Sorry I haven’t written much of substance here this week, y’all. All my righteous ranting energy went into this yesterday, and quite frankly, I’m just a little burnt out on absorbing fat hate enough to respond to it right now. Rest assured, I will recover soon and be back rantier than ever, but every now and then, I just have to take a break from it, or I will lose my fucking mind. The good news is, you guys seem to be doing just fine without me, so here, have some more stuff to discuss.
2) Aaaand back to the horror (H/T one of the Rowans):
To curtail Japan’s overweight population, the Japanese health ministry recently mandated that all waistlines among its 56 million workers over age 40 be below “regulation size” of 33.5 inches (for men). Any company failing to bring its employees’ weight under control–as well as the weights of their family members–will be fined up to 10% of its earnings by the government.
3) Pakistan is in danger of a food shortage, which is just awful, and I don’t mean to trivialize the very serious point of this article. But I must remark on one interesting detail:
The [World Food Programme] estimates that anyone consuming less than 2,350 calories per day is below the food security line.
Fascinating. (H/T Shapeling Jennifer.)
4) Stop the presses: thin people get heart disease, too. Another stab in the heart of the BMI, but wouldn’t it be swell if they called it something other than “normal-weight obesity”? (H/T Shapeling CJ.)
Update: 5) The Rotund is looking for a co-blogger!
Update 2: Feeling burnt out yourself? Go watch A BABY OTTER DOING BABY OTTER THINGS.