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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Slammed for Spouting “Body Positivity” Nonsense

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Slammed for Spouting “Body Positivity” Nonsense

“Fat Acceptance” is based on social science narrative rather than medical science facts.

The last time we checked in on New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the “tough on crime” guy had just revealed a weak retail theft deterrent program that is a pathetic attempt to stem the escalating amount of crime in that metropolis.

More recently, the mayor has moved on to join the “Body Positivity” craze. Adams has just signed into law a bill banning discrimination based on height and weight in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

“It shouldn’t matter how tall you are, or how much you weigh, when you’re looking for a job, when you’re out on our town, or you are trying to get some form of accommodation or an apartment to rent, you should not be treated differently,” said Adams in a signing ceremony.

The law has an exemption for when a person’s weight or height would prevent them from performing a job’s essential requirements, the mayor said. The law is slated to take effect in 180 days, or on Nov. 22.

Six other cities — including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — and the state of Michigan, also have similar bans on height and weight discrimination.

Weight discrimination is widespread, but reportedly hits women the hardest, especially women of color. A study by Vanderbilt University found overweight women earning $5.25 less per hour, a so-called wage penalty.

“It helps level the playing field for all New Yorkers,” Adams said.

Mercifully, there were exceptions built into this law, which include cases where someone’s height or weight might stop them from performing critical parts of the job.

“Fat Acceptance” supporters were thrilled.

Tigress Osborn, chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a nonprofit advocacy group, said she hoped that other cities would approve similar laws to send the message that size discrimination was a “serious injustice.”

The bill’s sponsor, Shaun Abreu, a councilman from northern Manhattan, said that he gained weight during the pandemic and noticed that people treated him differently. He said that the law would make employers think twice about discriminating against heavier people and raise awareness about the problem.

“It’s also about changing the culture in how we think about weight,” he said.

However, being overweight and obese carry inherent health risks. People who are overweight have higher incidents of cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon). Just because the mainstream media is ignoring these published reports.

Dr. Nicole Saphier, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is willing to share the facts. She slammed Adams for his “body positivity” statements in conjunction with the signing ceremony. She called him out on his hypocrisy, as Adams went on a weight loss program to improve his health.

When asked to respond to critics who see this new law as a step back in the fight against obesity – a condition that is literally killing Americans every day – Adams got it all miserably wrong.

‘Science has shown body type is not a connection to if you’re healthy or unhealthy, and I think that’s a misnomer we are really dispelling,’ the mayor said.

Excuse me? Mister Mayor, you’re not a doctor. You’d better leave this one to the professionals.

First of all, ‘body type’ is not a term used with any specificity in the medical field. But in the context of this question and answer, I assume that Adams was talking about ‘body habitus’ – the shape and size of the human body, commonly referred to as the physique.

And to say that the physique is not connected to well-being is 100% false.

Shame on you, Mayor.

Of all people – he should know this. After all, Adams cured his own failing health.

Obesity was a significant factor contributing to elevated risk of hospitalization and death during covid infections. “Fat Acceptance” is based on social science narrative rather than medical science facts. It’s every bit as toxic and harmful to Americans as the trans-movement.

And like the trans-movement, “Fat Acceptance” is gaining ground nationwide.

Other state-level bills have now been introduced in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey.

New Jersey and Massachusetts have also introduced legislation to stop weight and height discrimination.

Tigress Osborn, the chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, said New York City’s weight discrimination ban should serve as a model for the nation and the world.

Ms Osborn said the city’s adoption of the new ordinance ‘will ripple across the globe’ and show that ‘discrimination against people based on their body size is wrong and is something that we can change’.

It comes as US health officials said rates have soared to ‘epidemic’ proportions, with the obesity rate rocketing to 42 percent nationally.


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The Gentle Grizzly | June 1, 2023 at 8:48 pm

“ Adams has just signed into law a bill banning discrimination based on height and weight in employment, housing, and public accommodations.”

I always wanted to get on a soccer team at 6-1 263

henrybowman | June 1, 2023 at 8:51 pm

At 6’6″ 330, I can’t wait to become an astronaut. Or a submariner.

