No, I’m not asking if you stand on your left or right foot when you weigh yourself.
I’m asking whether you think it’s a problem that Regina Benjamin, President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, wears a size 18. As Emerald Catron points out on AOL, “instead of people being totally psyched about her MacArthur genius award, her impressive charitable works, or her down-to-earth working-class background, everybody is trying to guess her BMI. Some people think a country plagued with obesity should not have an obese person representing our nation’s health care.”
Nevermind that no one would ask the question if the nominee were male. Catron points to C. Everett Koop to support that statement.
Would you be inspired by a woman who faces similar challenges in the world of weight as many other Americans? Or do you think our health care leaders should model our ideals? Are the two mutually exclusive? What ideals are most important to model — an “ideal” weight or healthy living?
Regular readers of this blog probably already know where I weigh in. AOL has a poll going. On last check, it was neck-and-neck between those who say Benjamin’s BMI should be considered and those who say it’s “not a weigh-in.”
What do you say?