Ever See Obese 90-Year-Old? Bill Maher Takes Stand Against Fat Acceptance Movement

In the most recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the veteran comic took aim at the Fat Acceptance movement, going so far as to call it “Orwellian.”

In typical Maher style, he didn’t hold back:

Maher started by pointing to the movement as one of many modern examples of “rewriting science to fit ideology to just fit what you want reality to be.”

“We’ve gone from fat acceptance to fat celebration. That’s new. That is new,” Maher said. “To view letting yourself go as a point of pride? We used to at least try and be fit and healthy and society praised those who succeeded. Now the term body positivity is used to mean, ‘I’m perfect the way I am because I’m me.’ It’s Orwellian how often positivity is used to describe what’s not healthy!” 

Maher then went on to pose a rhetorical question to illustrate his point: have you ever seen a fat 90-year-old?

Bill Maher usually elicits a reaction—and not always a positive one. He has zero problems when it comes to speaking his mind, even if it ruffles feathers. As you could expect, in this case it did.

Most responses critical of what Maher had to say pointed out the price consumers have to pay if they want to eat healthier foods. That’s true, but completely misses the point Maher was making here: that there’s been an increase in people willing to overlook the genuine health risks of obesity.

Speaking as a fella who knows he could always benefit from losing a few pounds, I think Maher makes some really solid points. However, the crowd that’s always quick to cry “fat shaming” might disagree.

Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

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  1. I love that the people responding to Maher use price as the excuse. Guess what? It doesn’t matter what kind/quality of food you eat if you eat too much of it. You make a frozen pizza because it’s cheap/easy? Great. You don’t have to eat the whole thing.

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