Parallel Trilogy by Christine Kersey
I recently read a young adult series of books by Christine Kersey called the Parallel Trilogy. While it’s a trilogy, there are two follow-up books to make a total of five books in the series. The first book is called “Gone” and is free for the Amazon Kindle app at this moment.
In this series, a teenage girl runs away from home after a stupid fight with her mom. Without giving away too many of the details, she ends up in a parallel version of earth in which it is illegal to be overweight. Yep, you read that right. It’s illegal to be overweight. In this alternate world, every home has a scale and you must weigh in once a week. Each scale is connected to a government agency that tracks your weight, and to make sure that the right person is weighing in, the scale has a retinal scan.
If your weight continues to stay too high or you show an uncontrollable pattern of weight gain, then Enforcers can come to your house and take you away to a Federally Assisted Thinning (F.A.T.) Center. Of course, the F.A.T. Centers aren’t anything like weight loss spas.
While the books have mixed reviews, and some rocky moments, I read all five of the books in the series and found them pretty interesting and slightly terrifying.
The author says this at the end of the book:
The USDA Regulation banning junk food from schools used in this story, as well as the weighing of children at school, is not ficticious. Whether you agree with those regulations or not, they are a reality. Here are links to articles that talk about these new regulations.
Here are two articles about weighing children in schools:
Here’s an article about how the government wants to influence what you buy in the grocery store:
It’s the last two articles that the author listed that get to me the most. I’m currently 38 years old. When I was a kid, my elementary school was apparently a testing ground for quarterly body measurement testing and reporting. Not only did we have our weight measured, but also our bmi using skin caliper testing. This was done in our gym class. I can attest to the fact that instead of making kids healthier, all it did was give bullies additional ammunition against kids that were different and added further psychological pressure onto kids who were already struggling. I was one of them and can attest to the fact that it just made me feel crappier about myself and contributed to life-long self-confidence issues. All of our details were printed out on a piece of paper that we were instructed to take home to our parents.
So while the books may seem “out there”, with the current societal attitude towards obesity, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.