It looks like a page out of damage control 101. They’re trying to disarm the public.Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on whether or not he believes the Coca-Cola Company’s new ad initiatives that remind audiences of its “record of providing drinks with fewer calories,” implying that soda is not the sole cause of obesity in America.
Local news anchor gets super-rude message from viewer about her weight. Husband posts it on Facebook. Community responds, saying they have the anchor’s back. Viewer gets called out in four-minute comment on TV show. If you want to reach through your screen to give this woman a high-five, we’re with you. (ht Romenesko)
» The U.S. is making everyone look fatter: According to the study, published Monday in a British medical journal and researched by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Americans have a disproportionate amount of weight to the rest of the world. In fact, using numbers from the World Health Organization, the study noted that the average weight of people around the world is 137 pounds, but in North America it’s a much-huskier 178 pounds. In particular, Asia is a little on the svelte side, having 61 percent of the world’s population but just 13 percent of the weight caused by obesity. (edit to clarify; thanks BC)
longertweets says: I don't see a problem with the ladies of The View criticizing Chris Christie for being fat. I think in this day and age if you can expect your leader to be morally righteous, by not being involved in extramarital affairs, the least you can do is expect them to be healthy. I don't know why the media has not made more of an issue about his weight. Everyone can point out that people are too young, too old, too much of a woman to run for office but it's taboo to say someone's too fat to run?
» SFB says: Chris Christie's weight isn't his politics. End of story. Sure, he could be healthier, but we should be accepting of people different from us. (And who claims people are “too much of a woman”? Age arguments are slightly more understandable, but kind of in the same boat.) It’s a cop-out when there are more important issues. There are so many better reasons to criticize him than for his weight, and if it were any other job in the country where mental agility was the key requirement, precluding someone from this job for this reason would be discriminatory. If that’s what we focus on as a society, we’re a terrible society. — Ernie @ SFB
I want to be able to say, meaningfully, ‘Bring it, fat boy!’ If you can’t honestly say, ‘Bring it, fat boy!’ then the terrorists have won.David Letterman • Talking about Chris Christie, and in the process, ticking us off for similar reasons that the women of “The View” did. You want to make fun of Chris Christie? Find a better reason than his weight, buck tooth. He’s given you plenty of ammo.