Daniel Williams and Paul Campos have been wearing theirs.
Read their articles in Time and the New Republic here:
Bent Out of Shape
What do you think?
The gist of Campos continues to be to argue against the BMI (which is fine as far as it goes) and say that being “a little overweight is okay” but not reaaaaally fat. It’s popular among men who think their muscles are better than fat. Sadly, even HE can’t bring himself to accurately reveal what Flegal’s study and others have found. The dangers of “obesity” have been greatly exagerrated.
The other piece is better, except it’s a year old and lost among current articles.
It would be great is there were more authors actually advocating for fat people and against all of this hysteria.
I don’t see Campos saying anything about it being bad to be “reaaally fat.” Nor is he saying that being “a little overweight is okay.” He’s saying that being so-called “overweight” is healthier than being so-called “normal,” but even that is not the point of the article; the point is that the Harvard researchers are being deliberately misleading. An article that shows BMI and “fat is unhealthy” research as being unscientific bullshit is an article that’s okay by me.
Also, I really don’t think you can accuse Paul Campos of being shy about promoting Flegal’s study. Limited by space and/or editors in TNR? Sure, maybe. Obfuscating the findings on purpose? Not so freakin’ much.
Also, woo hoo for that Williams article!
When have you ever heard him say that being obese isn’t unhealthy or that Flegal actually found that the lowest mortalities among nonsmokers was in the obese range, not just slightly overweight? Nowhere did I say he wasn’t promoting Flegal’s study, just that he is not reporting it accurately. To come out and say that it’s okay to be obese and that obese can be and are every bit as healthy as thin or “normal” weight people, and that there is NO difference in how fat and thin eat or live takes guts. All I am saying is that the fat community and all people need, deserve and should get behind advocates giving them the full truth and not just what is more politically acceptable.
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