PICTURE the scene, if you will.
Two thousand fatties waddling down Manchester’s Deansgate, proudly waving sausage rolls and McDonald’s flags and chanting, “Lard is lovely”.
Fat pride is dangerous for the nation’s healthCredit: Alamy
Fat-shaming is bad — but being fat, and unhealthy, is worseCredit: Getty
It could very well happen. Soon.
“Fat Pride” has hit America, and is lumbering its way to these shores.
Colorado is set to become the first state in 50 years to ban “fat phobia” by law, with politicians planning rules that will add a person’s weight to the list of characteristics, such as age, race and sexual orientation, that are protected from discrimination.
The Fat Acceptance Movement is a very real thing — and as dangerous as it is ludicrous.
An employer who fails to give an oversized desk, for example, to a big-boned worker could very well find themselves sued.
Similarly, it’s curtains for an airline which does not accommodate a size 24 passenger.
Or game over for a restaurant that does not provide big enough booths to a (very) hungry customer.
New York has just introduced laws banning businesses from discriminating against fat people.
They come after a lawsuit brought on by a 28st A&E doctor who claimed she had been illegally sacked over concerns she could not stand long enough to treat patients.
On what planet are we living?
Today, 26 per cent of us in the UK are clinically fat, and weight-related admissions to hospital are up more than 15 per cent since 2021.
There is a direct link between obesity and cancer, and the NHS is increasingly over-run by health-related conditions caused by our nation’s inability to control what it shoves down its collective gullet.
Body positivity is quite literally a growing trend among Gen Z, and singers such as Lizzo have been quick to celebrate diversity of size.
To be clear, we should be championing people of all shapes and sizes — so long as they are healthy and not harming themselves or anyone else.
The heroin chic of the Nineties was abhorrent.
Thankfully, young girls today do not grow up thinking they need to be a size 8 to be pretty.
But they MUST aspire to be healthy.
Fat-shaming is bad — but being fat, and unhealthy, is worse.
Health officials and politicians, facing an ever-growing public backlash, are too scared to speak out.
No one wants a nanny state. But no one wants a fat one, either.
Woke eating woke
Instead, as we are forced to tighten the purse strings, and let out the waistbands, Buy One Get One Free deals are everywhere.
It’s cheaper, and easier, to buy a pasty, packet of crisps and Coke than it is a free-range chicken and some veg.
Not everyone can afford a Peloton or a gym membership.
But the great outdoors is available to everyone (with the obvious exception of those battling serious health conditions, or with crippling disabilities).
And the Government needs to be doing more to actively encourage us to exercise.
Less Eat Out To Help Out, more Walk Out . . .
It is possible to be fit and fat, but there is a difference between being a bit chunky and gorging on Deliveroo 24/7.
Smoking indoors in public places was banned in 2007 and nicotine addicts must now huddle outdoors to get their fill.
Smoking is a very real addiction, just like over-eating, but we do not celebrate it with social media campaigns and Smoking Pride marches.
New stats published this week show one in five babies was delivered by emergency C-section last year, with experts suggesting it is a result of rising rates of obesity.
Slowly, our growing fat epidemic is eating us up.
But if Fat Pride is allowed to flourish, it will be a case of woke eating woke.
It is time people got real — and stop cheer-leading laziness and illness.
THE late Diana Rigg made an impassioned plea for assisted dying to be legalised shortly before her “truly awful” death from cancer in 2020.
Her talented actress daughter Rachael Stirling has just released a statement, recorded by her mother, calling for people to be given “true agency over their bodies at the end of life”.
Diana Rigg made an impassioned plea for assisted dying to be legalisedCredit: Getty
The actress died of cancer in 2020Credit: Getty
It is currently illegal in the UK to assist someone’s death, no matter how much pain they are in.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again . . .
We put our pets down when they’re suffering.
And it hurts.
But we do it because we love them.
Of course it is a thorny subject, and of course it needs a strident framework to prevent abuse.
But in progressive 2023 it is madness to make those with horrific, painful, terminal conditions prolong their suffering.
The law needs revisiting.
TAYLOR SWIFT has been named Time magazine’s person of the year, an accolade usually given to heads of state or titans of industry.
Obvs people have been snotty about it.
Taylor Swift is Time magazine’s person of the yearCredit: Getty
This is a truly inspirational young woman at the very top of her game, a passionate, warts ’n’ all songwriter who has been streamed 26BILLION times.
Taylor does so much more than just write songs about Harry Styles.
She’s not a woman who aspires to be fancied by men.
Taylor defied her management team to hit out at Donald Trump, alienating redneck America in the process, and has written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal.
Plus, Love Story is a total banger.
DOES Rishi Sunak’s mildly ludicrous WhatsApp claim have a touch of the Rebekah Vardy/North Sea about it?
The PM’s suggestion that “messages have not come across” as he changed his mobile a few times is the political equivalent of Ms Vardy’s agent accidentally dropping her phone off the back of a boat.
All he needs to do now is flog some stories about Wayne and Coleen.
PEAK compo culture has been reached.
Last week a pub worker with arthritis sued for disability discrimination after claiming the Henry Hoover she had been asked to clean with was “too heavy”.
A pub worker has sued for disability discrimination after claiming the Henry Hoover she had been asked to clean with was ‘too heavy’
In rare scenes of common sense, the tribunal dismissed her ludicrous Henry complaints, but did award her almost £3,000 for being fired without any proper process over her health concerns.
Why would anyone in this day and age want to be a small business owner if these are the risks?
NIGEL FARAGE could well yet prove the real winner of I’m A Celeb.
The point here is that despite luvvie lefties doing their best to denigrate and mock him, vast swathes of the population do, it would appear, agree with his stance on immigration.
Many Brits agree with Nigel Farage’s stance on immigrationCredit: Rex
Mr Brexit does have some unpalatable views.
But Rishi needs to wake up to the fact this country has the highest net migration figures on record.
The viewing public has spoken – the Government needs to listen.
USUALLY when high-profile politicians leave office they re-emerge looking ten years younger, sun-kissed and fit as a fiddle.
Not so Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson looked jaded at the Covid EnquiryCredit: Reuters
For the first time last week we saw a pale, contrite, sub-form BJ.
He looked older, shattered, more jowly and generally more worn down at what was the de facto Dock of Covid.
Gone was the showman, the man playing for laughs and mocking the electorate with his obscure Latin phrases and all-round arrogance.
It’s clear the past three years have beaten him down and, finally, he looks like a man wrestling with his very soul.
Which, let’s face it, he probably should be.
When asked if the Government’s decision-making led to a greater number of excess deaths, he paused before answering: “I don’t know.”
It was the most honest we have ever seen Boris Johnson.
And ironically, it’s this Boris that could, and very well may, see him return to the political front line.