We are 'celebrating' the one year anniversary of the "fat buddying" website Fathappens.com. The site is connected to Anne Diamond, a UK television 'personality' who had bariatric surgery prior to participating in a celebrity weight loss television series - a surgery she failed to disclose beforehand. (I guess this makes her the British Star Jones.)
The quotations below are from my visits to the site in July and October 2006. I disguised myself as a whiny fat person to sneak in, and I fit in perfectly. On the news page I found:
"Here we look at the news of the day - how it affects us and, as importantly, does it help perceptions that fathappens? Or does it just reinforce the prejudice that fathappening is your fault?"
The spammer who alerted the newsgroups to the website, Tony F., posted two stories in this forum - one on a drug and one on bariatric surgery for teenagers.
Moving on, the site's diet 'expert' shares this news flash with us in her response to a frantic letter complaining of mean-spirited siblings:
"Let's get this straight - and this is where I feel a lot of campaigning is needed - it is not your fault. If you could do something about it, you would. The only people who say that you can change everything simply through diet and exercise has never been fat themselves and has never had much of an eating problem."
Oh really? Moving on, we read:
"... you live in a world which is making it impossible for you to cure yourself."
"Diets - are we by now agreed that they don't work?"
"...we're not living in our parents' world. Once upon a time, we all shopped for groceries at the corner shop and bought our meat from the butchers down the road. Now food is a marketed commodity. It's all brand names and additives.... It's not surprising some of us face an uphill battle to keep our weight down, and more still suffer from obesity."
There's more, if you have the stomach for it:
"It's a cop out to say that everyone must take personal responsibility. That's what they said about smoking 50 years ago. Obesity sufferers need more compassionate and practical help than JUST being told to diet and do more exercise."
The author of the above 'logic', Anne Diamond, goes on to suggest the government ban certain foods to protect fat people.
In another letter, Ms. Diamond plays agony aunt:
"Gosh Fran, you have bought into the idea that being fat is your
fault...It's not your fault - but it is your burden."
It appears Ms. Diamond has swallowed the entire set of fat lobby arguments whole hog,
so to speak. In fact, all Ms. Diamond does at her website is stress that:
1. Fat people are victims of:
B. The food industry
D. Their relations.
E. All of the above.
2. Fat people can cure their obesity with:
1. Some medical miracle of the future.
4. All of the above
"Fran" should have been advised to try eating less and better, and
exercising. It works.