"Fat is contagious" is contagious

Lots of good stuff coming up on the whole "Fat as social contagion" nonsense, and I wanted to point folks towards some articles well worth reading.

I already linked to Kate Harding's first post, but she's got a follow-up ("Warning: If You Read This, You Might Get Fat") that's great, too.

Most of us were bewildered by the study, but Peggy Elam, Ph.D. at On the Whole does some heavy lifting on debunking the guts and science of the study. Absolutely required reading with the very apt quote from Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

The always wonderful Sandy Szwarc also took a critical eye to both the study and the compliant media circus around.

Rio Iriri offers a couple of appropriately sarcastic take downs here and here.

The Rotund offers some helpful suggestions to respond to the nonsense (as well as a great "warning letter" for our not fat friends).

Feministe declares "I hate Fat People" week given all the coverage.

BABble sneezes and we get a t-shirt.

And I'm sure there is more. If I missed something, by all means post it in the comments.

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