Well, ok, he did say it, but that’s not how any newspaper in the country headlined this story. The real headlines were more like: NJ starting agency to battle obesity. But a fattie can dream.
Yes, New Jersey has apparently created the first government agency devoted to fighting obesity. I know what you’re thinking. A government agency dedicated to fighting my body shape? Where can I sign up to help? (Seriously. I wish I lived in New Jersey so I could apply for a job with them just to see the reaction).
But here’s the headliner for all you long-suffering fat rights activists. A public health official has finally copped to the Big Lie — admitting that diets and weight loss strategies don’t work, and in fact, they make you fatter. Savor it:
Dr. Fred M. Jacobs, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Senior Services, said young people are a crucial target for the new agency because it’s easier to instill good diet and exercise habits to prevent obesity in young people than it is to reverse weight problems in adults; adults almost always gain back any weight they lose — and then some.
Where are the qualifications and the hedging? Where are the exhortations to keep trying? Where are the snide remarks about how ingrained our bad habits must be? Oh, ok, I guess that’s buried in there in the part about instilling good habits early. But still. It’s almost…honest.
Because Preventive Wars are Such Good Ideas
For all of us waiting for a little honesty about weight loss, it’s kind of a letdown, though. It’s kind of like Bush quietly admitting that Iraq was a failure while announcing that the bombs are flying in Iran.
Because this article isn’t about the decades-long disaster that has defined our national obsession with weight loss. This is about the War on Obesity Version 2.0: The new and improved war on fat. This time it’s a preventive war on our children’s fat.
A preventive war? What could possibly go wrong?