Voice of Reason, Shriek of Insanity by Mary Stein
A very pleasant surprise awaited me on the editorial pages of the April 18th issue of the Akron Beacon Journal in the form of a letter to the editor from none other than esteemed Fat activist Deb Lemire.
Deb’s well written counter-argument to a story on a local hospital’s bariatric surgery center, framed as a human interest/health story offering gastrointestinal mutilation as the modern ‘cure’ for ‘obesity,’ contained many facts from many main-stream sources that are typically cited by alarmists and haters, such as the CDC, the Mayo Clinic, and the FDA. By using the same sources as those who advocate the surgical elimination of the stomach, she effectively calls into question their use of these sources, shedding light on their career-boosting and profit-driven biases.
Not stopping there, Deb goes on to challenge the paper itself for placing the story on the front page of the April 2nd issue, calling them on why an article about the local bariatric center took precedent over issues like war, poverty, or education, stating, “… the placement of the article tells the community that the most important thing going on in the world is the opportunity to lose weight.”