Fat City: a brutally truthful article on obesity

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  1. Calypso

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    http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/march/1361848247/karen-hitchcock/fat-city

    "Nora had been listed to have bariatric surgery... She said she was terrified of dying during three operation and had canceled her appointment. I felt sorry for her and wanted to help get. But where to start? I told her that what was going to kill her was her current state of health, not the surgery. I asked her if she wanted to see her daughter grow up and have children. She looked shocked. She started to cry. I told her to go home and empty her cupboards of crap foods."

    It's so refreshing to see a doctor get straight to the point. And I agree that we need to shock people into health.

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    I agree as well. Of course we shouldn't use it too fast because shocking people isn't very nice, but I find these people truly don't understand just how bad their way of eating is and how it affects their health. The attitude that people are now developing doesn't help this either. The whole ''real women have curves'' and ''don't eat less, eat better!'' only makes excuses for these people. It trivializes the problems that obesity gives them. I sometimes want to scream at them when they insist that they don't have to change the way they eat, or when obese people are proud of their body because they don't care about what people think about them. (If I have to see one more Tumblr post about how 'big is beautiful' I'm going to explode :shy:) That's not the point! You're damaging your body! :smash:
     
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    I feel like this would be a good technique to use as tool to avoid a binge disaster.
     
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    "Globally, we are carrying 18.5 million tonnes of excess fat under the skin of the overweight and obese, which – if it were still food rather than adipose tissue – would feed 300 million people for life. Fat people have been compared to petrol-guzzling cars. I feel terrible typing these sentences. I apologise; they are ugly."

    Whoa...


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    Long article, but so worth it! I loved loved loved it

    These kind of campaigns should exist. NOW.

    Lovely patient to have, typical fat person that decides that society owns him for being overweight. I seriously would not have the patience to not tell him to shut up and get a grip.


    I can only imagine what it would be like to get to the point of needing zoo resources to analyze my body because I'm THAT fat. If that is not motivation enough to lose weight, then nothing will ever be for these people.


    I actually had to read this twice, because as absurd as it seems to have a "food tax" , I think it could work, of course not in this world, in this reality right now and the imposed - consumption world we live in, but it could serve as an incentive, but then again, you would have to be very aware that the money these people save by not paying taxes, by not overeating, needs to be destined to other part of consumption, and that would end up inventing a whole new market to spend money in. Still, as crazy as that proposal sounds, it made me understand why the author brought it to the table.
    When she states that the amount of government revenue spent into this disease is so high, she tries to imply that "if you want to be fat and cost the government a big amount of money, pay for it" It is hard and out there but since it's a choice then it could make sense.

    Great way to end this article, such an interesting read and of course, every bit is true. Societies , some more than others, should read this sort of articles, in order to understand that YES, the big food-chains will make campaigns that will lead you to over eating or just eating very bad food, but the consequences for them will be that they will only get richer and on the other hand, you will only get fatter, unhealthier and unhappy. And that the choice is always your, your responsibility, your life.

    Also loved the sentence she quoted from Kant :

    " Kant famously formulated that no man would sleep with the woman of his dreams if the consequence for him were death immediately afterwards. "
    Motivational for us too, since its pretty much literal when it comes to food, we already know that it WILL make us fat ;)
     
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    What a fabulous article. It reminds me of 'Supersize Me' the documentary where they made a point of, you can go up to a smoker and say 'put that out! you're killing yourself!' and it is somewhat socially acceptable, but you cannot go up to a fate person and say 'put down that cake! you're killing yourself!' because it is so much a taboo subject.

    To me it's all very 'ooh, don't hurt their feelings!'

    Gets me annoyed.
     
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    "I was embarrassed to mention her weight; it felt like I was a puritan taking the high moral ground. It felt mean."

    And yet these same fatties claim that the medical community is 'out to get them' or criticize skinnies for being 'ugly' or 'sickly and anorexic'. It's really astonishing. This article was truly wonderful, thank you for posting :highfive:

    This section was my favorite:
    "These dire facts are not my opinion. They are based on empirical data extracted from large international trials and studies. I wish it were not so. I wish you could get really fat and stay healthy. I wish you could get morbidly obese and be considered beautiful. Maybe it will change with time, as we all become enormous, and we’ll look back on the skinny-is-beautiful era with distaste, regarding high cheekbones, defined jaws and long sculptured thighs as skeletal and ugly. I cannot imagine this, but neither could I have imagined that we’d end up in a world so fat."
     
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    ugh and this is amazing too.. (this article is giving me goosebumps)
    "He said: If you make a fat person thin, you are sentencing them to a lifetime of hunger.

    This depends on your definition of hunger. Eating is not a purely rational, biological act. I can give you a diet that will keep you full all day and make you lose weight, but it won’t be very entertaining: it will be mainly made up of watery vegetables like cabbage and celery, egg whites and very lean meat. The pain of abstinence, of unmet desire, is something quite separate from the pain of an empty stomach. The pleasures of eating are complex and multifaceted. In our society, consumption is a form of entertainment and pleasure. Eating is part of this: from the theatre of a meal at a fine-dining establishment to a bag of chips augmenting the television-viewing experience. Most people do not overeat because of a feeling of hunger emanating from the stomach; they are giving in to a desire to consume – they are seeking pleasure or relief, or hoping to fill a void."
     

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