Dan, back in 2004 when you proudly made fat-hating statements in your column, I responded with these words and you printed them:
"FAT!SO? says fuck you! It saddens me to know that you continue to cling to your fat-hating prejudice. The same attempts were made to stuff queers back in the closet, just as you are now attempting to stuff proud fat rebels (and our low-rise jeans) back in our closet. Fuck you! You're not required to like us or look at us or fuck us, but you are required to stay the hell out of the way of our liberation! My health is not in danger from my weight. (I eat right, exercise, and enjoy excellent health.) However, your health may be endangered if you persist in promoting weight-based prejudice. (Really, all that stress every time you step on the scale... it can't be good for you!)"
You have written nothing in the intervening years to make me view you differently. From what you've written here, you clearly carry a heavy burden of fat shame. (Not surprising. In my travels around the world giving weight diversity talks, I find that people of all sizes carry incredible amounts of the stuff. Also, gay men's culture can be especially fat-hating.)
You also completely fail to understand that your weight/health views are not at all uncontested or even particularly accurate. Here's the primary, science-101-style critique that Health At Every Size medical experts apply to the "obesity" epidemic and fat=doom beliefs: correlation does not prove causation. The obvious insight from this fact is that there could be any number of confounding variables that could explain the rather weak correlations between weight and morbidity/mortality. (If we assume that correlation proves causation, then we believe cold weather causes turkey deaths in November despite the confounding, even causal variable: Thanksgiving.) The CDC's lead statistician on weight/health data, Katherine Flegal, makes this point in a recent paper published in JAMA — that confounding variables like stress, discrimination, dieting history, and fitness level could explain weight-based correlations with morbidity/mortality. Flegal also published in JAMA in 2006 the news that rates of so-called "obesity" have stopped increasing. (http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/295/13/…
) I don't imagine such data will diminish your eagerness to hate-monger about the "obesity" epidemic. I don't imagine data, in general, can undo prejudice. Your statements about health are stereotype, not science. (And yes, it's a prevalent stereotype, even among so-called scientists — you've noticed how the "obesity" scientists are well-paid consultants of the $59.7 billion/year weight-loss industry.)
Dan, I have met you in person and discussed these points with you. (Remember, you tried to research gluttony at a fat pride gathering? And if that isn't proof of your deeply held weight prejudices, what is!?!) If I were Lindy, I would not enjoy having you as a coworker. I dislike being around people who insist on carrying fatphobia and prejudice, as you do. (Kinda like I dislike being around homophobes, racists, sexists...) Because of your beliefs and statements, you're the sort of person I would never socialize with or share a meal with or publicly link to in a social network or, well...like. I only engage with you because I hope it serves my purpose of confronting and ending weight-based stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination (in your readers, if not in you).
I applaud Lindy for publicly and proudly and effectively raising the argument for weight diversity and Health At Every Size.