Weighty matters

Bill Oldfield

Fat person So who’s fault is it?

So, it’s official. Clothes are now to be sold in four sizes: small, medium large and normal. It appears that along with 60 being the new 40, fat is now the new normal. What next: uneducated being the new clever?

But, weird as it may sound, uneducated is promoted as clever and, dare I say, aspirational. Listening to the radio, watching the TV, reading the papers promotes the impression that we revel in our lack of knowledge and, based on poor information, bad decision making.

If most commentators and interviewers are to be believed, the new size normal is to be blamed on those nasty food companies, retailers, restaurants and sugar makers. And in a debate on Radio 2 this week, Jeremy Vine was even heard to say he couldn’t remember what being a vegan meant; was it someone who only ate vegetables and fish?…

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