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October 28th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Fury over Marie Claire "fatties" blog

Marie Claire.com writer, Maura Kelly wrote a piece titled “Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?).” She was talking about the sitcom "Mike and Molly" and said the sitcom was "promoting obesity." The magazine got over 30,000 responses to the post. Kelly has since updated her post to apologize and admit that she had her own issues with anorexia and life long obsession with being thin. The magazine's editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, has also spoken out on the controversy. CNN's Kiran Chetry spoke with psychology professor, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, who was also a psychologist on the Bravo series "Thintervention" on the outrage a Marie Claire article sparked.


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  1. Brent

    We need to quit apologizing to overweight people for negative comments made toward them. I never hear an overweight person apologizing for stealing 1/3 of my airline seat for which I paid the same amount as them.

    If we continue to act as though obesity is a medical disease and not an unacceptable life style, how and when will it ever change. Isn't it odd that these diseases don't exist in European countries? I just returned from Italy and France. Spent a month there. Saw only one local obese person the whole time! Admit it Americans, you are fat and lazy! Period. You think it is acceptable that your choice causes health care costs to be passed on to those of us not over weight.

    Be accountable for your own body and health. Quit being so darn lazy. In fact, I think all average weight people should point out to overweight people just how disgusting they are.

    BTW – these comments come from someone who has never been an anorexic.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  2. Loraine Antrim

    There are two basic communication lessons here that the author overlooked. When you write anything online, ask yourself:

    1. If I write this, what do I think the response will be?
    2. If I look at this 5 years from now, will I be proud of what I've written?

    The author ignored both lessons and is suffering the consequences. Loraine Antrim, Core Ideas Communication

    October 28, 2010 at 8:53 am |