December 3, 2015

FITNESS, NOT FATNESS:

Fat-shaming works. Why else would I heave myself up and down hills for hours every day? (Rod Liddle, 5 December 2015, The Spectator)

I work hard to stay well below 14 stone -- ten miles a day walking up and down hills, heaving with exertion, all so that I am not 'fat-shamed' by the generally lithe smug-monkeys of the south-east, who are also much richer than I am. How they keep so thin and affluent is a mystery to me, because I almost never see them out exercising when I'm panting like a recently gassed badger, the dog yapping at me to keep up. Perhaps their thinness is genetic, much as is their money. But whatever, 'fat-shaming' has become a sort of pastime or form of political activism in this region, and especially in London. There is a social media community called Overweight Haters Ltd, which has taken to handing out printed cards to morbidly obese people on public transport. One fat woman 'tweeted' her displeasure at being handed one: 'It's really not glandular -- it's your gluttony,' the card informed her, with a mixture of glee and disgust. 'You are a fat, ugly human.' The card listed the reasons why being overweight was essentially sociopathic (which of course it is): 'We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves,' and stuff about how much fat people cost the beleaguered NHS.

When I first read this, I must admit I was in two minds. I suspect colloquial fat-shaming is more useful than any number of asinine government or third-sector programmes designed to combat obesity without making lard-mountains feel bad about themselves. 



Posted by at December 3, 2015 6:40 PM

  

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