The (big) little people can’t be trusted

Obviously it’s pick on Aussie journalists week here at WoO. No, I don’t know why either but it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

The SMH’s “senior economics journalist”, Jessica Irvine was paid today to tell us she’s no longer as overweight as she used to be, she’s now a mother, oh, and to advertise her book about no longer being as overweight as she used to be. Nice work if you can get it.

No, seriously, she knocked out a few hundred words to tell us that the secret to her weight loss was eating less and exercising more but because she’s good at spreadsheets she used a spreadsheet to keep track of it.

Also, she wrote this without a hint of irony, which is quite some feat;

But first, let’s address the elephant in the room: why does a senior economics journalist for some of Australia’s most respected newspapers keep banging on about her butt?

There’s two chuckles to be had there, if one is inclined to look for them.

The headline is most interesting though, and it’s taken directly from the body of the article so it’s not one of those usual editorial decisions to put words into the author’s mouth.

Ponder that statement for a moment.

Just whose damn responsibility is it to shed excess kilograms then? I’ve checked Google Maps and they’ve completely failed to label the locations of the human foie gras farms out in the suburbs.

Smashing the personal responsibility framework means acknowledging that most people aren’t maths whizzes and won’t follow the diet I’ve just outlined, particularly not those in lower socio-economic groups among whom obesity is most prevalent.

Sure, it’s about educating individuals to make better food and exercise choices. But fundamentally it’s about redesigning the obesogenic environment we’ve created, by governments stepping in to improve the availability of cheap, nutritious food and opportunities for regular exercise and activity.

Ah, it’s the government’s job to make the stupid masses lose weight because they aren’t as clever as Jessica Smarty(large)pants.

No, really, she wrote that.

Bill’s Opinion

There is nothing quite as obscene as a desire to control other people disguised as altruism.

Jessica doesn’t give a damn about the size of the guts of the people living in the areas of Australia she only ever drives past on the way to the airport or flies over on the way to her foreign holidays.

What Jessica wants is “people like us” to be in charge of what those people can and can’t eat and how they exercise.

And this, by the way, is someone with some level of qualification in that most suspicious of disciplines, economics, a subject with such an inferiority complex it had to invent a fake Nobel Prize for itself in an attempt to gain missing gravitas.

One assumes Jessica played truant in the local McDonalds and Burger King when the lecturers explained the Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman parts of the syllabus.

12 Replies to “The (big) little people can’t be trusted”

    1. Boom boom!
      I’m not sure I’d be posting a 2hr 20 minute half marathon time on Instatwat either. That’s basically a brisk walk with a backpack full of beer.

  1. “fundamentally it’s about redesigning the obesogenic environment we’ve created, by governments stepping in to improve the availability of cheap, nutritious food and opportunities for regular exercise and activity.”

    The problem of regular exercise and activity has already been solved for those “lower socio-economic groups”. If they have got jobs, then they are the sort of jobs that often involve lifting and carrying and stacking and walking and handling tools, etc. If they are unemployed, then they’ve got loads of time to go running and do sit-ups.

    1. I was going to pick up the “obesogenic” reference but got bored. What is it with the left and trying to re-write language?

  2. Deep fried food for poor people is entertainment and escapism. With a lower self esteem they don’t care what it looks like, besides which it has its own cultural identity. They belong to the wobbly movement.

    Usually consumed in front of the telly.

    1. The thing is, clearly Jessica was a big (no pun intended) fan of the carbs and grease before her spreadsheetery.
      She’s the lardy equivalent of an ex-smoker.

    2. It’s funny you mention that.

      I so rarely watch TV/streaming/my phone with a meal with others* that I reckon it happens only 10 times this year and all while a sports match was on.

      I’m not sure if that’s a conscious change or evolution.

      *eating alone I read my phone. It used to be a book

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