The developed world’s obsession with obesity has been ingrained in our culture for centuries. There was never a chance of modern America, or any other modern society, escaping it.
David W. Haslam, M.D. is Clinical Director of the UK’s National Obesity Forum and co-author of Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Art, Literature and Medicine (Liverpool University Press, 2009).
Posts by David Haslam
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.