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Smart Talk: Why do we dislike our bodies?; Health Smart on mental illness

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 18, 2015 9:35 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 18, 2015:

Fat-shaming and Dad bods are two terms that are relatively new.  

Fat shaming is a type of bias or bullying towards people who are fat or overweight.  Often it happens on social media websites.  And women are most often the targets.

According to Vox, "Dad bod" is a male body type that is best described as "softly round." It's built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn't need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.

If you detect a double standard, so do many others.

In western culture, thin women are considered most attractive while those who are larger are often thought to be lazy and who don't take care of themselves.

Dr. Amy Farrell, a professor of American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Dickinson College, who wrote the book Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body is our guest on Thursday's Smart Talk.


Dr. Amy Farrell

Also, the latest installment of WITF-TV's award-winning Health Smart program airs Thursday night at 8.  It focuses on mental illness.

Producer/host Keira McGuire tells us more about the show and we'll hear the story of a local man who has battled depression for the past two decades.

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  • Colin Green img 2015-06-18 09:46

    Dr. Amy Farrell should be a politician. She talks around any question or point that doesn't support her cause.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-18 11:18

    Erika observes...
    I was listening to the program in my car and it struck me that fat shaming might also be thought of as a form of “poor shaming.” We shame fat people more as we associate fatness with low social status, and it wouldn’t be wrong to notice that weight does correlate with lower social status and with lower levels of education. I know that in my highly educated circles of friends it is not acceptable to bring in a pile of junk food for lunch, whereas my husband, who is a nurse, works in a subculture where no one bats an eye when a person makes a statement that they hate [all!] vegetables. Most people don’t love vegetables like they love candy, but some people—usually with more education—are taught to learn to like them and their peer group frowns on expressing that you don’t. And so you acquire that taste like you do other not-immediately-palatable things like coffee and beer.

    One problem with our idea of “shaming” is that we see it as something individual, psychological—we “feel ashamed” or we make other people feel ashamed. But that’s too narrow a way of understanding it. There is an individual, personal experience, but shaming is also a social mechanism—a tool that groups use to maintain their hierarchies. We shame people to put them in their place, to attack status—the fitness of a person to belong in a social group, or to claim certain social privileges. And we as part of this society participate in it--consciously and unconsciously. We treat fatness is like a sign, but it’s really a code for moral qualities, intellectual qualities, economic status, social privilege--the real “goods” that we are scrapping with each other for. We use fatness as “proof” of someone’s laziness or lack of discipline, or poverty, or lack of sophistication, and so exclude them on that basis. I believe that if we understand better what we’re doing—look at some of our own assumptions—maybe we can do something about it, and work to be more compassionate and just.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-18 11:41

    Manuel writes...
    One issue I have is the portrayal of overweight people in the media. The fat guy is always the butt of jokes and less-intelligent and something to be mocked and laughed at. It is presented to overweight people that they are supposed to laugh along with the people making fun of them and not reveal the pain this mocking causes for the character, and for the person watching.

    Also, if you look at suicide rates among larger celebrities… it is quite revealing.

  • melvin img 2016-02-29 02:59

    Yes i do agree with your words. In many places women are being targeted fort heir physical appearance as when they were obese. This truly making them to feel depressed according to the ninja research paper writers and still research is continued on this subject.