There I was, noodling around in Science Daily, trying to take a break from contemplating why Dr. Sharma and his friends have lost their minds, when I happened upon this article on how discrimination makes you fat, which is no less depressing. Sigh. The researchers excluded people who perceived themselves as victims of fat discrimination, nevertheless, we know that fat carries as much stigma and suffers as much discrimination as any other “negative” attribute, even among health professionals who should know better. What is one to conclude? Being fat, which leads to discrimination, will make you fatter. Oh, that cortisol. How we love it!
Now, what drives fat discrimination?
Oh, damn, here I am again, thinking about Dr. Sharma losing his mind.
If you haven’t been following his blog lately, this election cycle in Canada has somehow prompted Dr. Sharma to use his authority to advance hysteria, which feeds discrimination (and will make us fatter), though that isn’t his intent. He and his partners in politics are bamboozled, in fact, that some of us have suggested they are employing “scare tactics,” since their treatments (in practice) are nuanced. And yet, how will these words from the Canadian Obesity Network call to action ring in the ears of people who are inclined to discriminate and stigmatize?
“Obesity is the nation’s top contributor to disease, death, loss of productivity and costs to our health systems,” says Dr. Arya M. Sharma, . . . “One in 10 premature deaths among Canadian adults aged 20–64 years is directly attributable to excess weight, and 60% of adults and 25% of kids are overweight or obese.”
Huh? Confusing causation with association is the tactic of weight-loss profiteers and other fatphobes. That statement is followed by hysterical statements about the multimillion-dollar costs of obesity based on studies that are far from flawless.
Obviously, Dr. Sharma and crew are hoping to drum up a sense of urgency, but that’s not at issue. Everyone’s panties are bunched over obesity. The call to action itself makes the point that “37% of Canadian adults and 35% of youths identified obesity as the number-one health issue affecting Read the rest of this entry »