Amy Farrell

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Amy Farrell says America's diet industry reinforces the culture of fat shame. (5:58)

I COULD LISTEN TO YOU DO THAT

ALL NIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]

FOLKS, MY GUEST TONIGHT WANTS US

TO STOP STIGMATIZING FAT PEOPLE.

I'LL ASK HER IF MY ASS LOOKS

STIGMATIZED IN THIS SUIT.

PLEASE WELCOME AMY FARRELL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE A

PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN STUDIES

AND WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

AT DICKINSON COLLEGE IN

PENNSYLVANIA.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW

BOOK CALLED "FAT SHAME" STIGMA

AND THE FAT BODY IN AMERICAN

CULTURE.

>> VERY GOOD.

THAT'S IT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: SO FEW GUESTS

PRAISE MY READING.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M LOOKING AT A.

>> I TEACH READING AND WRITING.

>> Stephen: DO YOU REALLY?

IS THAT A PROBLEM FOR FAT

PEOPLE?

IT'S A PROBLEM FOR A LOT OF

AMERICANS.

>> Stephen: A LOT OF AMERICANS

ARE A LITTLE OVERWEIGHT.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: YOU, TO ME YOU

DON'T SEEM QUALIFIED TO WRITE

THIS BOOK BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT

FAT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WELL, THE POINT IS I THINK

THAT ALL OF US MAYBE HAVE AN

INNER FAT PERSON LURKING INSIDE

OF US.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOU

SAYING?

>> AS IN WE'RE ALL --

>> Stephen: JUST SAY IT.

YOU THINK I'M FAT.

>> INCLUDING YOURSELF.

>> Stephen: FANTASTIC.

>> WE'RE ALL ANXIOUS ABOUT FAT

IN OUR CULTURE.

WE LIVE IN A CULTURE OF FAT.

>> Stephen: WE HAVE TO LOSE

WEIGHT ESPECIALLY NOW SUMMER IS

COMING, RIGHT?

PEOPLE ARE IN A PANIC IT'S MAY

ALREADY.

I HAVE TO GET DOWN TO MY 32'S.

>> YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

WE HAVE A HUGE DIET INDUSTRY, A

$60 BILLION DIET INDUSTRY THAT

REINFORCES THAT IDEA THAT WE'RE

NOT A SUFFICIENT PERSON IF WE'RE

NOT THIN.

IF WE'RE THIN WE'RE SUPERIOR AND

IF WE'RE FAT WE'RE AN INFERIOR

PERSON.

>> Stephen: YOU SAY THAT THE

DIET INDUSTRY REINFORCES THE

IDEA.

DON'T WE REINFORCE THE DID THE

INDICT INDUSTRY?

THE MARKET IS WINNING.

I EAT THE FAT FREE FIGURE

NEWTONS.

I EAT THE -- THAT'S ALL I EAT IS

THE FAT FREE FIGURE NEWTONS --

FIG NEWTONS.

I MARKET SAYS I SHOULD GET

THINNER.

>> THE DIET INDUSTRY WORKS WITH

THE CULTURE WHICH KNOWS IT'S BAD

TO BE FAT.

I SAY THAT WITH THE LITTLE MARKS

AROUND IT.

>> Stephen: TWO LITTLE BUNNIES

RIGHT THERE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

IT'S AN IDEA THAT HAS GAINED

STRENGTH IN THE LAST 120 YEARS.

>> Stephen: IT WAS NOT ALWAYS

A STIGMA TO BE FAT.

>> FAT USED TO BE A SIGN OF

WEALTH AND REALLY IT WASN'T

UNTIL MORE PEOPLE, POOR PEOPLE

AND MIDDLE CLASS ABLE WERE ABLE

TO BECOME FAT, WERE ABLE TO PUT

FAT ON OUR PODDIES THAT --

BODIES THAT IT BECAME A CULTURAL

PROBLEM.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HOW YOU

HAVE A CHESTER A. ARTHUR OR TAFT

, SUPERFAT PRESIDENT.

