‘Fat hatred’ should be banned
Stuff.co.nz 11 July 2012Smartphones to get police on the beat Crushed boyracer car to help teach safety Couple charged with ill-treating newborn Need for ‘new direction’ behind moves at Te Papa Wellington dog owners plead guilty Gales on the way for weekend Ostrich egg hurled at wife over pig Singers shrug off sickness to win “Fat hatred” should be banned like racism or sexism, says a pro-fat scholar who argues that obesity isn’t a health problem. Massey University lecturer Cat Pause says “the war against fat” and “fat phobia” were much more damaging than carrying a few extra kilos or, in her case, a lot. “Obesity is not a big health problem. If you really look at the science, that is what comes through.” Her claims fly in the face of an obesity epidemic taking hold of the Western World. Governments are fighting health budget blowouts, hospitals are buying bigger beds and equipment, and airlines are charging travellers for their overflowing flab. In New Zealand – the world’s third-fattest nation – more than a quarter of the population are classed as obese. But Dr Pause, who has a PhD in human development, says it is “fattism” that should be feared, not expanding waistlines.
Mum calls for an end to ‘thinism’
Stuff.co.nz 11July 2012 Miranda Johnson is still traumatised by childhood bullying that saw her dubbed ”chicken legs” by a teacher. As a St Martins School pupil in Christchurch she was teased by teachers and peers for being thin. Now the 25-year-old, size-6 mother of one, standing 1.67 metres and weighing 44 kilograms, is too self-conscious to go swimming. ”I love swimming, but I hate getting into the pool in the daylight because people stare at me and I hear them whispering,” she said. ”I like going to the Tekapo hot pools because in the dark nobody can see me.” Johnson, an interior design student juggling her correspondence study with the care of 2-year-old daughter Xanthe, said even as an adult she was hassled about her weight.