June 24, 2004

Well knock me over with a feather

Via Big Fat Blog:

According to a piece by Susanna Rodell in the Tallahassee Democrat, poverty and obesity often accompany one another.

No, really? What's the matter with those fat people? Jeez. Don't they know if they just buy diet books (in bookstores that, according to Rodell, they never ever go to) and pay for personal trainers they can all be thin?

Rodell starts with the obvious and moves on to the offensive. Rich people are all obsessed with dumb fad diets (Atkins, I'm looking in your direction) and poor people are all fat slobs who live in trailer parks and spend all their time at Wal-Mart. She even, God help us, looks wistfully back to the good old days when "poor folks were lean and hard, physically toughened by labor and privation." I can't remember the last time I saw such a collection of fat stereotypes (and really, classist stereotypes as well) in one place outside of a Comedy Central TV show.

As annoyed as I am? Email her.

Posted by Lisa at June 24, 2004 12:23 PM
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