Adams is the Dem mayor of Woke York City. He has taken an oath to think upside-down. The world’s expectations should be adjusted accordingly.

Fat acceptance kills people.

Empathetic appeal for the next AIDS transdemic, recurring Covid pandemic, socially liberal contagion, the forward-looking George “Fentanyl” Floyd syndrome (not limited to Some, Select [Black] Lives Matter SS BLM), and, of course, the human rites performed for social, redistributive, clinical, political, criminal, and fair weather progress. Do Democrats know where all the “burdens” h/t Obama of evidence, the masses of carbon pollutants, are sequestered?

I’m pretty sure the obese don’t want to be treated like everyone else b/c in my anecdotal experience they want to be treated better than with special privileges.

Since we gonna just ignore health concerns for employers can we roll back the anti tobacco nonsense as well?

We have surely let the inmates run the asylum, and it must stop. Celebrating fat is perverted. So are many of the things the inmates propose and do. Once in power they will do anything to keep it. They are, after all, inmates, corrupt through and through. And they are masters at the hustle.

When they represent us in the world, it’s even more dangerous. They are weak and have little sense of human nature outside their safe spaces.

More people are seeing the light, especially as reality sets it and the hoaxes and abuses are exposed. It’s up to them to join in and create the change, to put the inmates back in their place.

“Overweight women earn less money,” said Mayor Adams. “This is not fair. In order to eliminate the wage gap, employees must be paid by the pound.”

“If fat people were paid by the pound they would make more money and the wage gap would be eliminated.”

E Howard Hunt | June 1, 2023 at 10:36 pm

It should be a crime to obese. The sentence should be hard labor until a proper weight is reached.

You people are being unfair. I am overweight, yet my “weight identity” is as a thin person. I should get the same consideration as the gender identity folks. In particular, I could make quite a splash on a diving team.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to jb4. | June 2, 2023 at 6:20 am

    I just want to b left alone. I don’t know which is worse: those who have no idea of heredity-related obesity, or the “be s fat as you want, we will celebrate you” types.

    The first are the ones who will also snatch a pencil out of a child’s left hand and put it in their right hand.

    The second want to “celebrate” characteristics in others who just want to be left alone. Yes. I am left handed. Yes, I have blue eyes. Yes, I have red hair. Yes, I am cross-dominant. So, what’s to celebrate?

Yesterday I had my butt handed to me in a social doubles game(tennis). The other players were 85 and 80… I swear to it.. They are both smaller men, and wiry.. and can run better than most 40 year olds.. The thing is they are fit.. and so far are enjoying their longevity. I want to be able to play like that in about 20 years.. I really do… and here I am struggling again to drop 20lbs.
Those two men, Jack and Henry, they should be on the cover of Time magazine… they really should. But this is clown world. and instead you have a celebrity like Lizzo that get all kinds of acclamation.

Bottom line is that mayor Adams is an idiot. NYC did this to themselves. I am so glad I am out of there.

BTW I just checked the BMI charts and I BARELY made the green.. Since I cannot play the flute like Lizzo, I think it is time to do something….

    alien in reply to amwick. | June 2, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Have another burger and supersize the side of fries?

    Just because you can’t play the flute like Lizzo, doesn’t mean you can’t try to look like her.

    Dathurtz in reply to amwick. | June 2, 2023 at 10:23 am

    When I was in college the lead anatomy professor was an Aussie that was in his 80s. He whooped all of us young people to a frazzle in racquetball. I was never good, but he beat really good people, too.

SeymourButz | June 2, 2023 at 7:20 am

Didn’t New York ban soft drinks over a certain size to combat obesity? Is that fatphobic?

Suburban Farm Guy | June 2, 2023 at 8:00 am

You know it’s getting crazy when they in all seriousness post quotations from someone ‘named’ ‘Tigress’ — STOP

Has Adams ever heard of a disease called DIABEDES?

Finally! Real, concrete actions taken to address the things that have made living in NYC dangerous and downright miserable once again. Thank God Mayor Adams is tackling crime—wait. Whut?!?!—he’s what? He’s tackling “fat discrimination”?

