I don’t want to talk about it

What to write about when you don’t want to write about anything? I don’t want to write about the piece in a UK newspaper asking whether surgeons are selling weight-loss surgery without being honest about the risks (and benefits). Simple answer: yes. But they let the obnoxious, data-inventing, fat-hating Tam Fry have the last, fat shaming, word. Don’t read the comments.

I don’t want to talk about how a new study of 60,000 insured adults in King County, Washington, had an obesity prevalence based more strongly on where they lived, the value of their homes, and their education level than on their current income. Although together these accounted for 70% of the variance in obesity levels in the county, even after accounting for population density, race/ethnicity, age and so on. And I don’t want to talk about how the authors concluded that this knowledge should be used to better target anti-obesity interventions, thus missing the point entirely.

And I don’t really want to talk about how at a research conference yesterday, a woman read my poster about weight stigma in society and in our own heads and then came over and hugged me as if she was never going to let me go.

I really don’t want to talk about it.

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