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Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Obesity Epidemic Claims Another Victim

posted by on March 22 at 9:29 AM


Police: Obese relative may have crushed boy

A 2-year-old boy who died with a fractured skull might have been accidentally crushed by a morbidly obese relative, authorities say.

Investigators believe that the woman fell on the child, who was pronounced dead Tuesday, said Bobby Contreras, Hidalgo County justice of the peace.

“It didn’t look like there was any foul play from what I saw,” he said.

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For your amusement: An obese woman killed a child. NOW THAT"S ENTERTAINMENT

Meanwhile, this morning in Iraq, in Dan Savage's glorious war to bring democracy to the grateful people of Iraq, three American soldiers and two Iraqi civilians were blown to pieces by a roadside bomb.

It's OK folks, none of the dead were related to American politicians or brave neo-con and slog contributors and readers.

Please come back later, Dan Savage is scanning the web as I type this for more human suffering to entertain you with.

Posted by no obesity problem here | March 22, 2008 9:39 AM

No foul play, but maybe too much fried FOWL play.

Posted by catnextdoor | March 22, 2008 9:48 AM


What news and what is obsession?

Posted by SAD | March 22, 2008 9:51 AM

@1 it's called awareness. there are plenty of other places to read about iraq online.

Posted by catnextdoor | March 22, 2008 9:56 AM

What? It is called freak show time at the Stranger, compliments of Dan's obsession with body fat ... cheap and tawdry stuff at best. zzzzzzzzzzzz, really.

The net if filled with such trash, why Slog?

Haven't all the mass killers and college shooters been smallish people and thin? Hey, where is the story?

Posted by Mary | March 22, 2008 10:54 AM

Obesity is not healthy.

Exactly how much more proof do we need, or is denial another symptom thereof?

Posted by Gomez | March 22, 2008 11:14 AM

Gomez @6


YOU'RE Fat. Obese? maybe. Hypocrite? yes.

Posted by Non | March 22, 2008 11:22 AM

To be fair, a thin or average size person might also kill a child if he fell on him. Two year olds aren't large, and accidents happen.

This is a sad story. I feel bad for the child, his parents, and the woman who fell.

Posted by miss_m | March 22, 2008 11:56 AM

@8 - Eh. Things happen. I kind of wonder if a little of the "thinning the herd" principle might be applicable here though. I mean, you know, seeing as how it was in Texas and all.

Posted by Just sayin' | March 22, 2008 12:13 PM

If I wanted just the news, I'd stick with the NY Times. I don't want my SLOG to stop telling me about all these little bits of life that aren't really "newsworthy." And I share Dan's horrified obsession with bad hetero parents, sexually hypocritic religious figures, and obesity.

I wonder if this woman will maybe try to battle her weight. Nothing like killing a relative with your uncontrollable massive body to inspire someone to diet.

Posted by sloggerette | March 22, 2008 12:28 PM

I agree with sloggerette.

Posted by k. | March 22, 2008 12:50 PM

I remember reading another story about a 3 year old dying at indoor playground after two men fell on him.

Posted by GK | March 22, 2008 12:51 PM

At first glance I read it as a 12 year old boy, and thought 'Jeebus, how frigging big do you have to be to kill a pre-teen?', but now that I see it is a 2 year old.

Posted by Y.F. | March 22, 2008 1:14 PM

I think this relative may be the next perfect spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

Posted by Kirstie | March 22, 2008 1:21 PM

Step off, girlfriend - that's MY gig!!!

Posted by Valerie Bertinelli | March 22, 2008 1:28 PM

Calm down people. Quit getting up in arms and calling each other fat, and realize the truth that this is actually pretty awesome.

First a stingray jumping out of water and killing someone, and now a fatass landing on a baby? What more could I want?

And yes Dan keep posting this stuff. Especially pit bull stuff. I won't rest until they're all gone.

Posted by Jason Petersen | March 22, 2008 1:53 PM

Yeah, #7 is being mean. You didnt see Dan posting a photo of the lady in the article, or any other? Tasteless.

