Breaking babies' bones: Radio 4CRB 89.3FM interviews Lydia about the growing 'obesity crisis'

Recently there have been a spate of headlines fueling hysteria towards the obesity epidemic: “Doctors forced to break babies bones to deliver them safely” cries one, while just last week another headline screamed “Even one extra kilo raises death risk!

We’re also seeing increasing problems with conflicts of interest in obesity research, leading to harmful health promotion strategies being implemented by the very organisations that are designed to protect us. For example, just last week the FDA approved lowering the minimum BMI for lap-banding surgery in the US.

What the FDA casually glossed over was that the meeting was held at the request of Allergan (a major lap-banding manufacturer). Allergan also conducted the study that was presented to the advisory committee, had its own stockholder chair the meeting, all in full knowledge that the lowering of minimum BMI would give Allergan a further 30 million potential clients -and that’s just in the US alone!

This is all getting very fishy … especially when we see the potential dangers of lap-banding surgery so frequently minimised.

Admist the cries to halt the obesity epidemic, we are simulatenously hearing increasing concerns about the harms of obesity prevention: that the continual promotion of body shame and hysteria towards fatness is leading to increased cases of eating disorders. So, what to do? What is the best way to promote health when it seems so easy to tilt the scales too far one way or the other?

Co-director Lydia Jade Turner discusses this very issue with Anita Tibbertsma from Queensland Radio 4CRB 89.3FM – listen to her advice herePart 1 Part 2

See also:

Child obesity epidemic exaggerated, says expert

Heavier and healthier: end the obesity panic

6 responses to “Breaking babies' bones: Radio 4CRB 89.3FM interviews Lydia about the growing 'obesity crisis'

  1. lol, just the headline of those articles make me cringe … just one kilo puts people in danger? who are they kidding? i’ll be sure not to drink my 2 litres of water a day now, that way i can definitely avoid finding my weight up a notch! did they care about weight fluctuations during menstruation? bastards.

  2. oh btw i should say i am a fat pork chop myself, hence my name… i say the word fat to reclaim it, not to use in an abusive way

  3. this is so disturbing. i saw an article a couple of months ago where Allergan was seeking to push lap banding for teenagers as young as 14 … they are happily wrecking (in some cases, permanently) healthy bodies so they can fatten their wallets. whatever happened to that hippoocratic oath of ‘first, do no harm?’

  4. “Doctors forced to break babies bones to deliver them safely”–This makes me cringe; I think the “obesity epidemic” and societal attitudes towards the body is slowly and painfully becoming genocide.

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