America’s Body Nazis: Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove

Mandatory weight loss? Forced weight loss? Make fat illegal? Some people would go that far. They’re America’s Body Nazis.

Photo by Donsir.
Copyright 2009 Stella Dean. Used with permission.

In a recent New York Times article, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove told David Leonhardt that if it were up to him, he wouldn’t hire obese people.

In Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, columnist Regina Brett sided with Cosgrove, stating that, like second-hand smoke and drunk driving, “We need to make being obese socially unacceptable”.

The tide of anti-fat hatred is building in the United States. And it both saddens and frightens me.

My generous hips and soft protruding belly mark me as one of the millions of the “socially unacceptable”, fraught with weaknesses that people like Cosgrove and Brett believe need to be thinned out of the population. And in my opinion, that makes them no better than Body Nazis. (Somewhere, Snotty is pleased — I mentioned Nazis!)
Are we pushing thin people to the forefront like some Master Race with “the right stuff” to keep their weight down, while shoving fat people to the fringes in some subtle attempt at eugenics?

Furthermore, if the majority of fat people are compulsive overeaters (as is so widely assumed), and food is used to self-soothe, why is overeating regarded as a far worse coping mechanism than those methods employed by slimmer people? And why are we pretending that slender people don’t have some of the same eating habits as the obese?

I’ve written a new essay, “The Audacity of Cope”, which brings an unflinchingly personal viewpoint into the arena of fat phobia. Where many people ignorantly view fat people as purely hedonistic gluttons, I share the raw realities of why I overeat, and argue for my right to be treated as a whole human being – just like anyone thinner than I.

You can read it today at We Are The Real Deal.

Oh, and if you were hoping to be the first of the predictable “how dare you speak about Jews and Nazis in any context, ever, regardless of how enlightening it could be” commentors — I’m sorry, you’re already too late.

We’ve also got our first official psychopath on the comments board (lovvve them!), chiming in that exterminating fat people is a “good place to start” in creating a better America.

It’s gettin’ fun over there already, so come join the conversation, won’t you?

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