With all the focus on the UK’s new PM and Chancellor, I hadn’t noticed their new Health minister until OH (35 kilo super slim yoga bunny) said this morning, “I’m not fat shaming but … (which of course meant the exact opposite) have you seen the photo of the new Health Minister in the NYT?” (on Truss’s RHS below).
However, she made me think about the optics - ie. should a health minister look like a super healthy exemplar, or should it be someone who looks like they have serious health problems?
I take it that 35kg was tongue in cheek, but I can’t tell how ironic you’re being.
Should the health minister be glowing with health? To me, it’s a job, rather than an aspirational vocation. If they can do a good job then it should make no difference, although it’s hard to imagine how someone in poor condition could maintain the energy levels required to be in government.
One might hope that a Health Secretary with health issues themselves would be more in tune and empathic with the needs of others in a similar situation. However since Tory Health Secretaries rely on private health insurance that’s probably not the case here.
However, as a person she’s just another hypocrite IMHO.
Apparently, the woman is only fifty-two years old and from the photo seems in poor physical condition for her age. I don’t think one can easily dispute that and it’s reasonable to assume she has health problems. However, my point was a serious question about whether or not a health minister should look healthy or not, because there are arguments in favour of each position.
But do you think she was popular for looking like she might be on the side of patients? As far as I can gather, tho’ it’s early days, the UK health minister’s ultra conservative ,but there’s been nothing on health apart from being against abortion (Catholic and single).
And people aren’t really addressing my sincere question of is it better for a health minister to look healthy or not?
But also has no solution to my needs - physician, heal thyself.
I would suggest from the thickness of her ankles that she has fluid retention and is probably on some type of medication. Her weight may be due to the medication. My brother ballooned from a very slim 12 stone to 16stone when he was put on steroids.
We live in an incredibly complex world these days when it comes to weight. Fat shaming is a real issue and because of it what we are seeing is increasing acceptance of overweight people in the media. On the one hand, one might say “good we need to live in an inclusive society”, but it also means we are losing sight of what is a healthy weight and what it looks like in those around us.
My concern would be whether her advisers around her modify their language/message to her about the importance of healthy weight because of what they see and also how objective she herself can be about promoting the importance of healthy weight, exercise and healthy eating.
Is she a good example / a good role model? No of course not. But then a thin health minister can be prejudiced and intolerant of people who are overweight. It’s all to easy for the thin to dismiss the fat as “they’ve got no will-power” when, in fact food addiction is no different to drug addiction.