Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I Told You to Lay Off the Cheese Tubby


You're Fat and Ugly

Hey, just trying to help!  Daniel Callahan a bioethicist at the Hastings Center, thinks we're not doing enough to shame fat people into being thin.

“People don't hate being fat enough, basically, according to Hastings Center bioethicist Daniel Callahan … he argues that nothing … is working, and goes on to make the case for fat-shaming people until they start eating more salad.”
"They need to be leaned upon, nudged, and—when politically feasible—helped by regulations to understand that they are potentially in trouble. They should not want to be that way, nor should others."
"National obesity rates are essentially static, and public health campaigns that gently try to educate people about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating just aren't working, Callahan argued. We need to get obese people to change their behavior. If they are angry or hurt by it, so be it.".
Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic

 Aren't the Obese Already Stigmatized?

Obese individuals are highly stigmatized and face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight. The prevalence of weight discrimination in the United States has increased by 66% over the past decade, and is comparable to rates of racial discrimination, especially among women. Weight bias translates into inequities in employment settings, health-care facilities, and educational institutions, often due to widespread negative stereotypes
that overweight and obese persons are lazy, unmotivated, lacking in self-discipline, less competent, non-compliant, and sloppy. These stereotypes are prevalent and are rarely challenged in Western society, leaving overweight and obese persons vulnerable to social injustice, unfair treatment, and impaired quality of life as a result of substantial disadvantages and stigma.


I'd have given Daniel Callahan 'The Finger', but he's not a politician... still the sentiment is there.  Daniel Callahan is the logical progression of Nanny Statism, urging government to shame people into behaving the way he wants, looking the way he wants.  How long are we going to put up with this bullshit?


It's been done before...



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