Mind if I ask, WHO THE EFF CARES about this nonsense BS?

Vote Leftist: Let’s make New York City disgusting again!

“NYC Mayor Eric Adams Slammed for Spouting “Body Positivity” Nonsense”

So you’re saying that he was “body-slammed?”

Capitalist-Dad | June 2, 2023 at 8:49 am

Only leftists are arrogant enough to think they can pass a law that bars noticing fat is ugly, limiting, and often dangerous. It’s a far cry from AMERICAN statesmen, but perfectly in line with Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and other tyrants and despots.

The law was amended to add #15 and #16 to the list of things you cannot discriminate against in NYC. Or more accurately, there are now 16 things a person who doesn’t want to work can leverage the legal system in their favor for a judgment against a business or organization.

stevewhitemd | June 2, 2023 at 9:27 am

I’m a physician. If I tell a person who is morbidly obese that it would improve their health if they lost weight, am I guilty of “fat shaming”?

I used to think that such a question was facetious but now I’m not so sure.

Old Navy Doc | June 2, 2023 at 9:28 am

The law of unintended consequences is lurking in the wings to bite these Bozos.

Life Insurance and Health Insurance bookies have to play the odds to come out ahead, and obesity is as risky as smoking. BMI is an impartial “fair”measure.

I’m sure airline companies will have to convert passenger ticket prices to $/lb for body weight plus baggage to be “fair”, just like any freight carrier.

    DSHornet in reply to Old Navy Doc. | June 2, 2023 at 10:55 am

    The Bride told me recently that some airline (I wish I could recall which one) was now weighing passengers. The reason was unclear but I wonder if it was to calculate fuel needed to reach the destination or, as you say, $/lb.

texansamurai | June 2, 2023 at 9:42 am

my father helped / cared for hundreds of people with “weight problems” over the course of his practice–he even printed a couple of “weight management” pamphlets and handouts for them to study and employ the principles therein

other than those genetically / medically pre-disposed to obesity / weight issues, he believed and maintained that ” weight management ” issues centered on one aspect of human behaviour only: discipline–without discipline, all the other diet fads / natural herbs / medications, etc would have only limited / lasting effects

remember one of his mantras: ” these bodies we live in aren’t designed to last forever–eventually, time and gravity are going to diminish what we can do and how well we can do it–why would you want to do that to yourself now ( in your 20s, 30s, 40s ) by carrying around way more than you need? ”

by keeping it simple and emphasizing discipline (self-control), have seen with my own eyes some of the truly remarkable results achieved by many, many of his patients

    I think that obesity is a complex problem. It seems that many “diets” end up making people fatter. I watched my beloved mother struggle with weight her (well, my) entire life. She would do this diet or that, and at the end, she would regain the weight she lost on the given diet PLUS more.

    I do have a genetic propensity for obesity, but I watched her struggles, and I ended up rejecting a diet merry-go-round that just made you fatter than you were to begin with. I decided that eating healthy (not fad healthy, but actually balanced meals that don’t exclude this or that or depend on weeks of eating only cabbage soup) was the only thing I would do. I’m not skinny, but I never really was. Some people are just not meant to be Playboy models, and I’m okay with that as long as I can still fit into my clothes (I watched my mom buy countless new wardrobes for her new weight, and end up having to buy ever larger clothes to accommodate the pendulum swing back and up.).

    I have zero faith in many of these fat gurus (not your dad, of course, I don’t know anything about his work beyond what you’ve said here, which sounds sensible.), they just make people fatter and more miserable. I’m fine with being a not skinny, not fat person. I’m just normal, and I’m good with that: most people in the real world are not skinny or fat. We can’t measure ourselves by phony ideals in popular culture; those models are tortured, often unwell, people who warrant our pity and prayers, not our envy and desire to look just like them.

      Dathurtz in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | June 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

      I am the same way. Managing my weight and health is a struggle that will always be with me. When I was young I was able to convert it into being a fitness freak, but that I have a wife, kids, a career, and an injury, I can’t do that anymore.

      The most successful thing I do is to 1) cook my own food and 2) avoid (mostly) food with added sugar.

