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MeMe Roth: blurg (or barf).

May 31, 2009

Read this.

Okay, now grab a glass of water (or juice, or milk, or milkshake, or high fructose corn syrup) to wash that I-just-vomited-a-little taste out of your mouth.

Now read the very satisfying post about Ms. Roth by Sweet Machine over at Shapely Prose.

MeMe is one of the most offensive and psychotic people that I’ve ever heard of. I’m not usually a big fan of FoxNews or Bill O’Reilly, but I love the way he deals with MeMe in this video and this one. I’m not even going to try to address all of the patently ridiculous things she says, so I’ll stick to one particular topic. To hear some really offensive things about obesity and academics, start around minute 3:45 in the first video.

Studies show that academic performance can be compromised by obesity.

What studies are those MeMe? A quick search brought up the abstract for an article that measured the reading and math scores of overweight kindergarten and first grade students compared to normal weight children. They did find that the overweight children had significantly lower scores, but went on to qualify that conclusion.

However, these differences […] became insignificant after including socioeconomic and behavioral variables, indicating that overweight is a marker but not a causal factor. Race/ethnicity and mother’s education were stronger predictors of test score gains or levels than overweight status.

So pretty much what we already knew: less education among parents causes lower socio-economic status, which breeds children who don’t do as well in school as their middle-class peers. Oh yeah, and obesity is highly correlated with lower socioeconomic status because fresh foods cost a lot more than McDonalds.

Another study found that obesity did not affect the IQ, PSAT, or SAT scores of high school students, and there was also no difference in the students’ grades or participation in extracurricular activities. So MeMe, exactly where did you get these data from?

I would like to make a motion to declare MeMe Roth Public Enemy Number 1 of the body positivity movement. All in favor, say aye!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. becky permalink
    May 31, 2009 2:48 AM

    Oh, and then there’s that whole thing where she uses rape as a metaphor for obesity:

    The defence has been made in the case of sex criminals that there is pleasure on the part of the victim. The same is true with what we’re doing with food. We may abuse our bodies with food, but it’s incredibly pleasurable. From a food marketer’s point of view, when your quote unquote victim is so willing and enjoying of the process, who’s fighting back?

    really really not ok.

    • Lisa permalink
      May 31, 2009 9:51 AM

      I know. I think the post on Shapely Prose tore apart that metaphor pretty nicely, so I didn’t mention it specifically. She also equates letting your child eat a twinkie to child abuse (in one of the videos). And then wonders why she gets a lot of hate mail.

  2. janebejane permalink
    May 31, 2009 12:15 PM


  3. Nikoleta permalink
    May 31, 2009 2:37 PM


  4. Whitney permalink
    May 31, 2009 5:24 PM


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