What Can We Learn From The Most Hated Woman In Britain?
Katie Hopkins, a professional British ‘shit stirrer’ and “commentator”, has attracted global media attention spruiking her show “My Fat Story”, in which she deliberately over-eats until she gains 20kg, then loses it again.
A lifelong thin person, and blissfully unencumbered by any scientific knowledge about weight, Katie’s feelpinion is both harsh and simplistic. She wants fat people to “stop blaming everyone else for problems they can control”.
Katie is convinced she’s making a ‘point’ that losing weight is easy if people just tried hard enough.
But My Fat Story dismally fails to do this: all she ‘proves’ is people who have been thin all their lives find it hard to gain weight and relatively easy to lose it again – and we already know that.
Science has found a lot of interesting things about weight, and the BBC documentary “Why Are Thin People Not Fat?” is a great program to watch to find out why everything Katie says is completely misguided.
But though she misses her intended point, Katie does (accidentally) raise a couple of issues that are worth talking about.