      CommoChief in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | June 2, 2023 at 12:10 pm

      Eat less carbs. Eliminate refined sugar. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Make your own food v ordering take out or restaurant. Within those limits there’s lots of things to eat that are very tasty and much healthier than the alternatives.

      Then you gotta exercise. At a minimum do some flexibility/stretching, walk and swim. Add in some light weight kettle balls/dumbbell 5-15 lbs. Do pushups, sit ups and other basic exercises if able.

      As texansamurai points out the biggest factor in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is discipline. I am trying to lose my last 8 lbs to get back to 182. Stuck on a plateau for a while and may not get there; injuries keep me from doing more intensive things. I let myself gain 30 lbs ish when I retired from the Army ballooning to 215lbs ish and have been working on it for two years.

      None of us are 18 anymore or have a young person’s metabolism so we gotta do what we can within the limits of our physical ability. Incorporating active hobbies/activities helps me stay focused; gardening, yard work, splitting firewood. It gives a little dopamine hit of gratification when a task is complete which makes the exercise seem less like work.

        texansamurai in reply to CommoChief. | June 2, 2023 at 1:35 pm

        Then you gotta exercise. At a minimum do some flexibility/stretching, walk and swim.

        amen–besides a weight training regimen have had for years the best exercise activity have been able to find is walking with a 60lb pack ( a hair over a third of my bodyweight ) for a couple of miles every day at a british slow march, taking my time–unlike running / jogging, you’re not slamming down on your ankles / knees / hips and by going slowly is easy to manage the intensity of the workout–have three routes of varying difficulty depending on the weather / ambient temperature

        start easy and work up to about a third of your bodyweight and, after a couple of months, you’ll be surprised at the core strength / flexibility and endurance you’ve developed

        and you’ll be able to pretty much eat / drink whatever/however the hell you like

          CommoChief in reply to texansamurai. | June 2, 2023 at 2:46 pm

          IDK man, I kinda got my fill of ruck marches with 26+ years of the Army. Knees and lower back ain’t what they used to be.

          In all seriousness it is a very manageable activity that lends itself to building up over time. Even if the pinnacle for some is just a basic day pack with 20 lbs in it one can build up to it over time. The main problem or challenge is disappointment and frustration as folks like me try and start off where we left off so to speak. Gotta build back up to full kit slowly but surely.

inspectorudy | June 2, 2023 at 1:46 pm

Adams is a perfect example of the “Peter Principle” where a person is so incompetent that they are promoted upwards to get them out of their present job. There are many jobs where weight or height has to be a factor. When I went through flight training with the Navy, to use an ejection seat safely, you had to fit into a certain torso length. If you couldn’t meet this requirement, you went into transports or aircraft that did not have ejection seats. If you were a Tunnel Rat in Vietnam, you could not be fat because you would not fit into the tunnels. In the airline industry, there are certain jobs that cannot be performed because of being too short. How this moron Adams can make this absurd claim just shows why NYC is a disaster!

    WindyHill in reply to inspectorudy. | June 2, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    From the article:

    “Mercifully, there were exceptions built into this law, which include cases where someone’s height or weight might stop them from performing critical parts of the job.”

      inspectorudy in reply to WindyHill. | June 3, 2023 at 12:57 am

      That means that if a job opening is not listed in this law but has an obvious disqualification, the job applicant can sue if they are turned down because of height or obesity. Just one more punishment for business owners and one more loophole for lawyers and their scummy clients.

texansamurai | June 2, 2023 at 11:35 pm


Gotta build back up to full kit slowly but surely.

don’t think i’ll ever retire but when turned 60 a while back began to really appreciate the meaning of the phrase ” poco y poco “–little by little

started skiing when 13 and still ski regularly and still do the course @ 36mph / 22 off as does my lady (she skis @ 34mph / 22 off)–just addicted to the speed / gs involved

have lost a little extension / flexibility at the limit ( coming around the buoy) but just a little–otherwise, the weight regimen but especially the walking with a pack routine has kept my core strength sufficient and my balance / muscle control precise–not quite as aggressive / powerful on the water as in my 20s / 30s but damned close