My father, concern troll extraordinaire, has been the bane of my existence my whole life. For some context, he is a racist, misogynist pig. He has also been obese his whole life until very recently, when after his 3rd heart attack, he was in an induced coma for about 6 weeks. He probably would not have survived if he had NOT been obese. Anyways, he lost a bunch of weight, and now feels qualified to give weight loss advice.
I stopped speaking with him sometime last year because he objected to my decision to study evolutionary biology and I got tired of him telling me that I needed more muslim friends. He also said I shouldn’t date anyone “working class” because I guess even though he comes from a backwards village in South Asia he thinks he is descended from royalty.
After months with absolutely no contact, I saw him at my sister’s home. His first words to me were “have you had your blood sugar checked? You’re obese.” And then he proceeded to admonish me about the health effects of obesity. My mother told him that I was completely healthy, and I tried to read him a paper about the dubious reliability of BMI. He wouldn’t listen. I then insulted him and refused to talk to him. He told my sisters that the reason I’m avoiding him is because he is telling me “the hard truth” (because apparently the only reason fat people are fat is becasue they’ve never heard about the “risks” of obesity). Anyways, he’s a narcissistic troll and everything about him is wrong.
So several months after our last exchange, I randomly got a package in the mail from him. It included several pages of outdated materials on obesity. It included ZERO peer-reviewed articles. I am going to reveal and obliterate this travesty with you all over the next few days. Here is his introductory letter:
Dear (misspelled my name),
Hope you are well. I am too.
You have a health problem with obesity, whether you like it or not. I have been treating obese people for last 30 years.
I am herewith enclosing materials on healthy eating and obesity. Read it, learn it and grow. It will help you all your life. Don’t neglect.
I am sending the same material to my cardiologist, Dr. _____. He wants to learn how to treat his weight problem.