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STUPID FATTY. BAD FATTY. GET OFF THE COUCH, FATTY.

It seems ‘Fat and Fatter’ has screened somewhere in the world. I’m getting a stream of commenters who are all so very concerned that my review of the show is being unfair and that it’s perfectly reasonable to scare people onto the diet treadmill, because don’tcha know that ‘Fat and Fatter’s fat shaming through lurid camera close-ups on bodies merely serves as a public service announcement.

I’m NOT going to publish the comments for two reasons.

Firstly, every single one of the comments fails to meet the criteria of ‘Constructive Debate’, ‘Respectfulness’ and ‘Open Mindedness’ as defined in my Comments Policy, which on this blog is required reading before anyone comments. It’s clearly listed at the top of the page, so there’s no excuse.

Secondly, all the comments basically boil down to the below and add nothing of intelligence to the discussion:

ALL FATTYBOOMSTICKS ARE GONNA DIE. FROM SUGAR AND FAT AND THE LAZY. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS, FATTY. STUPID FATTY. BAD FATTY. GET OFF THE COUCH, FATTY.

So, ‘Fat and Fatter’ viewers, if you want your comment to appear on this blog, read the Comments Policy and don’t spout fat hate.

‘Obesity’ costs skewed for shock value? Duh!

The fatosphere is always talking about how the ‘costs of obesity’ are inflated for shock value and to influence public policy and spending – and at last we have a leading actuary who has confirmed that the costs of Australia have been vastly over-estimated. Instead of $58 billion, he states the actual costs are only $8.8 billion – but I guess that just doesn’t have the same ZING!

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A leading actuary has lampooned health lobby figures on the costs of smoking and obesity as being extravagantly inflated and based on suspect methodology.

“The numbers are all over the place,” writes Geoff Dunsford in the September edition of Actuary Australia. And they are “big numbers” – the implication being that they are too big.

and

The sheer size of the numbers, argues the Sydney actuary, perverts government policy. It can lead to poor spending decisions. The credibility of the numbers from the health lobby is therefore critical to government policy.

The press and the public have been led to believe that the costs to the system are higher than they really are so the government can “justify use of taxpayers’ money on measures to reduce its prevalence and prevention”.

and

Access Economics estimated the cost of obesity to Australia at $58.2 billion. And sure enough, this enormous headline number promptly bobbed in the press.

On Dunsford’s analysis, however, the figures are flawed, skewed by the “non-financial” estimates to make obesity seem a lot more costly to the taxpayer than it really is.

The costs break down as $3.9 billion for the health care system, $4.4 billion in “other” costs relating to lost work days, taxes forgone and other productivity losses.

More detailcan be found in the article (Be warned: the comments are full of fat-hate.)

Introducing ‘Fatadelic plus’

You may well have noticed that I haven’t had much time or energy to post frequently on Fatadelic for some time. Partly this is due to life getting in the way, but also partly because I prefer to blog more substantial posts here rather than emphemera (that wasn’t always the case, but blogging as a whole seems to have become far more serious in tone over the past few years).

But I’ve realised that I acutely miss sharing the interesting bits and bobs I come across, that I miss having fun with blogging.

So I have started Fatadelic plus on tumblr. which is still focussed on Fat Acceptance and Fat Activism issues, but just a bit less serious. I’ll be linking to my favourite bits from awesome fatosphere blogs as well as other things I enjoy or have found interesting along the way – even what I am reading, watching, consuming (you know, like blogging used to be). I hope you’ll find it interesting, too.

But if that’s not your cup of tea, I will still be blogging here when I have something more substantial to say – which may be more frequently if I don’t feel the pressure (I’m perverse like that). And I am also on Twitter.

A (somewhat belated) announcement of a short break

Everything is fine, just taking a short break from blogging to deal with life issues. I’m still job hunting, and on top of that, our landlord has given is a termination notice so we have to vacate our rental property. Finding funds to move (rent, bond, removalists) is a bit challenging but I keep telling myself it will turn out. Anyway, suffice to say that although I am keeping abreast of the fatosphere, I am not finding the mental energy to post on my own blog. I shall be back, though.


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