January 11, 2007, - 2:25 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
With all of the hypersensitivity of the Politically Correct crowd over thin models, you have to wonder:
Where were they for Twiggy?
These PC whiners constantly complain that thin models are inspiring their daughters to become anorexic, but the numbers don’t bear that out. It’s really a non-issue that has been trumped up into one. America is not experiencing an epidemic of uber-thin girls dying.
America’s biggest weight problem is the increasing waistline, not the decreasing one. There used to be a time when a fat slob like Rosie O’Donnell would never be chosen to host a show. It’s bad TV, and it’s bad inspiration for girls. It tells them that it’s okay if they’re fat slobs, too, because they, too, can get a multi-million dollar national hosting gig even though they pig out ad infinitum and don’t exercise.
We’re supposed to consider chubby girls and zaftig women pushed on us in a Dove campaign of “Real Women” to be glamorous. Sorry. They ain’t. I don’t aspire (or is that, de-spire) to look like them.
Sure, some complain that it’s their “glands” or heredity that make them fat, and they can’t help it. Uh-huh. I used to ask them why no-one in China or Japan (except Sumo wrestlers) have those glands. Well, now, apparently, they’re getting the glands there, too. Earlier this week, USA Today’s front page bore a story on how Chinese kids are getting fat now that their diet is getting Americanized, and they’re not exercising. Glands, schmands. It has nothing to do with it.
Then there’s the startling figure in the 21st annual “Eating Patterns in America” produced by the research firm NPD Group. The percentage of adults in America who are dieting in the smallest in at least 16 years–only 26% of women and 19% of men are watching what they eat.
With that and almost two-thirds of Americans obese, it hardly seems that the “ultra-thin” models are making a dent. Too bad for that.
That said, I don’t support what they just implemented in the People’s Republic of Canuckland. On January 1st, Canada started a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, where government reimburses parents $80 per child annually for money spent on fitness and sports activities (mostly soccer). It’s a small amount, but government shouldn’t be getting into the health biz more than it is already. It’s a combination of Big Brother and the Nanny State that could ultimately lead to government monitoring what you eat and other lifestyle matters it should stay out of.
I’m no supporter of the ACLU. But this short phone call to the pizza shop could be in our future. And we don’t want that.
When you reorganize the letters of “Nanny State,” you get “Neat and Nasty.” Emphasis on Nasty.
Either way, intervening on thin models’ right to be thin (if they die of starvation and are too dumb to eat enough to survive, it was natural selection) or fat people’s right to be large and not in charge, is a nasty business that the state should be proscribed from.
So lay off the thin models. Your country is dying from eating too much food, not seeing models who eat too little of it.
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