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Thin people, get the fuck out. I hate you. I hate thin people – does this tampon make me look heavy? And you know who you are – your fingers smell of vomit. Joan Rivers, Don’t Start With Me, Netflix 2012
Fat jokes aren’t relevant, but they’re hilarious when you find them. Joan Rivers
Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favourite food is seconds. Joan Rivers
Fat Falstaff sweats to death and lards the lean earth as he walks along. Henry IV I 2012 starring Roger Allam & Oliver Cotton & Jamie Parker & Joseph Timms & Sam Crane & Jason Baughan & Patrick Brennan & William Gaunt & Christopher Godwin & Daon Broni et al, director Dominic Dromgoole, Globe Theatre Sky Arts, Hal
There is a devil haunts thee in the likeness of a fat old man; a tun of man is thy companion. William Shakespeare, I Henry IV II iv 498
If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked! ibid. II iv 524
Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty. ibid. I Henry IV III iii, Falstaff
Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I ii 193-194, Caesar
Would he were fatter! but I fear him not. ibid. I ii 197
Kelly: I swallowed a tapeworm last night. It’s going to grow up to three feet inside of me and then it eats all my food so that I don’t get fat. And then after three months I take some medicine and then I pass it. Creed sold it to me. It's from Mexico.
[cuts to Creed interview] Creed: That wasn’t a tapeworm. The Office US s5e1: Weightloss I, NBS 2008
You don’t want to get fat, do you? The Karen Carpenter Story 1989 starring Cynthia Gibb & Mitchell Anderson & Peter Michael Goetz & Louise Fletcher & Michael McGuire & Lise Hilboldt & Kip Gilman & Scott Burkholder et al, director Joseph Sargent, Richard to Karen
You look too thin, if you ask me. ibid. mother to daughter
Remember that one article – they called me chubby. ibid. Karen
You are not fat! ibid. mother to daughter
It’s called Anorexic Nervosa. ibid. shrink
Karen Carpenter’s struggle over the years with anorexia nervosa caused damage to her heart. As a result, she suffered heart failure in her parents’ home on February 4 1983 and later died. She was thirty-two years old. ibid. caption
Obesity is driving the epidemic of diabetes. The Weight of the Nation I, Sky Atlantic 2014
‘I love cheeseburgers.’ The Weight of the Nation II, fatties
Is there a right way to lose weight? ibid.
How can I save myself from diabetes? ibid.
The health impacts of obesity are screaming inside. The Weight of the Nation III, expert
Only 10% of parents seek medical help for their obese children. ibid.
More than 50% of Philadelphian school children shop at corner stores every day before and after school. The Weight of the Nation IV
Less than 3% of US farmland is planted with fruits and vegetables. ibid.
In 1967 a detailed investigation among five hundred patients from two general practices showed that half the population was more than 15% overweight. Horizon: Inside Every Fat Man, BBC 1969
The other important change that’s made us fat is lack of physical exercise. ibid.
People say to me I’ve got a slow metabolism ... We could show that rather than having a slow metabolic rate in fact it was even higher than the lean subjects ... This idea that overweight people have a slow metabolism is in fact a complete myth. Dr Susan Jebb, Horizon: Fat Cats, Thin Mice, BBC 1997
Phenfen took America by storm. Over six million prescriptions were issued in 1996. But by then something had already started to go wrong. ibid.
Unlike her twin sister she exercises regularly and is very health conscious. Sharon and Debbie are the prefect experiment. Carbon copies of each other they are living proof of the power of genes. Their separate environments have hardly influenced their weight. It seems they were born to be thin. Horizon: Born To Be Fat, BBC 1999
28-year-old Sven’s life is dominated by the drive to eat. He could literally eat himself to death. It’s not a question of willpower or choice no matter how much food he consumes he always feels hungry. For doctors Sven demonstrates that there is some sort of hardwire switch that turns hunger on or off. ibid.
This top-secret research facility is where the war against obesity is being waged. Here millions of pounds are being poured into the hunt for a magic bullet. Horizon: Fatbusters, BBC 2002
Ten people are about to find out just how fat they can get. Thanks to Horizon they’re going to spend four weeks eating more than they’ve ever done before of all the foods we’re always being told to avoid. This month of gluttony is all to answer a question that Science has struggled with for forty years – Why are thin people not fat? Horizon: Why Are Thin People Not Fat? BBC 2009
Could it be true that some people can eat as much as they want without becoming obese? And if so, how do they do it? ibid.
Our fat is our body’s built-in emergency rations. And the more fat we have the longer we can keep going without eating. ibid.
According to this theory at times of famine it was literally a case of survival of the fattest. ibid.
Our eating behaviours are fixed from a very young age. ibid.
Different groups of scientists have different theories to explain how people’s bodies use up excess calories if they are not storing them as fat. ibid.
Humanity’s most fundamental relationship is with what we eat. But nowadays in wealthy countries we’re eating far too much of the wrong things. And we pay the consequences of our expanding waistlines with an epidemic of diseases that kill. Dr Susan Jebb: Horizon: A Diet Guide, BBC 2010
The developing tide of obesity was to have serious consequences affecting the way we live and how we die. ibid.
It would be another twenty years before the connection between heart disease and increased levels of saturated fat in our diet could be graphically demonstrated. ibid.
We now know that the best way to lose weight other than a healthy diet is to exercise. ibid.
Scientists suddenly clocked that maybe what they should be looking at was what was driving us to eat so much – our appetites. Proving its importance was a different matter. ibid.
Researchers then looked at humans and discovered that the hormone leptin was a messenger molecule for us too. ibid.
We still don’t have a medical solution to obesity. ibid.
As a nation we are slowly but surely getting fatter. We’re all eating well, maybe too well. Gabriel Weston, Horizon: The Truth About Fat, BBC 2012
What is it about this epidemic that operates so randomly? ibid.
It’s the fatty calorie-rich foods we love the most. ibid.
Nearly a quarter of the adult population is clinically obese. ibid.
They discovered two new hormones – Ghrelin and PYY – that together seem to control appetite and weight. ibid.
I’m pretty shocked to discover that my assumption of a lifetime which is that I’m the size I am because of my character is nonsense. ibid.
What was making these twins so different in weight? ibid.
Professor Spector: Stress can create parallel but different strategies. ibid.
The biggest single factor causing a child to be fat was the nine months it spent in its mother’s womb. ibid.
A new set of answers is emerging which could help us to defeat what to me is one of the defining epidemics of our age. ibid.
Which is worse for us? Fat or sugar? Horizon: Sugar v Fat, BBC 2014
Over in America it’s sugar that’s under attack. ibid.
It’s known as the hormone hypothesis. ibid.
High protein diets make you feel fuller. ibid.