Isaac Martinez as featured on My 600-Lb Life I used to watch My 600-Lb Life as a kid. I don’t know why. Even 10-year-old me recognized that the show was extremely depressing. But, for whatever reason, whenever it showed up on TLC and I had nothing else to do, I stopped and watched. If you … Continue reading When Does This End? Obesity and Corporate Food Culture in America
Back in 2017, the television show “13 Reasons Why” aired. The show presented the story of a fictional teenage girl, Hannah, who leaves behind 13 recordings on her cassette after killing herself. Each recording blames a person who supposedly played a role in Hannah’s decision to commit suicide… Dark, I know. The show drew massive … Continue reading Muddling of Mental Illness
(Graphic Courtesy of The New York Times) When thinking of American politics and society over the past couple years I think we can all agree there has been a trend of wanting to return to “normal”. From Donald Trump promising an idyllic vision of the past or Biden promising a return to Obama years it … Continue reading Redefining “Normal” During and After the Coronavirus
In what light does society view a binge-drinker? What about a Juul user? A tanning booth user? Someone who doesn’t use a seatbelt, or use sunscreen? Most notably - what about a “fat” person? Binge-drinking, Juuling, tanning, and other unhealthy behaviors are arguably normalized (and perhaps even culturally praised). People put their health at risk … Continue reading Health at Every Size?
TRIGGER WARNING: MENTIONS OF EATING DISORDERS This is the story of every person I have ever met. Well, not every person, but a vast majority. Weight governs how people see themselves and how they live their life. As a culture, we have been conditioned to care about the numbers on the scale, whether we see … Continue reading The Fault in Our Scales