As I was writing yesterday’s post about the media spruiking that diabetes is a side-effect of being fat (like thin people never have type 2 diabetes – very slanted message, again), it occurred to me that the people spreading this message, at least on TV, are more likely to be at the opposite end of the weight spectrum, at very low BMIs.
They sit in a shiny studio, with perfectly coiffed hair, perfect makeup and perfect teeth, and spread the messages from press releases about the newest diet or miracle single food.
I’ve not seen an “overweight” newsreader or current affairs show presenter, at least not of the female variety. I have seen a few of the locals off-screen though, and some look really unhealthily thin! I don’t often watch commercial TV news, I just don’t trust the depth of their coverage. But I used to watch one station regularly, years ago, and the newsreader on there is quite some woman – she gives loads of her time to local charities and her support in all kinds of areas benefits much of the community. But run into her at the local coffee shop and her clothes hang off her.
Now, she’s been around for at least the 25 years I’ve been in Brisbane and she’s always been very thin. Perhaps she’s naturally so, and more power to her. I know also that the visual media is notoriously awful to women, to succeed they MUST conform to an expected image.
But when the glossy people who look like they either haven’t eaten for a month or like weight problems have never been an issue for them, spruik about the dangers of body fat – somehow, I’m just not convinced….
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