Big Fat Deal already picked up on the new “theory” that obesity is contagious. What an outrageous piece of utter crap. While most of the time I’m on the fence about fat activism (i.e. I pick my battles carefully) because I do feel my own condition is a result of self-neglect, this particular approach goes way too far. What this “study” does is promote superstition, and encourages obese people to socially reject one another – because we’ll all just magically get skinny if we have no emotional support whatsoever, right? (For the dense researchers that read this, I’m being sarcastic, and if you contributed to this, you’re on my list. My list is not a good place to be.)
A direct quote:
Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of charity Weight Concern, said it was no surprise that people who are obese tended to be friends with others who were obese, but that the fact that the link was more important between friends than siblings was “very interesting”.
What this fails to take into account is that obese people tend to suffer social rejection. They compensate by seeking out those like themselves, because it reduces the rate of rejection. I swear, Dr. Gupta from CNN is about two steps from releasing a Malleus Malleficarumfor the obese devils of the world. In which case, I’m in twice the trouble!
For an advanced society our news sources sure promote a whole lot of superstition.