Off Message: The days of policing people’s bodies are over

Even the glossy magazines realise that fat-shaming is out of fashion. But, more than ever, we need to police our government’s lax attitude towards obesity

2nd February, 2020
Off Message: The days of policing people’s bodies are over
Lizzo on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine: the singer insists on being seen, flab and all, and that's a wonderful thing

Are programmes about dieting and body transformations as popular as they used to be? I'm aware that television stations are still commissioning them, but I don't know if they fit the mood of the times any longer. My sense now is that we're more Dermot Bannon, less Operation Transformation. Our interests have changed: we‘ve gone from focusing on the externals of our bodies to focusing on the externals of our bathroom extensions.


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