Dr. Regina M. Benjamin for Surgeon General
When I first read this article, I imagined all the commentary I could make such as pointing out particular aspects of fat acceptance and fat hating. Moreover, I thought about creating a pictorial montage of all the fat men (Newt Gingrich and Ted Kennedy come to mind) who have been given influential positions without anyone questioning how their fat will affect their ability to govern the people. Then, I considered limiting that pictorial montage to previous male Surgeon Generals, who were not all thin. Finally, I said fuck it. You know why? Because skinny (and skinny-identified people) has been the face of approval and authority since the beginning of when, and still obesity has climbed to a record-breaking 34%. In other words, obesity increased on the skinny folks watch. That’s right. Obesity has increased under the rule of the skinny and the skinny-identified. So how is it that the skinny folks think they have a right to demand by manufactured outrage that the next Surgeon General be thin as well? It is like hiring a CEO who has bankrupted all the previous companies that he was CEO of, to get a new company out of debt.
If obesity is so bad, and I am not using this as an opportunity to debate the merits or faults of obesity, just saying/asking if obesity is so bad, then why would I ever cosign to hiring someone from a group (skinny people) that has obviously failed to stop obesity from increasing when they were on watch?
I know nothing of Dr. Regina M. Benjamin politics; however, she has my full support, —just because.
Critics and supporters across the blogsphere (sic) have commented on photos of Benjamin’s round cheeks, saying she sends the wrong message as the public face of America’s health initiatives.