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Metabo versus The Media

The catchy new Japanese word for obesity is metabo, short for "metabolic disorder". It's a significant health issue nowadays ... but predating it is an apparent obsession in movies, on TV, etc. with anorexia — and a corresponding bias against fat people, who are frequently depicted as lazy, evil, incompetent, etc. Recently when an overweight friend noted this media tendency, I quipped back, "So the Thin Man is getting you down!"

(cf. Simple Art of Murder (4 Dec 2005), The Thin Man (2006-01-21), ...) - ^z - 2008=06-28


(correlates: Appliances All the Way Down, Trouble Is My Business, AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs, ...)