Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Freakshow

I made this post explicitly to share something my boyfriend shared with me

America’s Obesity Epidemic: Bringing Sideshow Freaks Into The Discussion


"This is Chauncy Morlan, and around 100 years ago his obesity was so shocking that people would pay money to see him as he toured the country as a circus “fat man”. I find the unremarkableness of his size to be a telling sign of how we’ve pushed the limits of obesity in the past 100 years. Imagine, if you will, what society would look like if 100 years from now if what passed as spectacularly obese today would not even turn heads at the mall."

4 comments:

  1. thats gross!In fact to be honest its kinda reverse thinspo! its deffo put me off my breakfast!

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  2. That is just crazy to think about. I really hope there is a flip soon, I don't think I could handle the world getting fatter.

    I'll try and hunt down where I read this, but what I remember is that just like the gap between rich and poor is widening so is the gap between fat and thin. Majority of the US population is overweight/obese, but of those that aren't overweight a greater % fall in the underweight category than average.

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