Capitalism and the weight loss industry

It is incredibly frustrating when the radical Left buys into the weight loss industry’s propaganda without even bothering to question it.

I know this comes as a shock to a lot of people, based on the constant negative rhetoric surrounding fat people, but fatness as a disease is a very recent development. ‘Obesity’ was only classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013. Not even two years ago.

The weight loss industry had been pushing for the reclassification since the 1990s. They wanted it & they paid for it & they eventually got it.

Why is this important? Because it means BIG money to the diet lobby. It means money from the government & from insurance.

This is not now & never has been about the health of fat people. It is about extracting the maximum amount of money from the system. When individual people aren’t kicking in enough money to feed the beast, the weight loss industry will go extract it from the government.

The weight loss industry has always made its money off pain & suffering & the fear of stigma. They are happy to pay whatever amount to whoever it takes to ratchet up the stigma. Making sure fat people are seen as a disease and a burden on the system is an investment in their business.

Sell people a product that won’t fix a problem (that isn’t actually a problem). The problem is never solved, so the market for the cure never goes away. AND! The customer blames themselves for the product’s failure.

Who cares if some of those customers die from weight loss surgery complications or diet pills that were improperly approved or from eating disorders? It’s SO MUCH money.

They have found a way to monetize an existing hatred & stigma. And since people seem to need to have someone to kick in the teeth — business is good.

Taxpayers will pay for it. Fat people will suffer & die & be blamed for their own suffering.

And the weight loss companies will be rich beyond measure.

As the weight loss industry extracts resources from the system that could be used instead for something good or useful- fat people are blamed.

These companies take and take and return only pain and suffering and death.

And we allow it. Because… capitalism. There will be winners and there will be losers! And if you are fat- prepare to lose.

The weight loss industry is a perfect examples of the brutality of capitalism. Buying into it is not very radical at all.

(Originally published as a blog post on 1/24/15.)