The Obesity Myth, by Paul Campos, is a book which talks about how the correlation between weight and health is more tenuous then most people tend to believe. The book relates a lot to what Wann talks about in her “Fat Studies” article because it emphasizes the fact that it is impossible to actually tell a person’s health just by looking at them. In addition, it cites multiple studies that have proven that people in the “overweight” range on the BMI scale actually live the longest, and people considered “underweight” are much less healthy. Still, fat people are judged; people are mean to them, or are even just uncomfortable with them. We live in a culture that shames fat people constantly; they are ridiculed on television shows and in movies, as well as in real life. Even doctors have less respect for overweight patients (Science Daily). What is it about fat people that makes us so uncomfortable? And why is it socially acceptable to treat them like second class citizens?
Campos, Paul. The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health. Gotham Publishers. 2005.
“Physicians Have Less Respect for the Overweight Patients.” Science Daily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022101706.htm