Fat and Immobility
There've been a few stories in the news lately of fat people who are immobile - one 1,072 pound man was getting weight loss surgery, and the other was allegedly grafted to her couch. These articles provided nice fodder for those who dislike or can not comprehend fat acceptance, but at least one group of folks (hi, fark!) wondered if BFB would cover these articles.
My first inclination is to say no, but here's why: it's my opinion that these stories do nothing more than elicit a response of pity, fear, hatred, and disdain. They almost always treat these people as objects. Objects to feel sad about. Objects to fear. The presentation and interpretation of these peoples' lives is quite questionable. To my eyes, these are akin to the circus featuring a fat lady.
So that brings me to the question of the point of newscasts covering these things. I wonder if it's all a reminder: we may be fat, but we're not that fat. And thank God for that! Because then we'd need holes cut out of our walls to get us out, and so forth. I don't want this to be misinterpreted to mean that I feel these people are healthy. If you're immobile, that's a part of your health that is gone right there. But the greater point I'm making is that these people are extremes.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel there's a place for these stories at BFB, and why or why not?