Posted by catnextdoor | March 22, 2008 2:45 PM

Fat people are disgusting. Looking at them always made me sick.

Posted by Karen Carpenter | March 22, 2008 3:40 PM

Jesus fucking Christ, Dan. You loathe fat people. We get it. Give it a rest.

Posted by Lulu | March 22, 2008 4:15 PM

All these "man bites dog" articles suck ass. The Stranger is at its least interesting when it attempts to mimic the Weekly World News.

Posted by Big Sven | March 22, 2008 4:44 PM

The obese lady was so traumatized by the incident she ate 2 large pizzas and a bucket of fried chicken washed down with 4 litres of cola.

Let's have Dan start collecting donations so we can have the woman's stomach stapled.

Then she can tell everyone how she killed a boy to lose half her body weight.

Posted by uncle sam | March 22, 2008 5:06 PM

"she killed a boy to lose half her body weight"

That's Johnny Cash, right?

Posted by Casey Kasem | March 22, 2008 6:12 PM

@18: Just think, Karen, if Mama Cass had given you that ham sandwich maybe you both would still be alive today.

Posted by RainMan | March 22, 2008 7:26 PM

Mama Cass didn't die from choking on a ham sandwich. She died because she got so fat that her heart muscle began accumulating fat and caused cardiac arrest. HER HEART TURNED TO FAT!!!

Posted by uncle sam | March 22, 2008 9:25 PM

same thing happened to my son when he was 2. my jiggling mountain of a mother fell on him in the street. when i mentioned how much worse it could have been, she said "i couldn't have seriously hurt him!" (the denial goes deep with the overwieghties). gee, if i was still speaking to this particular human disaster, i could send her this article as a rebuttal.

Posted by ellarosa | March 22, 2008 10:47 PM

#25 - bet your mom is happier, too.

You suck. Of course, spending your adult life searching for the perfect mother makes a lot of sense.

See a therapist, you have a problem.

Posted by Mary | March 23, 2008 3:49 AM

For #24 -- No heart turns to fat - stupid.

She most likely had heart problems from her child years. I had a cousin, big husky hard working guy, healthy as a horse and hung like one.(Yes first hand ) He dropped dead in the middle of the night fucking his wife in the side yard. Massive heart attack, no clues at all, 26 years old.

Get educated about the problems of heart disease and all of its ramifications.

Posted by Marty | March 23, 2008 3:55 AM

I read similar blog on The FATSO woman should be prosecuted, as should the parents for allowing this plainly fat person around children.

Posted by Anne | March 23, 2008 6:44 AM

#28, You too need a therapist. Obsessive reaction to over weight problems of others. What is your BIG problem?

Get some help. Far of fat people is corrosive to your happy life.

And is it not true that thin people break in two when they fall? And God, who would want a bony fuck?

Get some help, you are fixated.

Posted by Mary | March 23, 2008 10:32 AM

I nominate Mary for Most Promising New Troll of the Year. It's only March, but I feel Mary has the passive-aggressiveness and ad hominem repertoire necessary to make a real impact on the SLOG this year.

Posted by Big Sven | March 23, 2008 3:15 PM

I nominate Mary for Most Promising New Troll of the Year. It's only March, but I feel Mary has the passive-aggressiveness and ad hominem repertoire necessary to make a real impact on the SLOG this year.

Posted by Big Sven | March 23, 2008 3:24 PM

Fuckin' double-posting piece of shit browser. Sorry.

Posted by Big Sven | March 23, 2008 3:25 PM

@29 - Personsally, nothing turns me on more than a hip bone you could impale yourself on. And I'm being quite serious.

Posted by But that's just me | March 23, 2008 3:40 PM

@4 Don't feed the trolls!

I don't know...She seems kinda amateurish compared to Ecce and #1. But hey, it's only March.

Posted by NJ Matt | March 23, 2008 6:07 PM

Dan! I warned you that I'm going to sit on you and break you in two if you don't stop hating fat people! ;)

Posted by Fatty Fat Pants | March 24, 2008 2:49 AM

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