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In New York City, the health department made a scare-mongering ad saying that diabetes can lead to amputations. The ad includes a photograph of a fat man who appears to have an amputated leg; crutches are leaning on the wall behind him.

In the original stock photo, a man with two legs is sitting on a stool (and there are no crutches). The "amputation" was created by Photoshop.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/nyregion/in-health-dept-ad-photoshop-not-diabetes-took-leg.html

I don't care that much about the Photoshop thing, but what bugs me about the ad is that it encourages hatred of fat people. The ad purportedly communicates "If you consume bigger portions of sweetened soda, you'll get fat, and then you'll get diabetes, and then you might need an amputation." But it also communicates "If you see a fat amputee, you can assume that they got that way from drinking too much soda."

I'd like to take the 'shopped photo and make the guy's clothing look camo and change the text to say "The US is engaging in more wars. This can lead to amputations."

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ailbhe
Jan. 27th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
It would go viral. Do eeet.
graymalkin13
Jan. 27th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I agree -- it would go viral and make several excellent points at once. Brilliant!
caprine
Jan. 27th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea.
sabotabby
Jan. 28th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Doooo eeeet! That would be so rad.
beaq
Jan. 28th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Yes.
usqueba
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've seen more slender people w/ diabetes w/ amputations that heavy. Actually, more slender people w/ diabetes in general.

I would think the US military causes a LOT more amputations than diabetes. Hmmm. I wonder.
firecat
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Brief quacking produced a fact sheet that says otherwise, but the statistics are gathered from hospitals and might not include injuries caused by the US military.
selki
Jan. 29th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
Ooh!  Quacking!  New verb!  And its mobile version came up automatically on my phone and looks great, and now I've added it as a search engine on my phone, too!  Thank you.
firecat
Jan. 29th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Yay, new DuckDuckGo user! Thanks for reminding me to put it onto my phone and iThings too.
selki
Jan. 30th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I was using them already, but hadn't seen "quacking" as a verb, and I like it. And since I read your post on my HP Veer, I clicked on the quacking link and liked the looks of it there (mobile site). And I was describing this to someone else today, and they put it on their phone, too!
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