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The current culture of fat hatred hits us where it hurts the most, in our softest, most vulnerable places.
This is a message that isn’t going anywhere any time soon, either, unless we make a concerted effort to get rid of it. Because the billions of dollars we spend trying to keep the ugly and death at bay lines the pockets of people who are highly motivated to keep us believing that there is only one way to be beautiful, and if you don’t fit that myth you will die. Worse, if you don’t meet it, you’re probably killing your children and are definitely causing the rest of society a lot of trouble.
The war on obesity takes our vanity and tells us that it is a matter of life or death. It ties beauty up with civic duty and responsibility. It is so entangled in parental love that many believe it is irresponsible not to crush their children’s self-esteem in the name of keeping them at or helping them reach a ‘healthy’ weight.
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