Obesonomics. April 24, 2008Posted by phledge in fat, yellow bile.
I made up a word. That’s a great way to end the day. 🙂
I was contemplating the convergence of fat and socioeconomic status and I think I realize, at least in my own mind, why the “good fatty” might be given a reluctant stamp of approval in the patriarchal paradigm, whereas the “bad fatty” is, by this paradigm, left out to dry.* In the United States it is difficult if damn near impossible to be a poor good fatty. In order to achieve the goals set out by a pseudoscientific medical community that itself does not have consensus on what, actually, constitutes “healthy lifestyle” (Atkins bad, Ornish good? NutriSystem bad, South Beach good? To butter or to margarine? What do we do with artificial sweeteners? Oh our heads!), one generally has to have the agency to exercise daily and eat fresh foods. If you can afford a gym membership and a weekly excursion to Whole Foods, you end up higher on the spectrum of “taking care of one’s self” than, say, someone who is lucky to spend five whole resting minutes to themselves before going from one labor-intensive minimum wage no benefits job to the next, lucky to be able to eat a spicy chicken sandwich off the dollar menu at any number of fast food restaurants across this fine land. And I wonder if, in countries where fat is not condemned the way it is in America, the wealth is what’s attractive, the ability to stave off famine with both adipose and financial stores evidenced by an ample body. So I’m fishing: anyone live in, or know of, countries where fat is not a death sentence? Does my theory pan out? ie, are those countries existing under the spectre of starvation for the less fortunate? I know this is a sweeping generalization of Herculean proportions, but I’m seeing a lot of rich thin and fat poor, and wondering if teh fatz is not to blame for teh hatez. (Well, I don’t think it should be the source of so much anger and judgment anyway, but I, I’m a tad biased.)
*Sorry I forgot this in the original publication: I think the good/bad fatty dichotomy is horseshit. Bears repeating.