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message 1: by Erika (new)

Erika I love this book!

Stacia (the 2010 club) I just finished. It was amusing. Do you watch his show?

message 3: by Giedre (last edited Jan 02, 2013 12:46AM) (new)

Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.

Heh. I used to watch his show on the Travel Channel, but once I got to University, I put a ban on TV. I remember his show being rather entertaining.
Great review :)

Blacky *Romance Addict* Great review Stacia :D

Stacia (the 2010 club) Thanks. :)

Giedre wrote: "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.
Heh. I used to watch his show on the Travel Channel, but once I got to University, I put a ban on TV. I remember his show being rather entertainin..."

I want his job!

message 6: by Rita (new)

Rita Thanks for reviewing Stacia :)
Been having this one on my shelves for a while now, am planning to read it this year too!

Stacia (the 2010 club) Nice! You'll have to let me know what you think.

message 8: by Rita (new)

Rita Will do Stacia :)

message 9: by SheLove2Read (new)

SheLove2Read I read his first book - much the same flair to it. He's a little abrasive for my tastes though.

Stacia (the 2010 club) He is definitely abrasive, I agree.

message 11: by Rita (new)

Rita That is what I love about his style!

Stacia (the 2010 club) I actually don't mind his crassness for the most part. His hatred for all things trendy amuses me. The one big thing about him that I'm not a fan of have been some of his past comments toward obese people.

message 13: by Rita (new)

Rita LOL why what has he said about fat people? I think I missed that. I guess that it must be something in the lines of what Ricky Gervais says, and if that's the case, then I agree: if someone chooses to eat fatty junk food then it's a lifestyle choice. It certainly can't be a surprise how they end up. Eating healthy is both easy and cheap. One just has to bother to do ones own cooking and bother to read the labels. My better half and I do it all the time. :)

Stacia (the 2010 club) I don't think that the message is bad but the way he says it is a bit over-the-top. There's a way to get the message out about eating healthier without picking on an entire group of people?

message 15: by Rita (last edited Jan 04, 2013 12:59AM) (new)

Rita Thanks for that transcript, I never saw the show that was on. :)
I personally have no issues with what he says.

Why should we tip-toe and go out of our way to be politically correct about the poor choices that people knowingly make? If common sense doesn't make them snap out of it and make better choices for themselves and their children, then perhaps ridicule and embarrassment will make them realise that they need to change their ways. Note: I'm not saing that we should encourage bullying, far from it, but what I'm saying is that we should not be cotton-wrap facts and opinions. It is a fine line, but it's there and it's clear as crystal IMHO.

If I behave like an idoit and say idiotic things when I actually already know better than that and get ridiculed for it, then I'm intelligent enough to know that I brought it upon myself. Fat people already know that it's their choices that made them how they are, obesity certainly doesn't sneak up on you and then one day you wake up and realise that they can't fit your clothing any more. You have many alarm bells that will go on if you only bother to listen to them and do something about it.

Let's be clear on one thing: it's not like he's going after people who have other medical conditions that as a side effect and consequence end up being obese. It's a known fact that some medications and afflictions make people obese, but it's not those people that are being targeted by their comments (at least not judging by the material I've seen so far), and it's a tiny minority of the fat and obese people that fall into that category. If it were those people that he was after, then I would agree with you completely of course, but it's not.

I just found this, pretty interesting:

Stacia (the 2010 club) I just watched the video. Thanks for the find. :)

My feelings are mixed. While I completely understand that something needs to change in the way people view food, I think there's only so much the governments should be allowed to do.

I'd rather see healthy eating rewarded over unhealthy eating being penalized. For example, I oppose fat tax, but do think that there should be a reward for eating healthier, such as giving tax breaks to organic farms and whatnot, so people can afford to purchase healthier produce and meat. Schools should not be allowed to serve too many processed items with an overabundance of chemicals, salt and sugar. Things like that are areas which could be improved.

But I do have an extreme sensitivity to how obese people are treated. Food can be a serious addiction, so it's not just a fact of "stop eating it" for everyone. Especially not when people have been conditioned for years to eat a certain way and have no knowledge of how to change things.

We're slowly working on stamping out things like homophobia and sexism, but "fat-hating" is still an acceptable form of discrimination in many cases.

I have a very close family member who gets stared at every time we go out together. She's extremely obese and has to use a scooter to get around (which I hate, haha, because I'm the one stuck having to put it together and the damn thing is heavy!). It frustrates me to no end when I see people glaring at her and giving looks of judgement. They know nothing about how she got to the point she was at, and the attitudes are appalling.

Likewise, I have another family member who eats like shit and is as skinny as a twig. She always makes comments about fat people as if it's hideous to her, but if food actually had an effect on her, she'd be massive. She just got lucky that she can eat what she wants and not gain weight.

message 17: by Rita (last edited Jan 05, 2013 01:15AM) (new)

Rita I definitely understand where you're coming from. Judging and unknowing looks from strangers are of course not nice - especially if your family member is without fault of her condition. But, and I think that you agree with me, you would understand why people would look at her (or someone else for that matter) like that if she was -for instance- in the process of eating something really nasty, like a bucket of deep-fried KFC wings? I don't know about the area where you live in, but compared to Denmark where I am from, here in Holland I see a lot of extremely fat people eating junk food while they are barely able to walk on their own. That's not something I could ever look approvingly at, ever.

I completely agree: healthy food choices should be rewarded (both in terms of promoting cruelty-free meats, organic produce, etc.), and not do what they tried to do in Denmark one or two years ago when they introduced the fat-tax. Biggest failure in Danish economic history. It was implemented without thinking about what food-items you were raising the tax on and what consequences it would have on people and without differentiating between the good fats and the unhealthy fats.

Let's take milk for instance. We can all agree that it's a very important food-item for any household and especially for households with growing infants/children. They should not be drinking skinny milk (that's what adults should be drinking), but full milk. Now suddenly, and out of the blue, families were no longer able to afford what was good for their children, while people living near the borders to either Germany or Sweden would cross the borders and buy their unhealthy snacks there instead. Completely idiotic idiotic law. No, healthy choices should be rewarded by being taxed les than their unhealthy alternatives.

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