Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

spacedcowedgirl had a great comment on Rachel’s post on the Wii Fit:

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard that sure, eating disorders are a problem, but fat kids are KILLING THEMSELVES (or their parents are killing them) so desperate times call for desperate measures. I would be willing to bet that a majority of Americans would see basically no problem with shaming a fat child, destroying his or her mental health, and possibly triggering an eating disorder, as long as these steps put the kid into the normal BMI range.

What do you think of this? I, for one, agree with her. The culture is getting so toxic with respect to the Obesity EpiPanic Daily Media Scares (some of which include re-releasing panic-mongering press releases from last year) that people are getting hysteric. They would do anything to get their kids into the Arbitrary McMagic! SuperFittingIn “NORMAL” BMI, including putting kids on diets, sending them to boot-camp style fat camps to punish them for being fat and starve and overexercise them into conformity, even though it’s been shown to cause lower weights as well as stunted heights, and mental deficiencies (note: “malnutrition” doesn’t mean they had too little “good” nutrition defined as lean protein, wheat-based everything, fruits & veggies. They’re also talking about a fundamental lack of (gasp!) calories and (double gasp!) fats and (oh, the gasping horrors!) sugars).

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4 comments on “Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

  1. violetyoshi says:

    First, I want to say I’m a Nintendo fan-girl, so my views are biased in their favor.

    I think the problem is that they used the BMI, which we all know is BS. That this should be seen as a result of the inefficency of the BMI scale, NOT the fault of Nintendo.

  2. blablover5 says:

    I still have some issues with how the Wii fit was first advertised. You just saw women using it or in the adds. I remember that it was eve suggested you should get it for your Mom for Mother’s Day.

    Really, you can’t find any other way to get women to play your games than with weight loss?

    And there is nothing worse than a doctor who tells a new mother to put her baby on a diet so it doesn’t get fat.

  3. Your comment about malnutrition just goes to show how scary some of our current beliefs are about a “reasonable” food intake. Restricting calories and fat in growing children especially is really playing with fire. Of course… I’m sure you couldn’t get most people to believe that “preventing obesity” in their kids isn’t the highest possible health goal, or that “fat camps” aren’t “healthy” because everyone knows that all fat and sugar is evil.

  4. violetyoshi says:

    I agree completely. I bought a book called Fat Politics by J. Eric Oliver. He said in regards to Bariatric surgery, that it’s Orwellian that we’re asking people to make themselves diseased, in order to avoid being labeled as diseased by being fat.

    It’s just beyond crazy now. Sandy over at Junkfood Science said that Save The Children now is planning to use their money to tackle the childhood obesity crises, instead of using it to feed malnourished children in other countries and provide medicine to them. WTF?!

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