Saturday, August 11, 2007

And now for something beautiful

My amazing husband, Jamie Young, has a simply gorgeous photo featured on this website. It's called "In a Dream" and was taken at Chimney Bluffs State Park in New York.

You gotta love a guy who can do this.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Not just docked but dumped

As a follow-up to my earlier post about being docked for being overweight, now it turns out you can be turned down for health insurance altogether, as reported in this article from the weekly alternative newspaper in my town. And wouldn't ya know it--my new employer's health insurer is Humana. (And so far they, um, are living up to their reputation.)

Please tell me this isn't happening . . .

At least one health insurer (and probably others) will actually be docking your paycheck if your BMI is over 30, starting in 2009.

The article's headline reads "Being Unhealthy Could Cost You--Money," but of course it should have read "Being Fat Can Cost You--Money." And that's on top of it costing you so many other things--the right to adopt a child, a seat on an airplane, a job. . . .

I wish I were a lawyer so I could start researching all the ways in which this is illegal. A nice big lawsuit--maybe a class action suit--might nip this repulsive idea in the bud.

**Thanks to BFB for posting on this first.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

And another Leaden Fork award goes to . . .

Apple, for the revolting tagline promoting the new iMac:

You can't be too thin. Or too powerful.

News flash to Steve Jobs and his marketing department: You sure as hell can be too thin. Your hair can fall out. You can be cold all the time. Your heart can slow down. You can become psychotic on the subject of food. In fact, you can be possessed by an illness so powerful that it actually causes you to violate the most basic human instinct: self-preservation. You can be so thin that you actually commit suicide by starving yourself, while in the grip of a delusion so powerful that neither reason nor logic nor love and empathy from others can touch it.

If you want to step inside the mind of someone who is too thin, read this. I hope you weep.

**Thanks to Cynthia for the link.