“Marie Claire” wonders if “fatties should get a room”

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Hey, people! Are you overweight? If so, you might need to seriously think about the sensibilities of thin people when you're making out. Because it might be gross for them, you know? At least it is for Maura Kelly, a writer who was tasked with enduring a few episodes of Mike & Molly, the new (bad, it must be said) sitcom about a couple who meets at Overeaters Anonymous. To wit:

My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy.

She goes on to mention that while she isn't size-ist, while comparing a fat person walking across a room to a heroin addict walking across a room. (She even actually says she has fat friends. Do people not know that's a terrible argument?) She also mentions that obese people cost us a "ton" of money (her words, not mine) in health care costs. How did this get published? Some thoughts:

  1. I'm sure you don't drink, smoke, or take part in any activity that could break your bones. You probably just sit at home, Maura, to save us all some healthcare costs.
  2. It's not your body, please shut it.

I don't even like Mike & Molly (it's no Huge), but this is just ridiculous. Do I think we should stress that people eat healthy? Yes. That's just common sense. Do I think the right way to do it is to say that fat people kissing disgust me? No.