This morning on The View the ladies were discussing America’s obesity problem. This is in light of Coke’s efforts to address the issue. Sherri Sheppard talked about how she was addicted to Diet coke until she learned the side effects of aspertane. Whoopi Goldberg took exception to Sheppard who seemed to be saying Diet coke was actually bad for everyone, and Goldberg countered by saying shouldn’t it be her choice. She also said why should she be responsible for bad choices made by Sheppard, but this seems to be the direction that we are going. We had New York Mayor Bloomberg limit the amount of soda that can be sold by places like gas stations, Bloomberg also instructed the hospitals to lock up baby formula in the city’s efforts to get more mothers to breastfeed. This was a decision formerly left up to the mother, but back to obesity. So if we outlaw all sugary foods will everyone be slim? What happened to self-control? Share your thoughts.
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Is it ok for a doctor to turn a patient away because that patient is obese? A Massachusetts doctor has a policy of not treating any patient over 200 pounds. This is legal, but is it right? Look around you and you will see that this is an obese nation. What would happen if more doctors adopted this policy? Would the obese become slim or would they simply not seek medical attention. Watch the link and share your thoughts.
Is this inspirational or exploitive? Share your thoughts.
Is it fair to take potshots at Chris Christie regarding his Size? check out David Letterman’s clip on the link and share your thoughts.
America is getting fatter everyday. What are we thinking? what are we willing to do to change it? Why is it happening? This 4 part documentary will explore obesity.
Should overweight children be a protected class? ”Saying overweight kids bear the brunt of bullying and harassment at school, an advocacy group wants additional wording included in proposed congressional legislation designed to fight the problem. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is asking lawmakers behind the Safe Schools Improvement Act not to stop at listing race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and other characteristics that could make a child a target of bullying. The group also wants to discourage the targeting of children who are heavier or shorter than their peers. “One in six children are being bullied,” association board member Jason Docherty said. “Eighty-five percent of those bullying cases are children of size or with visible handicaps. So a federal law that does not protect those children is a federal law without teeth.”* So what do you think. Should overweight kids be a protected class?
Gabourey Sidibe is one of four actresses featured on the 25th Anniversay issue of Elle magaine. The other actresses are shown full length but Sidibe is cropped at the waist. The other noticeable thing is Sidibe’s skin is obviously lightened. We know magazine’s re-touch but is this going a little too far? The actress said she has no problem with the cover but tell me what you think. Is this a problem?
Why would you need a seat belt extender? Answer: you’re too fat and what should you do try to lose weight not buy something to accomodate the additional bulk. Our society is a society of contradictions. We vilify overweight people. We make them the butt of jokes and we get away with it. CBS has a new show this fall Molly & Mike if you watch the promos you can see it is a one joke wonder and the joke is they are fat… so let’s laugh at it. So let them buy their seat belt extenders, chairs designed to hold up to 600 pounds and shirts that look like moo moos their fat is the muse someone else who needs to formulate the next sitcom dedicated to insulting the lucrative obese market. Let them eat cake and lots of it.
Michelle Fonville was charged $5 more for service at a nail salon. When she questioned the charge she was told it was because she was overweight. They waived the fee, but told to take her business elsewhere. Is this fair? If the woman was denied service or charged and additional fee because of her color everyone would be up in arms, but in our society if you are fat it is alright to say or do virtually anything. CBS is touting a new fall show Mike and Molly. All the promos show a series of fat jokes. It is acceptable to laugh at fat people, and judging from this video it is also ok to discriminate against them. Tell me what you think.
Today at church I heard an average size little girl call herself “fat”. She was not even slightly overweight but she perceived herself as fat. Her Sunday School teacher walked over to her and said you are not fat and you are beautiful. As I walked away I wondered whether we are driving our kids crazy? Why would this girl think she was fat? She thinks this because we have told her so if not in word in deed. If you have ever watched any of the programs geared toward teens you will find girls being defined by their weight by their friends and their enemies. ABC Family has a new show coming on called HUGE which is about obese teens at a weight loss camp. In the promos the main character refuses to hate herself because she is fat. So is this what we want to promote self-hatred? Yes, this country has a childhood obesity problem, but everyone is not obese and with the right motivation those that are can become healthy, but how much stress are we putting on our children? Are we encouraging our children to try to lose weight quickly or are we trying to promote healthy eating habits? I definitely don’t have the answers. My own daughter has asked me to buy her Slim-Fast. Which I won’t, but I know that I can’t just dismiss her concerns. I know she is not fat but everything around her celebrates the Size 0. As a parent I want to fight childhood obesity, but there has got to be a happy medium between Size 0 and obese, and I will keep looking for it.