Bill Maher: "Being Fat Is A Bad Thing"; When Did It Become Taboo To Talk About Getting Healthy?


Bill Maher addressed the obesity epidemic in a monologue he delivered Friday night at the end of his program 'Real Time' on HBO. Maher criticized the culture that protects people from judging others, especially when it comes to "fat-shaming."

Maher said fat-shaming doesn't need to end, it needs to make a comeback. The comedian said shaming and judging are necessary and the first step in reform.

"I know this is a controversial thing to say now in today's America but being fat is a bad thing," Maher said. "We shouldn't taunt people about it. And overeating shouldn't be singled out as the only vice. It isn't. We all have something. But there's no smoking-acceptance or drunk-acceptance."

MAHER: When did it become taboo in this country to talk about getting healthy? Weight Watchers had to literally take the words Weight and Watchers -- I'm not kidding -- out of their name. It’s now WW. Because merely the idea of watching your weight is now bullying. What’s next? Banning scales? ...

In August, 53 Americans died from mass shootings. Terrible right? Do you know how many died from obesity? Forty thousand. Fat shaming doesn’t need to end it needs to make a comeback. Some amount of shame is good. We shamed people out of smoking and into wearing seat belts. We shamed them out of littering and most of them out of racism. Shame is the first step in reform...

Being fat isn’t a birth defect. Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane. Here it is in a nutshell from the New York Times: Poor Diet is the Leading Cause of Mortality in the United States. Everyone knows that obesity is linked to terrible conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and virginity.

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