The anti-obesity activist MeMe Roth's secrets to being skinny is by associating eating with rape; thus, not eating; and running a minimum of four miles a day - something she thinks everybody should follow.
MeMe Roth has made her name "calling people fat" (like Jordin Sparks) and throwing away ice cream toppings at her child's YMCA. Her real name is actually Meridith Clements, but she decided to adapt the "MeMe", her great-grandmother's name, because she wants to "change the cultural MeMes that have ushered in this era of obesity."
Roth isn't very good at analysis: when she's asked if government food subsidies play a role in rising obesity rates, Roth replies that "high fructose corn syrup" is to blame. Uh.. right. She takes dieting and obesity to another level when she says:
The defence has been made in the case of sex criminals that there is
pleasure on the part of the victim. The same is true with what we're
doing with food. We may abuse our bodies with food, but it's incredibly
pleasurable. From a food marketer's point of view, when your quote
unquote victim is so willing and enjoying of the process, who's
Roth must have some serious food issues, because she thinks eating is like being raped. In short, Roth dispises fat people. She talks about being ashamed of her "fat" mother while she was in kidnergarten. She claims that she's never been anorexic or been on a diet, but her views on food and body image are pretty distorted. When asked what she ate for lunch, her interview becomes awkward:
She squirms visibly. "You're taking me where I don't want to go ... What works for me doesn't work for a lot of people."
Well, you've said that, I insist, so taking that into account: lunch? Roth hesitates. "I discovered when I was in college that I work best when I get a workout in and eat after that. Sometimes I'll delay when I eat until I get a workout in. But I don't let a whole day go by without running four miles."
OK, I go on, but supposing you couldn't work out until four o'clock in the afternoon - would you not eat until after that?
I look at my watch. It's 3.30pm. Alarm bells start to ring in my head. How about today, I ask. Have you eaten at all today?
Roth is a little quiet.
"No," she says.
There is a pause.
"But I feel great!"
She's absolutely right when she says that "what works for her", not eating anything till after 3.30, won't work for most people. Roth wants us to punish ourselves and think of food as "evil". But we shouldn't. Food is there for us to eat, and enjoy. There are healthy ways that involve EATING to keep people from being obese, and Roth's analysis is not one of them.
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