Body politics. The BBC website and numerous other publications have been banging on again about “Britain's Obesity Problem”. It‘s a very complicated and emotive issue. But to my mind it's all part of a larger problem. That of body politics. We as a society seem to be obsessed with the pursuit of the perfect body. We vilify those who fall short of the current concepts of beauty. We paw over tabloids and magazines thrusting false images of what we should aspire to. We agonise over our failure to reach the appropriate “standard set”. It's a cruel debilitating disease that ruins lives and puts money into the pockets of big companies. It is a tool of oppression used to keep women and now men from achieving certain social economic goals. It is simply one of the worse facets of western culture. I am 38 years old. I am six foot tall and lightly built. In fact some people would label me skinny. Always have been always will be. Until 2001 when I gave up a 30 a day cigarette habit, I only weighed 8.5 stone. I now way a better 10 stone. Thing is if I try to gain weight all I end up with is a double chin and a pot-belly. The only way I could evenly distribute such a gain would be to embark on serious body building program. I haven't the time of inclination to do this. So I remain the way that I am. I think it's okay. If you watch any main stream film or TV series (particularly American) all men will work out and have 6 packs and developed arm muscles etc. Does this bother me? No. It won't stop a bullet or a knife. There's no hard and fast rule that says this is all that women like. But for some people it is a worry. My son does exercises. I ask if this is for Rugby training. He mumbles no. Therefore he's doing it for personal reasons. At 14 it would appear that he wants to look the “part”. Obviously girls play a part in this. He seems to get by. What would happen if he couldn't. My wife used to conduct home visits as part of her job. For safety reasons she would have to travel in pairs. Her colleague was of a similar age group, but had a somewhat larger bust. It's amazing the affect this would have on men. Virtually all conversations were aimed at this lady's chest, and my wife was simply ignored. It may seem trivial but it really did have a impact on work and productivity. In one case, one of the people visited ended up in court. My wife had to provide evidence. The accused could not even verify that he'd been visited by my wife as his attention was focused elsewhere. I'm fed up with the way the whole size and beauty issue has got out of hand. Yes we all have are likes and dislikes about what we find attractive in others. But the whole matter has lost all basis in rationality. We are splitting into a nation of three types. The beautiful, the ugly and the ****e stirrers imbetween. Enough is enough I say. So let rip with your gripes about the whole issue of body politics. Tired of being persecuted? Or do you have strong views on obesity?. Are the women folk out there ****** off with being brow beaten by the female press and tabloids. Do you think super models are skanky miserable bitches. Let the rant begin!