Maher declared the “disturbing trend” to be “Orwellian” and urged Americans to stop spinning obesity as a positive and lose some weight.
“There is a disturbing trend going on in America these days,” the HBO host began, describing it as, “rewriting science to fit ideology to just fit what you want reality to be.” Maher explained that Americans’ current views on being overweight are part of this trend.
“We’ve gone from fat acceptance to fat celebration. That’s new. That is new,” he said emphatically. “To view letting yourself go as a point of pride? We used to at least try and be fit and healthy and society praised those who succeeded,” he lamented.
“Now the term body positivity is used to mean, ‘I’m perfect the way I am because I’m me,’” he continued, adding, “It’s Orwellian how often positivity is used to describe what’s not healthy!”
“Of course, you can get away with anything bad for you when you’re young,” Maher claimed, adding the rhetorical question, “Let me ask you this: Have you ever seen a fat 90-year-old?” He paused for a moment before he and audience let out a laugh, acknowledging the point.
“It’s scary!” he exclaimed
The famous cultural critic followed that with his claim that the idea of “’healthy at any weight’ is an unchallenged lie that people tell themselves so they can go on eating whatever they want” He admitted that “is fine,” and that he’s “done many self-destructive things too,” but drew the line at pretending those things are good.
“But no one pretended there was positivity in smoking,” he asserted.