HBTE Part 3

While Minta waited to see what the HDA person was doing, she checked “Mike’s Compucomp” for any recent visits or violations on her smartphone. None came up.

Strange, she thought.

Then she saw the HDA person looking at two of the techs in the “service” department.

A sick feeling clutched at her stomach and legs. The two techs were fat. They stood a very good chance of at least being taken for a forced weigh-in and given a printed diet to be followed, with an allowance of no more than 1500 calories per day and weekly or even semi-weekly visits by an HDA nurse to see if they were losing weight.

If they didn’t lose weight, they stood a good chance of being taken to a Re-Education Center.

She figured that either through word of mouth or on a hunch, the HDA person had come here because he had learned that there were fat people who could be harassed and/or made part of his monthy quota. Every HDA staff person had a monthly quota of visits and “assignments” to fill. An “assignment” meant the transport of a fat person to a Re-Ed Center.

She and her sister FatandProud members often wondered how it was that if the HDA was serious about its supposed health goals, it did not visit or “assign” people who were not fat according to its parameters.

“Of course they’re not even remotely serious,” FAP’s head would snort with all the derision she could summon. “They just want to spread fear and profit from the diet plans and the Re-Ed Centers.”

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About franniez

Author of FatLand: A Novel and editor/author of Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, along with Kathy Barron, Anne Caplan, Corinna Makris and Lesleigh Owen.
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