HBTE Part 6

The FAP Director of Agent Investigations typed instructions onto her phone at a fast clip. Then she pinpointed the locations of agents presently out in the field.

It hurt and worried her deeply, to send her sister FAP members out for fieldwork. So far, she admitted to herself, they had been lucky. Extremely lucky. None of the agents had been picked up or even questioned. For the most part, fat people these days were lying low, staying in their homes, working out of them when possible.

It was a crowning irony that any fat people involved with the Diet Law Administration or Re-Ed Centers were not monitored at all. (Nor of course were any of the non-fat people.) Just shows, she thought, that this is all about achieving market share and corporate hegemony, not anything even related to health, even “health” defined by their own rather narrow numerical parameters. For, she thought, if it were, they would be praising the fat but “fit” to the skies on the net and TV. But of course they weren’t.

Earlier, at the start of the Health and Diet Campaign, they had taken the inverse line: “No one is completely healthy. No one.” But then when the Health and Diet Administration figured out that they would have to keep track of the cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and blood pressure of more than 300 million people constantly, they caved into the demands of their corporate sponsors and started to focus again on fat people.

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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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