Trailing on the heels of Annie Murray, the aspiring thin bride-to-be who died from the appalling low level and quality of health care in a gastric bypass surgery performed in Mexico, comes another disturbing story south of the border.
Paul from Big Fat Blog reports on 12-year-old Brooke Bates, a girl with an admitted and untreated eating disorder, whose mother bypassed annoying “red-tape” things like psychological testing and physical ability tests to have a lap-band procedure performed on her in Mexico. “I’m sure are very important, but it’s money,” she said.”
The newest trend in the eating disorders world: wannarexia. Most common amongst teenage girls, wannarexia is a label describing those who claim to have anorexia, or wish they did. Because apparently, developing a life-altering and possibly fatal psychiatric disease in which you toss aside friends, family, health and morals in vain attempts of reaching the idyllic state of “thin enough,” never realizing it is a fictitious utopia, is soooo cool these days.
Check out this timely editorial by Mary Carmichael, just as Massachusetts debates enacting a law to protect the rights of fat workers. Twenty-six percent of overweight workers report being stigmatized and say they were passed over for promotions solely because of their size, as did 84 percent of those considered “very obese” Across the board, overweight people make 1 percent to 6 percent less than their thinner counterparts, and those in service professions earn fewer commissions and tips.
Opposition to the bill, Carmichael reports, comes largely from those who believe fat is a choice. “As long as society in general believes that being overweight is always a choice, a willful lack of self-control, people can get away with discrimination,” she writes. Hopefully articles like Carmichael’s will sheds some light on this fallacy.
When writer Anne Ream, overstressed and overworked, contracted a third-world virus and lost a significant amount of weight to the point of wearing a size 0, she was surprised to find not cause for concern amongst her peers, but compliments. Her experiences led her to question if women aren’t only downsizing their dress sizes, but their ambitions, as well. Check out discussions of Ream’s awesome editorial here and here.