Eat Like A Man, But Don't Get Fat
On the heels of Esquire's meat and chili-filled "Eat Like a Man" section comes this story by Zach Weisberg about how obese people face job discrimination, and how some companies are offering incentives for employees to slim down.
Practicing outright fat discrimination is deplorable no matter who you are, but this can be a particularly charged issue for men. Eating heartily is a classic trademark of being a "real man," a notion reinforced by TV Dinners, and fast-food joints like Hardee's (or Carl's Jr.) and Burger King. In order to be masculine, it seems you have to have the intestinal fortitude of a steel lumberjack, and must eat fatty food, such as burgers and wings. In order to get or keep a job, however, you're expected to stay fit and trim so you don't raise your company's health-insurance premiums.
While Esquire is asking why pushing people to be "healthier" (read: not be fat) is a bad thing, it simultaneously spends precious pages in its print edition on blatantly seductive shots of food and articles about steakhouses in Montana that serve giant slabs of beef on a plate. At least women's magazines are consistent enough to fill their pages with stick-thin models and make you feel bad about eating.
Welcome to the world of conflicting standards, boys.