Maybe I'm just feeling a little fat, but there sure seems to be a lot of news lately about pudgy people.
Two such stories hits the news today. In one, a court nearly took British mom's son away because the "tyke" was only 8 but weighed about 218 pounds (shown at left.) Mom gets to keep him, a court ruled today, but they'll be watching closely for any further signs of her inability to raise him on a healthy diet.
In another story, a sorority at DePauw University in Indiana just "happened" to dismiss all its fat members as being "uncommitted" to the house's recruitment goals (read: who wants to join a club of fat girls?) Also, the house's only minority members were dismissed, too. The ex-sorority girls are suing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight children have tripled in the United States in the past 30 years. Presumably in number, not size.
Of course, even as the controversy over too-thin models continues to rage, Americans are fatter than ever before. A recent Harris Poll found that more people are using seatbelts to save their lives ... and fewer are paying attention to what they eat and how they exercise. Americans remain the fattest people on Earth, and are getting fatter. I'm wondering if fat folks are the next target of political, cultural and media scrutiny. If so, they're a rather vulnerable group even if -- if the stats are to be believed -- they are a majority. It's easy to poke fun at the "doughboy" or the "fat actress" ... just like being a "follicularly challenged" American, I assure you that many people have no difficulty poking fun at bald guys. Our union sucks.
I don't know about global warming. The end of mankind might come when Earth gets too heavy to stay in orbit!