The Angriest Trainer Podcast number 149 is now online, which may not be the best introduction for some of my more reserved or conservative readers…. The opening seven minutes or so with new character Racist Paula Deen is not just a sharp parody of the queen of deep fried sugar, the material gets pretty blue pretty fast. Like, Cinemax on Friday night. So seriously, be forewarned, if you just want to hear my interview and skip the NC-17 stuff, skip ahead to 8:17. (I’m not exaggerating. Sex toy jokes etc…. you’ve been warned. I don’t need cards and letters.)
So, now that I’ve reviewed the long, confused, post I last made about the AMA and obesity as a disease, I tried to find the silver lining in this cloud, amd I dn’t know how well I did. I had a long talk with Vinnie on the podcast, and I do invite you to listen to it.
my intention is to try to be optimistic, but deal with the reality too. That’s how I do grief work. I can’t stand the game show host approach to suffering that too many of my colleagues seem to think people want. I cry when it’s time to cry, I laugh when it’s time to laugh. I value honesty in all things.
That’s why I am trying to see the disease classification in the best light, and hold it up as a way to say OBESITY is not OK. The problem is, it is really hard for people to not hear this as “obese PEOPLE are not OK.” So on the surface, I can understand the primary stated objectives of outfits like the NAAFA. they call themselves a civil right group, and present their advocacy as equal rights and dignity for all people, regardless of size. OK, with you so far. But then they go further and start to try to throw this new idea out there “healthy at any size.” And this is where I get off the train.
CNN ran this article in the wake of the AMA story. Funny how the AMA is making enemies of people with completely different ideologies. http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/25/opinion/wann-obesity-disease/index.html?hpt=hp_t4
I want to be optimistic, but it’s hard. I need look no further than the situation with diabetes in this country to see the likely trajectory of conversation around obesity: it’s not good. The reliance on drugs, the establishment standards being backwards, the helplessness quotient, it’s all there with diabetes in America today. (I hope it is understood I am talking about type two here, the preventable one.)
I wish I could be more optimistic about the disease language being a chance to delve into deep thought on health, balance, illness, etc…. But why should I be optimistic? This is the same country where Two and a Half Men has millions upon millions of viewers, but Arrested Development was canceled. (Thank you Netflix for the second life.)
For all our talk of education being of great value in the US, we constantly show how much we want life dumbed down for us. Well, I’ve always been one of those arrogant hipster jerks who thinks he’s smarter than everyone in the room, and more clever by at least half. It’s not a trait that has always served me well. But in the war over what to do about obesity, health, and trusting official organizations ike the ADA and the AMA, I am starting to see that this contrarian, arrogant, no-trusting “authority” streak in me is possibly my only chance.
I’ll close with someone I DO trust, who doesn’t go with status quo, and who has a deep concern for this situation. Dr. Peter Attia from his TEDTalk.