The below video comes from the Wisconsin, which I found via the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. News anchor Jennifer Livingston received an email from a viewer who criticized her body weight, saying that she was not a “suitable example for this community’s young people” and made the absurd argument that “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain” (my emphasis).
This is hopefully obvious to our regular readers, but it’s always worth repeating. Like any health condition, obesity is an outcome. Obesity is not a habit or a lifestyle choice. As Dr Sharma has pointed out on many occasions, people don’t wake up one morning and “choose” to be obese. Also worth repeating: weight ≠ health. Much of Peter’s PhD thesis centered on this issue, and he has written about metabolically healthy obesity at length both here and elsewhere. By the same token, not all lean people are healthy.
Jennifer’s video below is absolutely amazing. She eloquently explains how hurtful and senseless these attacks can be, and asks that her viewers reconsider before they casually criticize “the fat news lady” at home, perpetuating the negative views of obesity among their children. Sadly, the man who wrote the initial letter has responded by saying that he “would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept”. I’m sure that’s just what she’s looking for.
Enjoy the video.