Enough! Now You’re Prejudiced If You Worried About Gov Christie’s Weight – CNN

Posted on October 8, 2011


Rebecca Puhl, Director of  Research at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale has coolly”observed”  what she termed “media frenzy” over Governor Chris Christie’s weight during the period of his considering a run for President.  She drew a parallel with other types of stereotyping such as  gender and race lending “weight” [pun intended – enjoy] to her thesis.

I anticipated some of the comments on Christie’s body weight that inevitably emerged in the press. I was surprised, however, at just how much his body weight dominated coverage. Even among reputable news organizations and political pundits, few could resist mocking Christie’s “puffed up body,” stereotyping him as undisciplined, or offering the unsolicited advice to “eat a salad and take a walk.”

Rather than his qualifications, reports often featured derogatory comments — some veiled, many not — fat jokes, weight-related puns and abundant stereotypes, providing a clear example of how socially acceptable weight bias and discrimination against obese persons have become in our society.

And now for a clouded conclusion to Ms Puhl’s thesis:

To be clear: There is no reason to assume that a person can’t be an effective political leader simply because of his or her body weight. Discounting an individual’s credentials, training, abilities or accomplishments because of body weight is discriminatory. And it communicates an unfair, harmful message that a person’s talents and contributions to society have lesser value if that person is obese. [CNN]

Hold on Ms. Puhl.  There ARE two sides to every prejudice.  Too often the “prejudicor” himself/herself is being discriminated against for an opinion the motivation for which cannot so easily be assessed by researchers in support of the “prejudicee.”  While she gave quarter to the argument that some people were concerned for health reasons about Christie’s weight, she dismissed it as having been based on misconceptions about the correlation between health and weight.  This is ignorance, not prejudice Ms. Puhl

So let me “get this clear”:  If you DO take a politician’s policies and record as the primary reason for not wanting, say, Barack Obama to win another term, you are NOT prejudiced?   OK MSM and all of you liberals who see Conservatives as a monolith of racial bias with lack of intelligence:  you had better read this article so you know that if I don’t want Obama in the White House for another term because of his record, I AM NOT PREJUDICED!  Pick another parallel for the weight issue.

Afterword:

I have seen a picture of Ms. Puhl and I just don’t like her.  She looks like she needs some sun and a walk in the fresh air.  SamHenry is so superficial – or should that be “superfacial”?  How I love to torture the language!

And HERE’s an example of a fat man being prejudice – a fat man we all loved.