"The obesity myth thrives in contemporary America because America is an eating-disordered culture.
Moreover, the prime symptoms of this situation -- our increasing rates of 'overweight,' bulimia and anorexia -- are also symptoms of, and have become metaphors for, a broader set of cultural anxieties ...
For upper-class Americans in particular, it's easier to deal with anxiety about excessive consumption by obsessing about weight, rather than by actually confronting far more serious threats to our social and political health.
We may drive environmentally insane SUVs that dump untold tons of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere; we may consume a vastly disproportionate share of the world's diminishing natural resources; we may support a foreign policy that consists of throwing America's military weight around without regard to objections from our allies -- but at least we don't eat that extra cookie when it's offered to us."
From: The Diet Myth by Paul Campos (2004)
Phat Phobia and Weightism
Most of us are phat phobic and weightist. We got that way with almost no effort on our part. But most of us do not stop to challenge the party-line continually fed to us by society.
What would happen if you began to look behind the obesity research to see the prejudice and bias that are there? How would your life be different if you began to challenge size prejudice? Read on!
Do you Suffer from Size Bias? - Take this test and find out!
Size Bias Impacts The Thin As Well - Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think, discusses a patient who almost died because the doctor failed to diagnose heart disease. In retrospect, the symptoms of heart disease were clear, but the diagnosis not made because the patient was an active thin man who appeared to be in great shape. Yup, both the fat and the thin suffer because of size bias.
Who Are You Calling Fat? - "A long-running, delicious food fight pitting a University of Colorado law professor and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control against the Harvard School of Public Health on the subject of fatitude." 9/07