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February 27, 2007

Fat Actors

Actor Yes, that is a title of an article in Wikepedia (for those of you that aren’t familiar with Wikipedia, it is a free content, multilingual encyclopedia written collaboratively by contributors around the world. The site is a Wiki - anybody can edit and add to an article. Offers quick understanding on controversial issues. Strong in current affairs.).

I’m a little shocked that someone would think of the topic – Fat Actors – then actually research and write about it. Who has made the list is fascinating too! There is even a lengthy discussion section, where the political correctness of the term “fat” is pondered, as well as using BMI as a measure as to gauge what (or should I say who?) is fat.

As far as using BMI as a measure of fatness goes, that really gives me a chuckle - Sylvestor Stallone, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson are all considered obese by BMI measurements! I suggest this article – A Diet of Hysteria by Rob Lyons – as a superb primer on the real issues of "fatness".

Have a "fat" day :-)

Gina

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Posted by Gina V. on February 27, 2007 | Permalink



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The BMI is definetely a tool that is used to make people feel bad about themselves. This serves the purpose of the weight and and fitness industry more than anything else. The more people that think they need to lose weight, the more customers.

Posted by: charles blain | Feb 27, 2007 5:19:13 PM

Hi Charles -
I definitley agree with your comment, when the BMI standards were changed, millions of Americans woke up the next day classified as "overweight." It's not just a matter of pride - those kinds of arbitrary measures can have tremendous impact on health and life insurance, employment, and even adopting a baby! Correct information is the only answer!

Posted by: Gina V | Feb 28, 2007 11:20:20 AM

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