I guess there’s no situation left too sacred for trumpeting a before-and-after weight loss success story.
Not even when reporting on a suspected suicide.
The first few lines from HeraldTribune.com:
The family of a Winter Haven woman who apparently fell from a cruise ship issued a statement Monday saying they fear she took her own life.
And the last paragraph:
Raymond Seitz searched for his wife, the statement said, but could not locate her, so he and his mother-in-law notified ship security about 3:30 a.m. that she was missing.
The couple met in a weight-loss support group. Both had undergone bariatric surgery. She chronicled her weight loss journey for an Orlando TV station and for some time kept an online journal of her battle to lose weight and keep it off.
At one undated point in the journal, she said she was down to a size 10 from a size 28.
At the Garden Grove Oaks, Seitz’s neighbors in the well-kept mobile home park were hopeful she is alive.
The weight loss success story is tacked on the end, going into strange detail for a story about a suspected suicide. It’s at best an attempt to grope for a motive, and at worst a suggestion that her great life success had been getting “down to a size 10 from a size 28.” Wouldn’t that be something to have on your tombstone, eh? At any rate, it’s an illustration of how weight- and size-obsessed the mainstream media, and by extension, our culture, is.
Many of the stories I’ve read about this mentions her weight loss in some way. And the sadly ironic part of the story? Even if her self-hatred is what killed her, it’s the very mainstream media reporting her suicide that promotes the thin and fit ideology that makes someone of a larger size automatically a lesser kind of person.
From WESH Florida 2 News:
On the Web site obesityhelp.com, Seitz had dozens of entries.
One reads: “Had a minor breakdown this afternoon after taking a shower and realizing how scarred and gross my body looks right now.
From the Associated Press:
The couple met in a weight loss support group; both had undergone bariatric surgery. She chronicled her weight loss journey for an Orlando TV station.
She was also a freelance writer, having written articles for The Tampa Tribune, The Ledger in Lakeland, and an online article titled, “Battling the Bulge Onboard,” about how not to gain weight while aboard a ship.
There are many, many more.