[lit-ideas] Re: Fat Is An American Imperialist Issue

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 14:12:11 +0100 (BST)



This line of argument, minus the rhetoric about American imperialism and its
sublimation of race and class conflicts into an obsession with 'obesity', was
stated well by the research shrink Martin Seligman over twenty years ago -
but the voice of reason seems easily drowned out by the voices of the
profitable health and pharmaceutical and 'self-help' industries.

My step-daughter, a med student, even bought this line that seems to have
become part of official medical ideology despite the kind of criticisms 'Fat'
Campos and 'Farty-Pants' Seligman have levelled - she recently tried to
convince me I was DSM "obese", class one afair. Fat chance. 

Although I missed only by a thin margin, anything over a certain average
point quickly puts you in the "obese" category.

Also, as a sideline, without causing too much offence I think we could play a
thin/not-thin guessing game. 

Who would have guessed that I am "not-thin" (though not quite enough to be
"obese" - yet)?

I guess that Robert Paul and Richard Hennige are "thin", and that Andreas and
Geary are "not-thin". Does my intuition deceive me?


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