I was inspired. February 25, 2008Posted by phledge in fat, yellow bile.
So, bigliberty put up a post about the presidential candidates and their position on fat discrimination. I was going to comment but HEY I have a blog now too! So I am a Barack Obama supporter and I decided to up and write him a little letter on his website. Who knows if it will be read, but it made me feel better. This is what I wrote:
Dear Senator Obama, I have thus far strongly supported your campaign, as has my whole family, and I have donated more to you than I have ever donated to any other political figure. I believe in you and your vision for a better America. Please understand that your campaign means more to me than any other presidential race I have been privileged to observe.
It is because I so highly respect your commitment to Americans that I am deeply saddened to hear about your ignorance regarding what is called the “obesity crisis” in the United States and even globally. What you are reading about in the newspapers and hearing on television is at best a misunderstanding and at worst a lie. There are many motivations for misinterpreting the true science and most of them are at the core of that against which you purport to stand: political and financial interest groups making up crises so their coffers will fill. The diet, pharmaceutical, and bariatric surgical industries all profit wildly from confabulated epidemics and inflated death rates, while the true evidence for intervening in patients’ weight status is, no pun intended, slim at best. Were you aware that fully 90 to 95% of people who lose more than 30 pounds of their adult body weight regain all of it–and sometimes more–within five years? Were you aware that the lowest mortality rates are not in the “normal” BMI range, but in the “overweight” category? Did you know that obesity has a genetic preponderance of almost 77%, second only to height? All of this information can be found on websites like http://kateharding.net or http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com, as well as in books like “Rethinking Thin” by Gina Kolata, or “The Diet Myth” by Paul Campos. I encourage you to explore this evidence and evaluate for yourself whether this “obesity crisis” is something on which you want to stake your reputation as someone who chooses to be informed and compassionate to all people. Please do not underestimate how important this is to people of all sizes; fat discrimination is the last socially acceptable bastion of hatred in this country and your administration would do well to extinguish it.
I signed with my full name and declaration that I am a second-year medical student. Whomever you support, check out bigliberty’s post–she’ll show you that the top three in the running are not our friends here in the fatosphere. I encourage everyone to take their fave to task. You can use my letter if you like! (And if not, well, that’s why I’m me and you’re you. Isn’t diversity the shit?)