Let’s have a conversation about obesity. I will be utilizing my normal conversation tactic of talking at you a lot in a medium where you can’t really respond, but you know how to get ahold of me.
Editor and technical human being Shane sent this to me. I guess your creepy uncle has figured out how to cure the obesity epidemic. It’s a pretty intricate and well thought out plan that involves publicly shaming fat people until they are skinny. I would expect a theory no less comprehensive from a man who is in charge of something called a “think tank.”
Social bullying and public shame have a proven track record of success throughout the history of both playgrounds and locker rooms, and Daniel Callahan is sure that it’s the only way to spurn the quick weight loss needed to save this country from sinking into the ocean under the weight of all the fatties.I want to be clear:
He’s not proposing you have a constructive conversation with your preferred obese about their lifestyle and dietary choices. Mr. Callahan is stating you should insult them, and hurt their feelings, until they feel so bad about themselves they can’t eat. I feel almost fraudulent saying this as a fat person, but you are a chode. I’m don’t think I’m being overly sensitive or a bleeding heart when I say that hurting fat people’s feelings isn’t a healthy route to anything, much less weight loss.
Insulting fat people about being fat leads to this. It damages confidence -- a resource already all too rare in the overweight -- and it destroys their self-esteem, which always, always leads to McDonalds.
The article addresses these points well (better than I am, actually), so feel free to forget the last two paragraphs, but the most amazing thing is that Mr. Callahan seems to be operating under the impression that fat people don’t realize they are fat. Is that possible? That’s so out there ludicrous that it has to be true. Somewhere, in probably Wisconsin, there’s a fat lady on a Rascal in Wal-Mart who doesn’t understand that her dietary decisions up to this point have been poor.
Shit I just wasted my entire blog bitching about this dude and his stupid paper. Look, if you know a fat person, and are interested in them leading a healthier lifestyle, be fucking respectful about it. Richard Simmons used to be a giant dude, but then someone left him a note that said, and I’m paraphrasing here: “I love you, you’re fat and I worry that I won’t be able to love you much longer due to you being dead”.* Now he’s like the fittest man alive. Help a fatty feel more awesome about themselves; don’t be a dick and yell at them about it. Besides you’re just gonna suck at it -- no one is better at making fun of a fat person than themselves.
*I seriously don’t know if this is true, my health teacher in high school told us this story and it made me cry so I really hope it actually happened.