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26 July 2007 @ 08:57 am
Attack of the Obese! (dun dun DUUUHHHHH!)  
Run! Run, skinny people! Before we infect you like the ravaging, shambling, hungry horde that we are! Save yourselves before you catch the FAT! (insert B-movie shrieking here)

Seriously. They're suggesting that being obese is contagious. When you associated with fat people, you get the idea that it's okay to have a larger body type. You think I'm joking? The study's author, Prof. Nicholas Christakis, explains it in the following quote from the article:

"What appears to be happening is that a person becoming obese most likely causes a change of norms about what counts as an appropriate body size. People come to think that it is OK to be bigger since those around them are bigger, and this sensibility spreads."

There you go. Fat people are making other people fat by association. Oh, but the silver lining to the cloud? They can probably come up with a way so that fat people with skinny friends can be convinced that it's NOT OKAY for us to be fat! The skinny people can be like T-cells fighting our hideous disease!

(growling) I don't know for certain that the authors of this study feel this way. I'm looking ahead to how the lay person is going to hear it, at this biased misinterpretation of the data from this one lone study. Wait for it. It's coming. Forget World War Z, it's not the necropocalypse you have to worry about, oh no. It's not that we're going to eat your brains, we're just going to eat all your food until you, too, waddle your ass to Old Country Buffet to dine unceasingly. Join us... joooiiinnnn usssss... one of us, one of us...
Current Mood: cynical
nata5 on July 26th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Something I saw on TV yesterday was that fat friends make you fat too. They stated that if you had a freind that was fat then you would likly be at 70-something % more likly to get fat. Now if that was a close friend you would be 117-something % more likly to get fat. Also that fat couples feed into each other in the same way. If your partner is fat, you will one day be fat too.

Seems that there is a new push for everyone to get thin again. Guess we should all get on Alli and put on our dark pants before we upset the corparate machine anymore.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 26th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh gods, yes. It's surely much better to force our bodies into a shape they don't naturally achieve by dumping in chemicals that alter how we process food and that conveniently make our bowels gush like pharmaceutical company waste pipes into nearby streams and rivers. You know, constantly and darkly.
ravenskye8: Meravenskye8 on July 26th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)

I know that families tend to share body types - because - duh - eating habits are inherited and also enforced in families...



Just one more reason that the world can continue to stigmatize people based on weight and blame those actions on the victims themselves...
Kitsune: cerval snarlkitsunegeek on July 26th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Now see, if fat was contagious... I could have "caught" some from any number of my friends who offered it to me while I was having quite the opposite health problem. But no, I couldn't seem to "catch fat". No matter how many people I knew with bigger bodies than me, I was stuck with what I had; and had to see several doctors, a nutritionist, and work damn hard to get back to a stable and healthy weight (an unwavering 140 these days, by the way). "Catching it" would have been a whole lot easier...

The way I see it, if that worked, we could set up a mentoring program. Take the poor, brainwashed, emotionally-damaged, anorexics out there and partner them with self-assured, body-positive, big people. Teach them to eat. Teach them to love their bodies the way their bodies are supposed to look. Teach them that strength and health are more important than being a size 2.

But hey, this would be my twisted little world view again...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 26th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
See, my question is, if this is the effect of changing opinions and minds, why aren't we seeing the opposite happening, as well? Why aren't fat people with skinny friends as likely to change THEIR views on body image and work to become skinny? Oooohhh, wait; society's already doing that, right.
Ace Lightning: willi2acelightning on July 26th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
so how come, in 34 years of living with, and cooking for, Ray, i've never caught "skinny" from him?

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 27th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
I notice he hasn't caught Teh Fat from you, either.
Ace Lightning: williacelightning on July 28th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
neither has Alex. and he's at least theoretically got my Evil Fat Genes, as well as being raised under my Horribly Fattening Food Habits. instead, he and Ray have exactly the same build - when you see the two of them standing together, it's obvious from a hundred feet away that they're related.

The Archangel Robriel: Numa Numa Joyarchanglrobriel on July 26th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
As I heard this study I turned to look at Soren, who is still a rail after 16 years of spit swapping close association with me. He must be made of Teflon or something, because all my fat rays just bounce right off him.
The part about this study that most registered on my "DUH"-o-meter was the part where the scientists "discover" that if you have overweight family members, you have a much greater incidence of being overweight yourself.
The news report I watched then tied this study to yetanotherstudy about childhood obesity and how that's on the rise in this country and with that rise, type 2 Diabetes in children is rising and OH NOO what shall we do sorts of hand wringing.
At the end of these segments the exhortation was that everyone with fat friends or fat children or fat family -really- need to eat a diet low in fat and sugar with a lot of vegetables and whole grains. And exercise more.

No real news here, or even suggestions on how to accomplish that in a society which in no way facilitates eating more healthfully. No mention of how you can eat a diet low in fat and sugar with lots of veggies and whole grains AND exercise a lot and STILL be fat.
Just a whole lot of "Eeeeeeeeeeee! SHUN the nonbelievers! Fat is CONTAAAAAGIOUS!" stupidness.

"Just try it! The first donut is free, Jeanine..we're all doing it!" - Dialogue from a future After School Special I'm sure someone is writing even as we type this.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 26th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Now see, I was wondering for a moment if you were referencing an unfamiliar line from the works of the oh-Goddess-yes sexy Janeane Garofalo.

I was all, "Oh shit, have I missed new material? OMGWTFBBQ?!" And you were like, "OMG STFU kthnx no I can has creative new line keep reading whole thing plzdie!" And I was all, "lol i r n00b."

I die a little inside, every time I write things like that.
L Alouisadkins on July 26th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Look to the light, n00b, the priest just drank his last H20 and he's only gonna rez you one more time. Lrn2Snark, heh. *grin*
Sorciasorcia on July 27th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
"I die a little inside, every time I write things like that."

...only because my evil plans are working...