“What’s Wrong with Fat?” by Abigail C. Saguy

Those of you following me on Twitter (@weightdebate) may remember that I tweeted some quotes & thoughts on Professor Saguy’s book a few months ago. At the recent 2014 International Weight Stigma Conference I noted copies of “What’s Wrong with Fat?” on sale – good.

For those of us wanting a better understanding of the implications of the term ‘Fat’ this book deserves a warm welcome.

…continue reading “What’s Wrong with Fat?” by Abigail C. Saguy

Shame. Having fat friends makes you greedy.

 

The word Shame is mine, the ‘Having fat friends makes you greedy” was the Daily Express’s ‘catchy’ little headline.

Why?

“Sitting next to overweight people makes you more likely to gorge on unhealthy food.” – Daily Express.

A small scale study, published in the peer reviewed science journal Appetite looked at how a group of 82 college students were influenced by the presence of a fat-suited actress near them at the buffet (as in this photo from the film”Shallow Hal”.)

The results suggest that we eat more, and not necessarily more healthily, when we observe a fat person.

“Professor Mitsuru Shimizu of Southern Illinois University in the US said the findings showed the ‘larger your friends, the larger your appetite’ because the body type of a dining partner, or those nearby, influence choice.”

However:

  1. There were only two food choices: salad or pasta – and when did pasta become ‘bad’ if you eat a bit more of it?
  2. Who is going to ‘gorge’ on salad?
  3. Was it raining? Cold? I know what I and most people would eat, especially in this English climate…..
  4. Only young college students participated in this study. Results could have been very different, again, with older adults, children and other cultures.
  5. Any vegetarians? They wouldn’t eat meat sauce…

In addition, the research team claim that more pasta was eaten by the study participants “because the health commitment goal was less activated”. In Plain English, we don’t care quite as much when we are with fat people, the implication …continue reading Shame. Having fat friends makes you greedy.