    Oh yeah. I’m with you on that one. I went through a phase in my late teens/early twenties where I couldn’t leave the house without at least 1.5 hours of make up, hair and clothing adjustments – simply because I was so aware of being judged negatively due to my weight. Oh, and did I mention constant dieting? Fortunately, I’ve since gained a little sense and a “fuck you” attitude towards bigots as I’ve grown older.

  4. 4 Thene Thursday, 22 November 2007 at 11:42 am

    So what are they actually planning to do to ‘fight obesity’, anyway? And do those plans have anything to do with real health and wellbeing, or are they just about shaming people into the arms of the diet industry? I mean, if they were saying something like ‘A lot of people aren’t as healthy as they like – let’s build lots of free community sports centres!’ they might be making sense, but I’m somehow getting the impression that they’re more interested in stigmatising people on the basis of appearance…

    (One nice recent media thing; this BBC News quizlet debunking a few of the myths about fat).

  5. 5 fatadelic Tuesday, 27 November 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Thene. I’ve (belatedly) taken a look at the quiz and it’s interesting, even if it does subscribe to the headless fatties school of photography.


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