"We have a huge diet industry, a $60 billion diet industry that really reinforces that idea that we're not a sufficient person if we are not thin." — Dickinson College professor Amy Farrell was on the "Colbert Report" last week discussing her new book, “Fat Shame.”
Farrell notes a cultural shift about 120 years ago when poor and middle class were able to put on fat that the perception became a problem.
Professor Farrell shared some of the history that associating fat with shame is a relatively new phenomena in history. This goes back to when fat meant you could eat well, and not everybody could back then.
Perhaps we could adjust our perception of food where the poor and middle class are a lot less fat, where fattening food cost more than healthy food.