WTF? Here’s a good Monday Morning WTF moment for you. Not only is the entirety of this Oh-So-Cleverly crafted article on childhood obesity and how it is now the Schools’ Fault just full of head-shakingly biased assumptions and mis-information; but it ends with this statement that just made my head boggle: “And there are very few fat dancers”. This as the cool whip of snide derision to top the cake of social stereotypes and Think About the Children tripe that makes up this wondrous article extolling the virtues of adding strength training to school fitness programs; since studies are showing that just running around aerobically doesn’t seem to be “combating” Soaring Obesity Rates in Children! (Wait, what’s that? Obesity Rates AREN’T spiraling Out of Control? There IS no Epidemic? “Children are no fatter than they were 10 years ago, prompting experts to warn the focus on an obesity “epidemic” is increasing the rate of eating disorders?” Pish Posh I say, just LOOK at all those chubbies running around! Anecdotal evidence is KING! This can’t be just another attempt to keep that sinking Obesity Scare Panic balloon afloat, you’re just in denial!)
Now I can’t even summon the energy to address what I feel has been so eloquently covered numerous times over before by others willing to go even more in depth than I; namely the myth that Childhood Obesity and the resulting Poor Health and Early Death is some sort of doubling, tripling (over the 10 years during which BMI cut-offs were arbitarily adjusted lower) We KNOW It to Be the TRUTH so Stop Denying it Fatties reality that just isn’t being addressed loudly enough for the public to care about how damaging it is to Just have SOOO many visible fatties roaming the planet… ThinkOfTheChildrenTM!
And let’s not focus on the fact that what SHOULD be the most disturbing in this article is perhaps this line:
“(New York City) public schools have gym only once a week,”
I can’t imagine being a teacher in a public school when kids aren’t allowed the chance to physically blow off steam for an hour or half an hour each day! What about focusing on the dire lack of physically engaging options available to ALL students as a means of remaining physically active instead of focusing on this idea that kids run around only to lose weight?? And then it looks like Diane Gallagher, who has been trying to introduce dance as a fun activity into schools has COMPLETELY the right idea about just keeping people active with FUN activities, for it’s own sake:
“My goal is to introduce kids to the pleasure of dance,” Gallagher said. “There are no wrong answers in dance.”
YES! Perfect! YES! Moving around is fun. Do it because your body loves to do it! But then the editor has to take that last jibe and ruin what could be a perfectly healthy mental approach to dance and physical activities in schools by adding:
And there are very few fat dancers.
Well maybe I’m one of those “Few” but I’d like to argue against this article’s assumption and assert that since the visual reality of What is “Fat” would likely give a double-take reaction, let’s go out and say that No, actually, there are PLENTY of fat dancers. Asserting that there aren’t is just WRONG and assumes that the only dancers who ARE fat just haven’t been dancing long enough and will Someday Be Thin; that all any Overweight or Obese person really is boils down to one fewer bite of food and one more salsa number away from Thin Beautiful Perfection. Well the heck with that nonsense.
Everyone should dance: from the tips of their toes up to the top of their heads! Dance like everyone is watching and clapping, dance like no one is watching and you are moving to express your own inner rhythm. Dance because it Just Feels Good! So on behalf of the “Very Few” of us who are actually the average (The AVERAGE woman is overweight); here’s this here Round Shape’s own fat dancer doing her best to enjoy the pleasures of dance.
(This IS the Chicken Dance polka done as a belly dance choreography. You HAVE been warned…)