Everything Phil says is true. And yet it does not change the fact that each
individual fat person has to eat less if they want to be less fat. There is
no contradiction between understanding the social and political context and
stressing individual responsibility, as Claudia outlined so well in her
recent post. This goes for all kinds of addiction. While we are waiting for
capitalism to fall, we also need to deal with the here and now. To the
extent to which we ignore this side of things, and refuse to read what
others write about these aspects, we continue in our glorious isolation.


PS--btw in the United States, at least, obesity is fast approaching a
cultural metaphor for the voracious swallowing up of the world's resources
by Americans. Just as Americans need to give up their SUVs, they need to
give up their Big Macs.

On 7/28/07, Phil Gasper <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The social and political context is provided very nicely in Eric
> Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (which was a best-seller) and to a
> lesser extent in Morgan Spurlock documentary Supersize Me! There is
> also Marion Nestle's more academic Food Politics (which makes the
> simple point that food corporations need to stuff people full of as
> many calories as possible to make more money). Other people on the
> list can probably name a dozen other relatively mainstream books and
> articles that make similar arguments.
> Once you provide the context, of course, its plain where the main
> cause of the problem lies. Slate, on the other hand, thinks we should
> be "blaming and stigmatizing fat people." That's not only morally
> obnoxious, it obviously won't work to solve the problem. But then its
> not intended to, because as long as we have "fat people" around we
> can continue to point the finger at them and divert attention away
> from the underlying causes. Perfect!
> --P.
> At 8:53 AM +0200 7/28/07, Michael Balter wrote:
> >Here is another piece from Slate, which I also personally find
> >interesting even if it is not written by a leftist and even though I
> >don't agree with all of it (it provides no real social or political
> >context for the obesity epidemic, for example, something that a
> >science for the people might be capable of doing.)


Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
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