I’m not sure how to phrase this in terms of thin privilege, but I just have some important information I feel like I need to share.
Before I became a freelance writer, I worked in a hospital. I was a clinical coder. What that means, is that whenever anyone checked out of the hospital, we read their notes, and then assigned numerical codes to designate what their diagnosis was, and what treatments they received. These codes are then reported to the World Health Organization for statistical purposes.
While I was working there (circa 2006) when the “obesity epidemic” panic started, they changed our co-morbidity list. That is, the list of other things - usually chronic disorders - that we mark on the forms (if there’s room) that are wrong with the patient, such as asthma or diabetes or heart disease that may or may not be related to the actual reason they are in the hospital. If an asthmatic breaks their leg, asthma is listed as a co-morbidity, even though it has nothing to do with their broken leg.
They changed the co-morbidity priority list and put obesity near the top. Like, if we only had room for a few co-morbidities, we had to work the list from the top down, and put the top ones first. So if someone came in with a broken leg and they had high blood pressure, a severe mental illness, and an enlarged prostate, and they also happened to be fat, if there was only room for one code on the form, we had to list obesity instead of any of the other problems and if there was room for more than one, obesity had to be listed first.
This is why there is a recent sudden “rise” in obesity related illnesses. There are not more fat people or more diseases related to being fat. It’s just that the people who collect the statistics are now required to report fatness as a priority over actual diseases.
(This was in the UK and the change in the co-morbidity list was a nation-wide change in operating procedure. It is also probably true in the US, though coding there is different and less accurate due to health insurance playing a part in what is coded.)
professor gave a 2 week extension on my paper so I celebrated by immediately wasting more time!
I just really like Chell~
adorable babies <3
I really love the decision to draw hair on her legs hah. It adds a lot of personality to the whole picture.
dumbau in which songbird doesn’t exist so the lutece twins basically bring elizabeth up
rosalind teaches her academic things such as reading, writing, science etc
robert teaches her more artistic things such as painting, singing and dancing
and finally, i’ve paid homage to my favorite quote of the entire game
although slightly misquoted here to make things fit.
and now, i’m off to download the newest dlc CAUSE WHO NEEDS A HEART THAT’S NOT SHATTERED INTO A MILLION PIECES ??
Also, his handwriting is awesome!
Mr Takei, I would marry you in a heart beat
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: George Takei is a NATIONAL TREASURE.
PLEASE REPOST- my friend Joey hasn’t been heard from since last night. Please spread this around. He’s a wonderful person and a lot of people are missing him right now. He lives in west Philly and is active on tumblr, facebook and other social media sites but hasn’t updated since yesterday.
Joey Ross is a local Philly kid who goes to shows frequently and I’m sure some of you know personally. He’s been missing since yesterday. If you hear from him or know someone who has, please call either number listed below.
267-252-4447 or 856-577-4719
Things that might seem outdated for popular feminism may actually be points of pride for women who have historically been denied access to a certain mode of femininity. If you are a member of a group of women that has been constantly caricatured as mammies and welfare queens, sexually pathologized, and whose inequity has been attributed to broken, abnormal, and matriarchal family structures, then bearing the title of Mrs. and taking your husband’s last name can actually be displays of resistance. If you have grown up seeing constant media reports on the fatherlessness of Black children and the unmarriageability of Black women, then having your father walk you down the aisle and flashing your ring can both be points of pride.
Jalondra A. Davis in an absolutely fantastic post on A Practical Wedding (via rachelwilkerson)
I think we need to take a moment and appreciate John Cho’s unrelenting verve when it comes to discussing what it means to be a Person of Color and an Actor of Color in the United States. Even more what it means to be an Asian-American POC and AOC.
He takes whatever opportunity he is given to talk about his experiences as a Man of Color and I respect that so much, you do not even know…