“The vote of the A.M.A. House of Delegates went against the conclusions of the association’s Council on Science and Public Health, which had studied the issue over the last year. The council said that obesity should not be considered a disease mainly because the measure usually used to define obesity, the body mass index, is simplistic and flawed.”
“Without a single, clear, authoritative, and widely accepted definition of disease, it is difficult to determine conclusively whether or not obesity is a medical disease state,” the council told the AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates. “Similarly, a sensitive and clinically practical diagnostic indicator of obesity remains elusive.”
So let’s get this straight - the AMA council on Science and Public Health is AGAINST the classification of obesity as a “disease” (hey, look! proof! warning for headless fatties!) - but you know, fuck that, BECAUSE OF REASONS THAT HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MONEY AND CORRUPTION THAT STARTS IN AMERICAN DOCTORS OFFICES.
In case you didn’t know - along with this announcement comes the release of two new diet products, being pushed in conjunction with the media push surrounding the AMA’s “opinion”.
“Two new obesity drugs — Qsymia from Vivus, and Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai — have entered the market in the last year. Qsymia has not sold well for a variety of reasons, including poor reimbursement and distribution restrictions imposed because of concerns that the drug can cause birth defects. Those restrictions are now being relaxed. Belviq went on sale only about a week ago, so it is too early to tell how it is doing.”
WLS and diet products are big business and pharmaceutical companies looking to MAKE MONEY - which the AMA is feeding directly into, and has been for a long time.
The pressure has been turned up. The fatty political movements will feel the blow, as will the nature of our society, which is fragile enough as it is when we are in a state of feeling constant shame about our bodies and health.
But fuck all if you think we’re about to be silent about it.
Posts tagged bullshit.
A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because they once created a show and cast my good friend Jeff Davis on it, so how bad can they be.
Why’d Sony want me gone? I can’t answer that because I’ve been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven’t called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don’t want to hear what their complaints are because I’m sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I’d be listening for free.
I do want to correct a couple points of spin, now that I’m free to do so:
The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he’s sure I’m going to be involved somehow, something like that. That’s a misquote. I think he meant to say he’s sure cookies are yummy, because he’s never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn’t call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn’t call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn’t call to ask if I was going to be involved. I’m not saying it’s wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I’m just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.
You must go read this whole thing.
I don’t know WTF they’re thinking at NBC, and I don’t know why they’d be so shitty to Dan Harmon, but I do know this:
WT ACTUAL F.
Bachmann says that European immigrants “did not come here for the promise of a federal handout … or a welfare payment.” Instead, they came here for the “limitless opportunity” that the “most magnificent country” in history afforded them. Well, actually, European immigrants did get special federal handouts in the form of white-only citizenship rights: Germans, Greeks, Jews, Irish, Poles and Italians were never barred from the “white only” military, voter rolls, juries or federal jobs, unlike people of color. Keep in mind that citizenship itself was limited to “free white persons.” When more than 90 percent of black people were enslaved in the U.S., the Homestead Act of 1862 gave millions of acres of land to white immigrants. Yep, federal handouts.
This is why I get so sick of white people claiming their ancestors never benefited from slavery or racism. Pick up a damned history book or three and read, or kindly shut the entire fuck up when we talk about white privilege in America.
Why are people so mean to feminists? Because so much of feminism is the fine art of calling bullshit, and calling bullshit makes people uncomfortable.
-It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments by Amanda Marcotte (via kellytheowl)
My favorite things about this news are that a) it’s got Huckleberry Finn trending on Twitter and b) the twitter responses to this news.
@JimNorton New editions of Huckleberry Finn will not have THE N WORD in it. Huck’s pal will now be called Talks-Loud-In-Movie-Theaters Jim.
@LouBrutus In forthcoming editions of Huckleberry Finn ”Injun Joe” will be referred to as “Washington Redskin Joe.”
@JimNorton Since they’re updating books, instead of Huckleberry Finn, why don’t they start with the Bible?
@ArchAzrael: This is worse than if they had just burned the damned book
@HardcoreClimax They’re gonna replace the N word in Huckleberry Finn to Slave. Somehow, Nugget would have been my first choice. Nuggy for gangsters.@LegendOfTheEpic They’re removing all uses of the ‘N’ word from Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.” Still no word on Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday.”
My least favorite thing about this news, of course, is that it’s happening in the first place. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is a phrase that keeps coming to mind here.
I don’t understand how people can decide that this is something important that needs to be made PC right now (when anyone who’s read the book knows that Twain used the word intentionally and satirically to make a point), and yet gay marriage still isn’t legal.
Bullshit seems to be the internet theme of the day.
Inspired because of this.