Where the grim chaos leads: Tao Lin’s Leave Society

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Review

Lin’s fourth novel (and first for eight years) addresses health – physical, mental, the protagonist’s, his parents’ – in a historical moment where we must urgently rethink how we prioritise it, and in a cultural moment where our music, films, and books are motivated by a responsibility to talk about it with the volume turned up.

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Friday Features
Friday Fiction

Fiction | Lost and found

I swing the axe onto the antique dining table, cracking it in two. One of the legs has been wobbling for a while now, so I pull it. Cursing, I check my finger. A long splinter is wedged just under my skin, the end still protruding. I tug at it gently, but it breaks off, leaving the rest submerged, its slender woody stalk visible despite the shadow of the late afternoon sky.

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Article
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Health

An object lessons in how to make kids feel bad about their bodies

BMI is an antiquated, inadequate, and potentially racist measure of health. Which is why I was rather surprised last week when I got a text from a friend and fellow parent – who also happens to be a clinical psychologist – asking me if my daughter was okay. She was concerned because apparently our eighth graders had been made to calculate and report on their own BMI in class.

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Article
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Health

‘Fucking magnets, how do they work?’ The story of DentalSlim

Many obesity researchers don’t appropriately considered the quality of life or mental wellbeing of their patients as a result of these extreme interventions, which is precisely the problem. In their zeal to solve the ‘obesity epidemic’ by any means necessary, they lose sight of the fact that the fat people in their trials are precisely that – people.