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Let's help NPR sort things out

National Public Radio (NPR) is a vast network of local and university radio stations in the US; partly publicly funded, partly supported through on-line fundraising drives. NPR stations often feature programs that focus on classical music or jazz, and almost all carry the nationally distributed NPR news programs. It's the only radio news in the US that could be compared to the BBC in the UK or the CBC in Canada.

Right now, NPR news is running a series called Living Large; Obesity in America. The earlier articles on their website, including one where Leslie Kinzel is quoted, are from May. However, the series appears to be ongoing. Maybe we can still influence the direction it takes.

There's a form for public input, What does it mean to live in a nation where one out of every three people is obese?, at the Public Insight Network. Quotes from the form may be used in NPR website articles or on radio news reports. It asks the following questions:

  • What conversations do you have - or avoid having - about weight?
  • How, if at all, has our country's collective weight gain affected what you buy, how you travel or how you work and play?
  • What, if any, other changes to your daily life have you noticed that you didn't mention above?
  • Anything else you'd like to tell us about this topic?

The questions seem a bit leading to me. As I read them, I felt I was being encouraged to clutch my pearls and speak earnestly about the horrible scourge of size diversity. But, it's easy enough to answer them from a different perspective, and I'd urge BFB members - especially Americans, and especially NPR contributers - to put in their two cents.

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August 19th, 2011 | Link | Yet another indication that

Yet another indication that when it comes to viewing fat as a civil rights and social justice issue rather than a booga-booga health panic, liberals and progressives pick and choose their causes and are not the friends of fat people one might initially expect (or desire). Anyone who lives in the UK will know that although ITV, Sky etc and the other 'populist' commercial channels indulge in their fair share of fat demonisation, it's the 'public service' BBC and Channel 4 which take the production and dissemination of fatphobic propaganda to an entirely different level (and annoyingly, used public funds to do so). Like the rest of the supposedly 'intelligent' end of the media spectrum, NPR seem to rank us alongside poverty, climate change etc as a structural social problem requiring a top-down 'solution' dreamed up by expert minds, minds seemingly oblivious the suggestion of asking US how WE want to be 'dealt with' (hint: as people rather problems).

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - George Orwell

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