If you do nothing else today, please read Bilt4Cmft’s post “Stepping Forward Looking Back” and the comments which follow. It is a great setup and discussion about fat people as ‘obesity folkdevils’ in the current obesity epipanic moral panic in which we find ourselves.
A quote from my favorite comment, by Miriam Heddy:
We see, again and again, statements like:
“Fat people are draining our economic resources.”
“Fat people are contagious.”
“Fat people corrupt the young.”
“Fat people aren’t as smart as thin people.”
“Fat people are lazy.”
These should seem familiar to anyone who’s looked at antisemitism in Europe, or racism in America.
As for whether there’s violence, already, we’re seeing street harassment, job discrimination, a desire to label fat people and mark them as “other,” studies being done at the genetic label (with a hope of “correcting” fat or eliminating it from the gene pool), a focus on how fat people are stealing money (health care) and space (airplanes) from thin people, fat parents having newborn children seized from them by social services (in Dundee Scotland), propoganda films aimed at kids like “”Wall-E and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” that link unchecked fat people and the degredation of the human race, and governmental initiatives aimed at looking at the “problem” of fat people.
I wish I had time to write more thoughts on this. But please, zip over and read the post, if you get a chance!