Comments: Fair and Balanced

Once again, the NY Post "sexes up" what might have been a good point in order to make it stupid and pointless. Yes, the fact that many of us (male and female) now work at sedentary professions instead of labor-intensive ones has probably been a contributing factor to weight gain (again, among women and men), but so have these incessant diet crazes that screw up metabolism to the extent that many folks wind up fatter than before they started dieting. That mentality certainly didn't exist 50+ years ago to the extent that it does now.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at August 13, 2003 09:19 AM

One thing I was going to comment on was the perception that only women are doing less physical labor than they were in the past. The article (as so often happens in the NYP, was struggling too hard to draw the attention of women and to appeal to their "women in the kitchen, dammit" male readership.)

Also, while the diet industry has harmed women more than men, it's had an effect on both genders. I was running out of (work) time to spend posting blogs, so I didn't get to it but I may someday rant about the subject.

Posted by Anne at August 13, 2003 11:43 AM