Don’t mean to Offend but your characters appear to be, how shall I put it, large boned?.
Ah, Steve. Keeping it classy there as usual, I see.
If you'd like me to say what I say on Twitter about this place here, I'll certainly do it. It's mainly silly gifs and you probably wouldn't enjoy it much, which is why I vent to my *friends*, who are somewhat less likely to make fat jokes at me, treat me like I'm crazy, and call me a coward.
I was trying, very hard, to keep my points clear and to disagree without this sort of thing. It's something I've always strived for at PA and as I said, I've commented here for nearly ten years. If you consider how I've been treated in this thread appropriate, Russell, then, I dunno. Thanks a lot, I guess?
we regularly seem to get a couple of pages of “but you said on Yabber”, “she started it with what she said on Fugwob”
I'm certainly not interested in that either, for the record, WHICH IS WHY I DON'T LINK MY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HERE.
Both Russell and Deborah follow me on Twitter, and are friends with me on Facebook. I’m happy for them to see anything I post on social media regarding this thread.
I’m not interested in interacting with you at all in future, Sacha, as I find you unnecessarily cruel.
PS My Twitter profile isn't linked here for a reason. Could you not link the two, please? I have been threatened on Twitter before and it was frightening.
Yeah, once we get to the stage where you're gaslighting me for disagreeing with you, there aren't too many other places to go.
I've been a member of this community for nearly ten years. If you really think so little of me that you assume I'm just having goes at people thanks to my irrational/emotional nature, I don't feel particularly comfortable here.
Also: nice try, linger. ;)
But I honestly was worried you’d have a go at me.
Don't get me wrong, it's good to get the full "bitch be crazy" treatment sometimes. Just so I can be reminded of where I stand.
I’d be surprised if they could account for the strong association with Alzheimer’s.
PS My health professional friend notes that there is an association between Alzheimer's and depression: "an odds ratio of 2.0 for depression occurring more than 10 years before the onset of dementia symptoms".
I was concerned that you’d respond by accusing me of saying “Fat people are stupid,” so I’m happy (well, relieved) with this response.
I really resent this implication that you think I'm so unreasonable that I'm incapable of reading comprehension. Is there anything in my posts in this thread to imply such a thing? Considering that my SOLE POINT in this thread is asking people to think very carefully about how they think and speak about fat people? Asking for people not to exaggerate their woeful predictions, because those exaggerations are harmful? Asking people to care more deeply for children's mental wellbeing, so that their physical wellbeing can be improved? I mean, hold the fuck up. You're giving me shit for my own COMPASSION?
At the end a member of the audience (middle aged white male) asked why we don’t just tax fat people.
Oh yeah, that's quite a common refrain. I'm waiting for my inevitable hospital surcharge. "Reasonable" people would probably agree that the consumer needs to pay, right?
Cognitive Impairment: A Hidden Consequence of the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
A health professional who similarly feels unsafe posting here read the original research papers you're talking about in this post and notes that poor cognition is linked to depression and poor emotional wellbeing, which is intrinsically connected to "obesity", which is really the entire point of the research. Obesity doesn't make you stupid, but because the obese are being treated as a doomed social blight instead of people, they are depressed and their cognition is therefore poorer.
The thing is, Bart, we don't need "hard words", because we get them every single day. There is a more-than-zero chance I will be yelled at on the street for exercising. There is a more-than-zero chance I will be minding my own damn business and have someone shout abuse at me in public. There is a more-than-zero chance that people will think I am stupid or lazy and not be able to hide it from me. And I'm a middle class person with plenty of money and two postgraduate degrees. Imagine if you're a poor, brown woman. It's like handing someone a shit sandwich to have a bunch of "reasonable" people talk about how fat people are all doomed to terrible blighted lives and wave a sugar tax around as if it solves a damn thing.
(And forget class issues - I haven't even STARTED to talk about the feminist implications of this.)