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Anti-obesity: the new homophobia

by Patt Morrison

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks and answers questions at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, July 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Are they born that way? Is it a lifestyle choice?

These are common questions surrounding the cultural acceptance of homosexuality, an acceptance that has evolved significantly in the last half-century. But they also apply to another cultural phenomenon that touches us all: The obesity epidemic.

With the appearance — and ridicule — of obese New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the GOP Convention this week, the obesity question is now front and center: Do we as a society accept people as obese? Do we wish to enact laws — societal priorities — to “cure” the obese as was once thought acceptable for homosexuals?


Would we ever accept an obese person as a national leader, a position that has required a telegenic/photogenic aesthetic since the dawn of mass media.?


Professor Paul Campos, law professor, author and journalist currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder. Wrote the piece comparing anti-obesity attitudes with now-dismissed, decades-old attitudes about homosexuality as a condition to be cured.

James Rainey, LA Times Reporter, who recently wrote about Governor Chris Christie’s girth.

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