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Term “Obesity” Being Erased, Out of Concern About Fat-Shaming

Term “Obesity” Being Erased, Out of Concern About Fat-Shaming

Meanwhile, one plus-sized model says the airlines are discriminating against wide people.

Many of today’s most serious problems require complex solutions based on real data that has been analyzed by rational people whose only agenda is to actually fix the issues.

Unfortunately, we lack the properly motivated professionals and policy makers. Our “experts” are afraid to offend and offer the hard solutions. So the resolutions presented are simply word-play and the generation of new narratives.

Take for example, obesity. I recently noted that as the rates of childhood obesity have skyrocketed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an expansion of the Body Mass Index (BMI) charts used for assessing growth.

Rather than trying to address the causes of obesity on this scale, researchers want to simply eliminate the term.

Obesity should be renamed to avoid stigmatising people and reflect the hereditary nature of the disease, researchers have claimed.

BMI, body mass index, has been earmarked as a measure which particularly confuses people about what obesity is.

Many people have a tendency to believe it simply means carrying too much body fat.

Experts suggest the illness should be rebranded as “Chronic Appetite Dysregulation”.

One of those experts, Dr Margaret Steele of the School of Public Health, University College Cork, offers philosophical considerations about how obesity should be classified.

She said efforts should be made to ‘disentangle’ public health and medical meanings of obesity and ‘acknowledge the fact that we’re really talking about two different things.’

While the public health message focuses on BMI, medical professionals tend to look at a person’s physiological processes, they found – such as their ability to store excess energy as fat, to deal with insulin and dietary sugar and how well someone is able to function metabolically – to diagnose obesity.

‘Our environment throws so much food at us but some people seem to be able to resist the temptation and to stop eating when they’ve had enough to maintain their weight,’ she said.

Yet for other people that just doesn’t seem to work – there’s something going on in the brain, something in the level of hormones. It’s not a question of willpower, it’s not a question of making decisions. It’s at a much, much deeper level that we don’t really have full control over.

Renaming obesity will not address the crisis. Reviewing the food recommendations against real science would be a better place to start.

Bringing back physical education classes, with an eye to the science-based limitations on gender when considering sports competitions, would also be extremely helpful.

There are studies that indicate overweight and obese people have low vitamin D levels when compared to their slimmer counterparts. Some studies link increased belly fat to vitamin D deficiency. Perhaps the explosion in obesity has been related to sun-screen mania and computer-focused activity, so there should be a push for vitamin D supplementation.

However, the biggest reason for the rise in obesity and the issue that may be the most important to address is the social media push for fat-entitlement and body-beautiful campaigns.

These factors recently led one super-sized model to demand accommodation by an airline . . . because discrimination.

A plus-size TikToker is arguing that airlines should make plane aisles wider to accommodate larger passengers, calling the current layout “discrimination.”

The woman, who posts to the platform as Big Curvy Olivia, shared a video this week showing herself struggling to traverse a United Airlines plane, having to turn sideways as she walked past the rows of seats.

“Honestly, it’s discrimination that they can’t build wider aisles in airplanes 2023,” she wrote on the clip, which has landed about 700,000 views.

I would argue that people like ‘Big Curvy Olivia” are discriminating against me having a normal world to live in.

So, expect more “Chronic Appetite Dysregulation” and “body beautiful” inanity until the serious people return to policy making and reporting.


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henrybowman | May 21, 2023 at 9:42 pm

Why pretend that airlines care anyway? To fit me, they’d have to increase standing headroom and seated legroom. I’m fat, too, but I recognize that if being not-fat were a priority for me, it would be achievable. I can’t be not-tall.

    Peabody in reply to henrybowman. | May 21, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    “I can’t be not-tall.”

    You are correct and it appears you have been discriminated against because of your height—referred to as “tall-shaming”. The obvious solution according to researchers is to eliminate the term “tall”.

      henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | May 22, 2023 at 1:19 am

      That will make my knees feel so much better.

      Eric R. in reply to Peabody. | May 22, 2023 at 7:01 am

      No, no, no! The obvious solution is to sue the airlines to oblivion (and Boeing and Airbus) for making the airplane cabins too small.

      Don’t you know anything about how America works?

That woman needs to lay off the biscuits and gravy and substitute some fruit after a daily 5 mile morning walk. Most of us are little tired of of folks demanding the reordering of society to fit their specific problems. Life ain’t fair and the world is mean. The sooner we get back to telling the whiny self entitled folks to stfu the better off our society will become. All these folks need to understand that the special accommodations made for them are only possible in times of ease and of plenty. When things get worse as they always do those accommodations will disappear in times of scarcity.

Did you see that butt?

I mean really, that’s FAT, not curves

I would hate to be seated next to her

“Plus-size model” is a hilarious term.

How about “diet-inhibited”?

