Thursday, June 14, 2007

When fat (dare I say it?) is a good thing

Recent studies have consistently shown that under-weight is the real health risk, yet the myth persists in the media about obesity as a health risk. Here is the latest in a series of articles trying to correct this mis-perception and the dangers the obesity myth poses, especially in the images foisted on teenage girls in the media -- ultimately, body image is always tied back to the thin is healthy mantra.

Whenever the science contradicts the obesity myth, the reports are always modest and full of caution: no matter that the science often is far more conclusive than that supporting the myth -- obesity is the dominant narrative. Dominant, but false.