Reading Hannah Kuchler’s essay on “The ‘miracle’ obesity drug” (FT Magazine, July 16) I am reminded of the late Tom Disch, who described the profession of science fiction writer as to “read the newspaper in a state of alert anxiety and think about what each headline portends”.
And, guess what? Two very sharp writers have already contemplated aspects of the medical response to the obesity disease. Kit Reed’s Thinner than Thou (2004) takes the cult of weight loss to a logical extreme, and Meg Elison’s Big Girl (2020) extrapolates the pharmaceutical approach to ruthless effect.
What could possibly go wrong?
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