October 19, 2009

Fatuous fattitude

As light relief from Brown claiming carbon dioxide is the big pusher of climate change, and Balls subverting democracy (see below), feast your eyes on a BBC report of a campaign advocating that attacking someone for being fat should be a hate crime. Evidently "they want so-called "fat-ism" to be made illegal on the same grounds as race, age and religious discrimination".

In San Francisco, a ridiculous law is said to stop doctors pressing patients to slim down - even though we know obesity (however defined) is bad for your health. According to a SF lawyer, "the San Francisco ordinance says you may want to mention weight to the patient but if the patient says they do not want to talk about that then you are asked to respect those wishes".

The campaigners say surveys show 93% of employers would rather employ a thin person than a fat one even if they are equally qualified. You bet. The thinner one's likely to be healthier. (Fat people do get jobs, of course ... look at the FSA spokesperson on The Daily Politics today.)
Kathryn Szrodecki, who campaigns on behalf of overweight people, said that in the UK fat people were stared at, pointed at, talked about and attacked.

She said: "I have been discriminated against - I am a YMCA qualified fitness instructor, but I have gone for jobs and been laughed off the premises."

Another campaigner, Marsha Coupe, said: "I have been punched, I have had beer thrown in my face, I have had people attack me on the train.

"They say 'Move out of the way fatty! Well person coming down the aisle!'"

Ms Szrodecki said: "This is a very common event - someone being beaten up should be a crime.
Good news! - it is.

Dr Ian Campbell of the charity Weight Concern joins the trip to absurdity:
People in inner cities are much more likely to be overweight because of poorer education, poorer housing and poorer job opportunities.

Not everyone has a free choice about controlling their weight.
Everyone has a choice within their body's parameters. They have little choice about being short or dim ... but doctors' advice recognises that most of their patients probably could lose some weight.

The line about the inner cities is confusing - is Campbell claiming that inner city dwellers have less choice about regulating their weight than those in the suburbs or in villages? News about the benefits of exercise and five a day has probably penetrated even unto the inner city. Sounds like another piece of special pleading.

The information is out there, it's easily assimilable in bite size chunks if you have the appetite to listen.

People have to take responsibility for themselves. Time for a deaf ear.

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