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6 Responses

  1. Mark
    Mark June 19, 2006 at 7:47 am |

    But… but… but…

    I keep hearing that skinny = healthy!

    Cancer… what? Health Insurance is HIGH because we don’t take care of ourselves! We need to be SKINNY!!!

    Ugh….

  2. not me
    not me June 19, 2006 at 8:26 am |

    This is just messed up.

    I know a woman who is convinced that losing 8 pounds a week due to a medicine she is taking, is healthy and a good thing.

  3. Kat
    Kat June 19, 2006 at 9:34 am |

    Damn. Is a size 12 really that big? Is a being a size 2 really that desirable?

    What if the patient had started out as a size 2 and then had to have her stomach removed to avoid cancer? Would the article glamourize the weight loss then?

    Sad that the obsession with being skinny creeps into this family’s struggle with a serious health issue.

  4. firefalluk
    firefalluk June 19, 2006 at 11:22 am |

    What if the patient had started out as a size 2 and then had to have her stomach removed to avoid cancer? Would the article glamourize the weight loss then?

    of course – after all, she’d be dead glamorous … and just plain dead

  5. KnifeGhost
    KnifeGhost June 19, 2006 at 12:41 pm |

    I mean, if it was from 12 to 8, it would make my eye twitch, but losing 4 dress sizes od weight, well, it happens. But 12 to 2? A very average size to a very supermodel size? It happens, and it’s certainly not her fault. But is it really something we need to celebrate?

    Glad you found it interesting (IE: annoying).

  6. JenDave
    JenDave June 19, 2006 at 4:22 pm |

    A few sentences after the “upside” comment, the author of the article mentions that Sindt has had to change her exercise habits, cutting out running and being careful not to work out too hard. Why? Because if she gets too much exercise, her weight starts to plummet again. So she can’t hardly eat, and she can’t hardly exercise, but at least she’s skinny, right?

    This stood out for me, because it so clearly belies the assertion that thinness is valuable because it signfies fitness and health.

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