Anti-fat rhetoric is getting nastier than ever. Why our overweight nation hates overweight people.
Practically the minute President Obama announced Regina M. Benjamin, a zaftig doctor who also has an M.B.A. and is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant," as a nominee for the post of Surgeon General, the criticism started.
The attacks were vicious—Michael Karolchyk, owner of a Denver "anti-gym," told Fox News' Neil Cavuto, "Obesity is the No. 1 issue facing our country in terms of the health and wellness, and she has shown not that she was born this way, not that she woke up one day and was obese. She has shown through being lazy, and making poor food choices, that she's obese."
"This is totally disgusting to have some one so big to be advocating health," wrote one YouTube commenter.
( The anger about Benjamin wasn't the only example of vitriol hurled at the overweightCollapse )
I decided to post this after reading some of the comment from the post about obesity and brain tissue degeneration. The actual study is here. In summary, the researchers found that older people who had no real cognitive degeneration showed a difference in brain tissue amounts, and that difference was negatively correlated with BMI (as one goes up, the other goes down). Specifically, they found that the subjects who are considered overweight or obese using BMI have less of certain types of white brain matter than subjects who are considered of normal weight. No subjects who were underweight were studied. They have not determined causality, i.e. that being overweight causes brain degeneration, just that there is some type of link between them.
Multiple people on that post referred to intolerance of fat people and fat hatred, and this article is interesting because (at least I think) that most people don't know that fat hatred goes back quite some time in America.