Dear Nancy, Harry, & Barack:
I have an idea about taxing sugary things to raise money so your health care plan can kill my parents, and eventually moi. Why not do a 100% tax on sweetened iced tea! I am sick and tired of ordering unsweetened tea and having it come out sweetened. It is nasty. It is grotesque, and should be outlawed. Tax it into oblivion!
breath, count to ten, okay, I feel much better now.
Seriously, I don’t think taxing soda, junk food, and fast food is that bad an idea. (I allow myself 1 soda a week), don’t eat junk food (too expensive and I’m deathly allergic to anything from sunflowers) and avoid fast food like the plague. Go ahead. It is not a nice thing to say, but some of the people who do use these products aren’t exactly on the to do list to wring money out of them to reallocate the wealth of the nation. Go ahead, make my day. Hit ’em!
“…Physicians and other health care professionals often advise fat patients to lose weight no matter what their medical condition, whereas a thin person with the same condition would be given medicine or other medical treatment. Hospitals and other health care facilities and equipment (such as cat scans and MRIs) are often inaccessible to large people.
Large people are systematically denied health insurance and life insurance, or they are forced to pay higher premiums than those of average weight….”
Several weeks ago I was shopping (for shoes, okay, I’ll admit it. I have a shoe monkey on my back, now get off my case about it) at Dillards in Tucson. That specific Dillards has an incredible shoe department. While I was strolling, looking at two adorable pair of Coach pinks (yes, I bought them), this little girl, maybe 8 years old or so looked at me and pointed.
“Look, Mommy, that lady is so fat. I don’t like her.”
The mother, “I know. She is grotesque and should not be here shopping. Just ignore her and she will go away.”
I glared at the mother and just stood there, looking at shoes. What else could I do?
As things stand now, being fat in America is worse than being a pedophile. It is worse than being conservative. It is worse than abusing small animals. When allegedly rational people like Dr. Laura treat people like moi as if we are sub-human, then we have a serious problem that is only going to get worse.
We now live in a country where it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do or who you hurt as long as you are cute and thin.
Not everyone who is overweight is a diabetic.
Not everyone who is overweight has a heart problem.
Not everyone who is overweight gets cancer.
There are silly little things like genes that get in the way.
Did you hear the one about the very talented young mother and musician who died due to a weight issue? (She starved herself to death).
This afternoon I had the misfortune to listen to Dr. Laura’s opening monologue. The respect I once had for this reasonable woman is gone forever. She, like so many obsessively and dangerously thin women hates any of us who aren’t her size. We are the dirt below the pond scum, worthless, brainless, and completely without feelings.
If we are targeting different groups of people for whom health care is to be denied and rationed, what about people who are divorced. They have a real health problem. Golly, maybe we should out-law divorce.
“…Forty-two percent of first, second and third grade girls want to lose weight. Collins, M. “Body figure perception and preferences among preadolescent children.” International Journal of Eating Disorders 10 (1991), pp 199-208.
Forty-five percent of boys and girls in grades three through six want to be thinner. Thirty-seven percent have already dieted; seven percent score in the eating disorder range on a test of children’s eating habits. Maloney, MJ, McGuire, J. Daniels, Sr., and Specker, B. “Dieting behavior and eating attitudes in children,” Pediatrics 84 (1989) pp 482-487.
Forty-six percent of nine- to eleven-year-olds said they were sometimes or very often on diets. Gustafson-Larson, A. M., and Terry, R. D., “Weight-related behaviors and concerns of fourth grade children.” Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc. 92 (7)(1992), pp 818-822.
During puberty, most girls’ bodies need to gain, on average, ten inches and forty to fifty pounds, including more body fat. Friedman, Sandra Susan. When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence. Firefly Books, 2000.
Females need seventeen percent body fat in order to menstruate for the first time and twenty-two percent to have regular cycles. Cooke, Kaz. Real Gorgeous: The Truth About Body and Beauty. Norton, 1996.
Seventy percent of normal weight girls in high school feel fat and are on a diet. Ferron, C. “Body Image in adolescence in cross-cultural research” Adolescence 32 (1997), pp. 735-745.
Over half of the females studied between ages eighteen and twenty-five would prefer to be run over by a truck than to be fat, and two-thirds would choose to be mean or stupid rather than fat. Gaesser, Glenn A., PhD. Big Fat Lies: The truth about your weight and your health. Gurze Books, 2001.
A survey of college students found that they would prefer to marry an embezzler, drug user, shoplifter, or blind person than someone who is fat. Gaesser, Glenn A., PhD. Big Fat Lies: The truth about your weight and your health. Gurze Books, 2001.
Up to thirty-five percent of normal dieters will progress to pathological dieting and, of those, twenty to twenty-five percent will progress to partial or full-blown eating disorders. Shisslak, C.M., Crago, M., and Estes, L.S., “The spectrum of eating disturbances,” Intl Journal of Eating Disorders 18 (3) (1995) pp. 209-219.
The death rate for eating disorders is five to twenty percent. American Psychiatric Association, “Practice Guidelines for Eating Disorders.” American Journal of Psychiatry, 150(2) (1993) pp. 212-228.
Americans spend fifty billion dollars annually on diet products. Garner, David W., PhD, and Wooley, Susan C., PhD. “Confronting the Failure of Behavioral and Dietary Treatments for Obesity,” Clinical Psychological Review 11 (1991), pp. 729-780.
Fifty billion dollars is more than the GNP (Gross National Product) of more than half of all the nations in the world, including the entire country of Ireland….”