Okay, I should know this, right? But every so often it hits me again.
The “obesity epidemic” is not, and never has been, about health. It is, and has always been, about a lot of other things (social standing, appearance, bodies being/not being public property, the diet industry), but it has never been about health.
If it was about health, then why are so many people resistant to the truth when it slaps them in the face? Why do so many news outlets only print the “OMG FAT KILLZ!” headlines and leave the “well, you know, if you are fat, you really have a better chance to survive heart attacks and strokes, and hey, you may live longer overall” stories alone? Why did every major and minor news outlet pick up the “The Fatties are causing global warming, the global economic failure, and starvation in third world countries” story when there was no evidence (just some mental masturbation done by statisticians)?
I keep realizing this, and I keep forgetting. Or maybe I just realize it at a deeper level.
It’s not about health. It’s never been about health. It’s been about money (the diet industry wanting more and more of your and my money). It’s been about power (those who are “thin and beautiful” get better paying jobs, and supposedly more power). It’s been about people in general telling other people what they can and can’t do with their own bodies (which also leads back to power — if somebody tells you what to do, and you do it, you’ve given them power over your life and actions).
The thing that gets to me is, if the common knowledge that obesity kills is true, then why are people so upset about it? I mean, if I’m going to die by the time I’m 50, that means less time people will have to look at me and have to deal with me being fat at them. Ultimately, I’ll use less resources for the so-called health crisis because that’s 29 years less of having regular doctor visits and emergency room visits for breaking something or emergency appendicitis or whatever.
Oh, wait, there I go using logic again.