The Immorality of Thinness
Came across this at Savage Minds, and it bears repeating. According to a link oneman provides, being thin is less healthy than being overweight. Losing weight actually increases your chance of death. As a result, the weight debate is purely moral. Take that, Oprah and Dr. Phil!
Now, my skinny reader, don't feel threatened--these conclusions are merely scientific and technical... But, as Oneman continues,
"The thinness of American elites, then, may not be so much a matter of being better able to afford to be healthier, but rather the reverse—being more able to afford being less healthy. Poor health as conspicuous consumption of the self. It will be interesting to see, as our conception of the ideal physical form is challenged by the weight of accumulating research, how and if obesity comes to be regarded as a norm rather than a deviation. In a society where the norm is already at odds with its own conception of normality--well over half of us are clinically overweight--it is hard to imagine that a continued belief in the immorality of fat is sustainable."