OBAMA COULD SLIP THROUGH THE

FENCE AT THE ZOO.

>> IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR A

CANDIDATE TO BE BECOME PRESIDENT

IF HE OR SHE WERE FAT,

ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: HUCKABEE IS OUT.

NEWT GINGRICH HAS A FEW POUNDS

ON HEM.

>> THEY SAY IT'S A PROBLEM.

IT STARTED EARLIER IN THE

COUNTRY'S HISTORY.

EVEN PRESIDENT CLEVELAND WHEN HE

WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT PEOPLE

WROTE EDITORIALS ABOUT HIM BEING

FAT AND IT WAS A SIGN OF HIS

CHARACTER THAT IT WAS SOMEHOW A

SIGN.

IN THE 19th CENTURY PEOPLE

WOULD STUDY PWOD SIGNS FOR YOUR

CHARACTER.

THE SIZE OF YOUR EAR MIGHT SHOW

YOU HAD CRIMINAL TENDENCIES.

IF YOU WERE THIN, SUPPOSEDLY IT

WAS A SIGN YOU HAD ARISTOCRATIC

BACKGROUND AND IF YOU WERE FAT,

WITH YOUR MORE PRIM STEF.

>> Stephen: A MURDERER.

>> NOT NECESSARILY BUT A

PROSTITUTE.

>> Stephen: FAT WOMEN WERE

PROSTITUTES?

>> I'M NOT SAYING THAT FAT WOMEN

WERE PROSTITUTES.

>> Stephen: FAT MEN WERE

PROSTITUTES?

WHO WAS THE PROSTITUTE?

>> THERE WAS A FEAR THAT FAT MEN

WERE A SIGN OF HOMOSEXUALITY,

ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: GROVER CLEVELAND

WAS GAME THAT'S THE NEWS YOU ARE

BREAKING RIGHT NOW.

THAT IS A STEREOTYPICALLY GAY

NAME: GROVER.

>> YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TURN YOUR

MIND WILL TAKE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU TEACH FAT

STUDIES?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK

THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH BEING

FAT?

TO ARE THERE HEALTH ISSUES?

YOU CALL THE A CIVIL RIGHTS

ISSUE.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: BLACK PEOPLE CAN'T

GO TO THE GYM AND WORK OFF YOUR

BLACKNESS, RIGHT?

>> THERE'S AN ANALOGY THERE THAT

WHAT IS WRONG WITH FAT PEOPLE IS

THE FATNESS AND THEY NEED TO GET

RID OF THE FAT.

AS A FAT PERSON IS LIVING IN A

CULTURE OF SHAME.

>> Stephen: AS A PEOPLE WE'RE

GETTING FATTER.

ARE YOU OKAY WITH THE WORD FAT?

>> I'M FINE WIT.

>> Stephen: IS THERE ANYTHING

WRONG WITH THE FACT THAT WE ARE

WE'RE GETTING FATTER AS A

PEOPLE?

>> THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THE

HORRIBLE ANXIETY AND HYSTERIA WE

HAVE OVER IT.

PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT HAVE

BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES THAT THAN

PEOPLE UNDERWEIGHT.

>> Stephen: I KNOW THEY CAN

TAKE A BULLET.

>> IT'S A HORRIBLE STIGMATIZED

IDEA THOUGH.

>> Stephen: I'M COMPLIMENTING

THEM.

>> SOMEHOW IT'S FUNNY TO THINK

ABOUT A FAT PERSON TAKING A

BULLET OR A FAT PERSON ISN'T

NECESSARILY WORTHY OF THE SAME

KIND OF CARE AND ATTENTION AS A

THIN PERSON.

>> Stephen: THEY DESERVE THE

SAME AMOUNT OF CARE BUT IT'S

FURTHER TO THE ORGAN.

IT'S A FACT, IS IT NOT?

>> I'M NOT GOING TO GO THERE.

>> Stephen: I'LL GO THERE

WITHOUT YOU.

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