    SeiteiSouther in reply to | May 22, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Will Durst said it best 30+ years ago:

    He’s not fat, he’s gravity enhanced.

    No, no, you musn’t say short, VERTICALLY CHALLENGED!

    And he’s not bald, he’s a person of scalp.

    And the stupid are hard of thinking.

    And the crazy are logically impaired.

“Obesity should be renamed to avoid stigmatising people”

Okay, but there’s still titanic, gigantic, enormous, humongous, immense, colossal, elephantine, enormous, gargantuan.and plain old super-duper fat.

Always preferred the word fat. That says it best.

    I don’t think it’s precise enough. Fat people need to lose weight. This person needs to lose the weight of three people.

      alaskabob in reply to Dathurtz. | May 22, 2023 at 12:12 pm

      A major issue in any aircraft is “weight and balance”. Depending on the load out, this person could exceed both… One question? How does one unstuck her from an attempt to use the bathroom.

      Frankly,, she needs to think of a train and not a plane.

      alaskabob in reply to Dathurtz. | May 22, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      A pound of fat can fuel a 22 mile walk. Some people are interstate, some transcontinental and others intercontinental in “range”.

      My classic response to how obese…. “mistakenly harpooned”.

      Seriously, these people can consume a whole loaf of bread at on sitting and not recognize it Their whole metabolism is altered such that even basic diets don’t work well.. It would take years of earnest commitment to get back to safe levels. Once they get sick it becomes immeasurably difficult to care for them.

        Dathurtz in reply to alaskabob. | May 22, 2023 at 2:22 pm

        Yep. This person won’t live long. This person also cannot perform basic life functions. It’s crazy. This isn’t just liking sweets or not keeping to a diet. Something must be deeply wrong to allow a person to get like this.

Instead of “obese” or “plus-sized”, how about “supersized”, that McDonald’s used to use. Aside from being nicely alliterative, there may be some fast food cause and effect here as well.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | May 22, 2023 at 2:35 am

Experts suggest the illness should be rebranded as “Chronic Appetite Dysregulation”.


Being fat is not an illness.

Why don’t they just change “obese” to “skinny”? Or, better yet, change “obese” to “fit”. That way they can say, “That girl is really fit” and she will feel great about herself … and she can tell all the guys that she is really fit so they’ll want to date her. Problem solved.

Next, we’re changing “ugly” to “beautiful”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | May 22, 2023 at 2:40 am

“Obesity should be renamed to avoid stigmatising people”


It’s not the name that causes the problems … and being unattractive is not being stigmatized. It’s simply being unattractive … though there have always been active fetish groups revolving around chubby-chasing. The obese have their fans, so far as looks go.

angrywebmaster | May 22, 2023 at 5:17 am

The airlines do have a spot for people like that walking blob. It’s called the cargo hold.

No, I’m not politically correct or woke. why do you ask?

RepublicanRJL | May 22, 2023 at 6:15 am

Thin is in, but fat is where it’s at.

Man, about Big Curvy Olivia, I’ve heard of ‘junk in the trunk’ but that’s a whole storage locker.

There’s only one way to make love to Big Curvy Olivia. A section at a time.

My Aunt Connie had a butt that big and never complained about being discriminated against.
Difference is black and white.

E Howard Hunt | May 22, 2023 at 7:22 am

How about renaming it DFPS (disgusting fat pig syndrome)? BMI should be used for populations; not individuals. At 6’4 and 215 I am categorized as overweight ; yet I’m a low body fat athlete.

As Jackie Gleason used to say, “Boy are you fat!”.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 22, 2023 at 7:56 am

“Obesity should be renamed to avoid stigmatising people”

Just like mental defective was changed to retarded was changed to special needs.

Just like crippled was changed to handicapped was changed to differently abled.

Yet, what changed?

Antifundamentalist | May 22, 2023 at 8:13 am

Renaming a problem doesn’t change it into a different problem. Never has, never will. You can’t hide “stigmatization” by pretending that a new word will make it all better.

Antifundamentalist | May 22, 2023 at 8:17 am

Though I do have to say that airline seats have gotten a LOT smaller and are positioned a LOT closer together as the US population has gotten progressively larger on the average. It isn’t discrimination, it’s profits.
That said, there probably “should be” some regulations on that score.

    It’s neither discrimination nor purely profits. It’s safety and it’s regulated by the FAA.

    “Big Curvy Olivia, shared a video this week showing herself struggling to traverse a United Airlines plane, having to turn sideways as she walked past the rows of seats.”

    Look at that girth, think about the size of a standard overwing emergency exit (the largest of which is 20 inches wide), picture her sitting in the window seat in that aisle in an emergency…

    Now imagine that aircraft sitting on a taxiway ON FIRE and that massive pile of immobile blubber blocking the aisle or exits and causing the horrific death of a hundred or so people.

