The pres of the AMA has weighed in to lecture us all on our deficient Christmas present buying behaviour. Apparently we should be only buying gifts that encourage the recipient to Exercise! in a Morally! Upright! Manner!
Computer games are right out. Instead, we should be buying our friends a cricket set or a new dog leash. I’m kinda amazed she didn’t suggest Jenny Craig gift vouchers and clothes two sizes two small.
She chose not to talk about people giving books for enjoyment and literacy. She chose not to talk about assigning a chunk of your Christmas money, if you have some, to donate to a charity. Perhaps an AMA-relevant one, like an organisation working in Aboriginal health, or providing health services to refugees, or building clinics in war-torn areas.
No, it was all about leveraging Giftmas as an opportunity to scold your fat friends.
Then she dropped this absolute clunker:
“Perhaps you might want to buy your adult friends some weights so that they get a little bit inspired in doing some exercise for themselves.”
Because nothing says “I love you” like saying, “Geez, you’ve got some flabby arm fat there, Sheila. Here, have a couple of dumbbells and fix yourself up, eh? Many happy returns!”