Earlier this week, Fillyjonk offered up a confessional about her messy, cluttered home, opining “I’m sure some pop-psych frauds would love to theorize that my house is messy because two fat people live in it, and we are lazy and can’t take care of ourselves or our surroundings.”
Is she prescient or what? Magic eight-ball says: All signs point to yes. Check out the subject of Oprah’s Thursday segment:
Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? with Peter Walsh
Clutter expert Peter Walsh is back with a bombshell—clutter can make you fat! Peter helps an overweight family declutter their lives room by room and pound by pound.
Tune in Thursday, February 7, to see what happens.
The self-described “part contractor, part therapist” will launch the release of his new book of the same title as the show’s segment. According to the book’s blurb:
Peter Walsh, the bestselling author of It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff, believes that the secret to successfully losing weight is to forget about calorie counting and weekly weigh-ins. Instead you need to focus on how, why, and where you eat. When it comes to clearing clutter (the fat in our homes) it isn’t about the stuff itself, it’s about the life you want to live. The same is true for losing weight: It’s not about the pounds, it’s about living the life you deserve in the body you want.
But as Fillyjonk notes:
But if you’re just marking time in your body until your new, perfect one comes along, through luck or dieting or illness or whatever, then you’re going to be terrifically disappointed — and worse, your metaphorical house is going to be a mess.
You live in this body for good, so don’t treat it like a squat. Maybe it’s not your dream home, but it’s your home, and that will count for more the more love and effort you put into it.
And of course, Walsh’s introduction, as featured on Amazon, goes on to conflate being fat – what Walsh calls our “national pastime” – with overconsumption and that if we just go to Ikea or Organized Living and buy a whole bunch of commercially-processed, oil-produced plastic bins, we too can simultaneously lose weight and save the planet all in one neatly organized fell swoop. Walsh has some good points about our nation’s overconsumption epidemic, but his anti-fat rhetoric drowns out the best of these talking points.
Oprah is always good for some comic relief and this show will certainly give FA bloggers fodder for a long time to come. It’s funny that is, until you watch the preview clip offered on the show’s website.
Oh, don’t worry. I’m sure by the end of the show the crying mother realizes the folly of her big fat ways and is now worshipping at the tidy, uncluttered altar of Walshdom.
The fact that the Oprah show would exploit this woman’s pain and self-loathing on national television to garner ratings is sad. It also sounds like the show may have misrepresented the segment to the woman and her family.
But what’s even more tragic is that more than 49 million viewers tune in to Oprah each week and three quarters of them are female. It wasn’t that long ago Oprah went on a liquid diet, inspiring thousands of viewers to embark on their own liquid weight-loss diets. She’s the poster child for unproven, untested, unsuccessful and medically unsound weight-loss plans galore – plans that despite their proven ineffectiveness, continues to motivate viewers to try similar methods because Oprah did it and look at her! And yet Oprah, who I’m sure has a maid to scrub her toilets and clean her immaculate mansion, continues to gain weight. Obviously, there is something far greater to body weight than having a messy house.
The fact that Oprah of all people would present yet another crazy weight-loss bandwagon for her viewers to jump on is deplorable. For shame, Oprah, for shame.