    It’s all fun and games until wokeness cooks a planeload of passengers.

    Another Voice in reply to Antifundamentalist. | May 22, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    If it’s profits, the best way to approach it based on safety, miles traveled, cost for misc. accommodations and passenger comfort, then the airlines should sell tickets by a persons weight w/allowances of seasonal clothing and the location of seating. Their weight stated on ticket at the time of sale can have verification of the stated poundage at TSA where they seem to check everything on the ticket your ticket and on your body. If they can check for oversize liquid containers. having a scale in pass throughs for body weights should be no extra burden. I would be happy to pay by ‘weigh(t)’ to travel more comfortably in economy!

Just book a seat on a 747-800F and you will have all the room in the world. Yes, I know the omni rollers are not comfortable to sit on but you have all the isle room you can take.

How do they not realize that the negative connotations will attach to whatever made up term they substitute?

    They think, have long thought, that language is magic.That’s why they are constantly changing definitions and making up new words; they really do think it changes human nature. Bizarre. Ignorant. Stupid. But that’s what they believe, and it’s why they constantly torture language to force their worldview on us. When it doesn’t work, they don’t give up, they just make up new words (or, as is often the case, dig up old ones. “Progressive” only became a thing again because “socialist” wasn’t working, remember?).

      Antifundamentalist in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 22, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      They were only using “socialist” in the first place because “communist” was too volatile a word back then.

SeiteiSouther | May 22, 2023 at 10:31 am

Doesn’t matter if they erase the term, They’ll still be called fat by onlookers.

    WTPuck in reply to SeiteiSouther. | May 22, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Yes, especially by the most honest among us – toddlers. My brother and SIL had a heck of a time teaching their 2 year old not to point at people and say “He/she’s fat” when out in public.

    In other news, he grew up to be a polite and respectful man – in public, anyway!

It doesn’t matter what you call it. Being a big fatass is always going to be a problem. Things are made for normal people, and being a land whale isn’t normal.

retiredcantbefired | May 22, 2023 at 10:59 am

Well, “fat studies” (or whatever we’re supposed to call it this month) has become part of CRT/ intersectionality. There will be more of this word-shifting and interference with medicine.

“Honestly, it’s discrimination that they can’t build wider aisles in airplanes 2023.”

There’s an easy way for the airlines to make their aircrafts’ aisles wider – make the seats more narrow.

But seriously, this person has no idea what she’s asking for, engineering-wise. An airliner with wider seats and aisles, if it carried the same number of people, would be larger, more costly, and would burn more fuel on any given flight. Flying would be more costly for all passengers. If current aircraft were modified, there would be fewer seats and the cost per passenger would also go up.

Airliners already have fat-friendly seating. It’s called “first-class,” the seating for which is more expensive because the seating is not efficient. But the obese believe they shouldn’t be charged more for more space, even though airlines have been doing it for decades for anyone (and not just the over-large) who desires more space.

A major issue in any aircraft is “weight and balance”. Depending on the load out, this person could exceed both… One question? How does one unstuck her from an attempt to use the bathroom.

Frankly,, she needs to think of a train and not a plane.

    DaveGinOly in reply to alaskabob. | May 23, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Your comment made me think of another important consideration: How might fat people compromise the ability to evacuate an aircraft within the FAA-required time limit? They may actually pose a safety hazard in an emergency, critically slowing an evacuation, and could literally get people killed.

They also renamed non-sterilizing shots/jabs to vaccines, adopt boys with simulated feminine gender and girls with simulated masculine gender, passed a law to established couplets as politically congruent (“=”) to couples, infer science outside of a limited frame of reference, etc.

If you feel that you are a skinny person trapped in a fat body then simply identify as skinny. Problem solved by bending reality (where have we seen that before?)

As an aside, two of the most popular training aircraft — the J3 Cub and the Cessna 150 — both have a useful load (minus fuel and stow baggage) of about 180 lbs each for the instructor and student. These planes were designed over 60 years ago and that says a lot of how far we advanced as a country, as a 180 lb man was considered quite stout for those days.

inspectorudy | May 22, 2023 at 3:12 pm

I can see the headline now after an obese black man robs a bank. A humanoid wearing a hoodie is being sought by the police. No gender, color, or size, is allowed. Imagine what the public would be on the lookout for?

Fat_Freddys_Cat | May 22, 2023 at 4:05 pm

Being a tall man, I find the seating in most public transportation to be uncomfortable. So…I just avoid it as much as I can. It’s just the price I pay for the advantages that height sometimes gives me. Like my Daddy always told me, you don’t get anything for free in life.

Libertas_7_4_1776 | May 23, 2023 at 7:37 pm

May I propose a new three tiered nomenclature for the morbidly obese, “double wide, A frame, and Hindenburg”.