In her October 28, 2005 article entitled “America’s Waistline“, Laura Kipnis questions the American obsession with size … and the contradictions in our eating/dieting philosophy.

The irony is that while overconsumption may be encouraged, all bodily evidence of it is stigmatized…

It seems that obesity has entered the political sphere, and sprouted groups of “activists” (no pun intended) who are fighting for the “Rights” of the fat person. These so-called rights are as varied as the standard length of seatbelts on airplanes (which are currently “too short”, so that the very obese have to request “embarassing extensions”) to whether obesity should fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All in all, a twisted yet interesting take on a subject that many Americans obsess over. Recommended reading.