Fat or Fiction

October 16, 2005
(was 06.13.2004)

By today’s medical definition, Brad Pitt is overweight, and Russell Crowe is obese.  The standards are even tougher for women.  But are those extra pounds really that bad?  Maybe it’s time we all lighten up about fat.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why one expert says America’s war on weight is fraught with misinformation, hysteria, and hypocrisy.  Also, being fat and fabulous: a fat girls’ guide to life.

  1. Morgan Spurlock on "Super Size Me"

    Morgan Spurlock won “Best Director” at Sundance for his documentary “Super Size Me.”

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  2. Paul Campos on "The Obesity Myth"

    Paul Campos is the author of “The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.”

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  3. Wendy Shanker on "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life"

    Wendy Shanker is the author of “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life.”  She tells Anne Strainchamps that she prefers “fat” to the euphemisms and says that she is healthy and happy despite her size. 

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  4. Manny Yarborough on Sumo Culture

    Manny Yarborough is 6'7" tall, weighs over 700 pounds, and  is a former amateur world champion sumo wrestler. 

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