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Friday, June 8, 2012
Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says
Today.com: Unhappy with the slow pace of public health efforts to curb America’s stubborn obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing a new push for what he says is an ‘edgier strategy’ to promote weight loss: ginning up social stigma.
Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, put out a new paper this week calling for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people — what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this:
‘If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?’
Photo: File photo of an obese man (Jim Pozarik / Getty Images file)
This is the single most horrifying thing I have ever seen on tumblr..
Yes, lets make people feel worthless. a real humanistic approch.
1. Edgier strategy??? This is the oldest most traditional strategy and it DOESN’T WORK. If it worked, no one would be fat! No one! I have no idea how they intent to increase social stigma.
2. That is not a picture of a man, it is a disembodied fat belly. Way to reduce him to his fat. Headless fatties are everywhere.
This obsession with thinness is absolutely absurd.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
It does not matter what issues fat is correlated with, because we don’t know how to make people thin in the long term.
Ragen Chastain; For Fat Patients and Their Doctors
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
When you diet, you tell yourself that you can’t be trusted, that your hunger (for love, pleasure, friendship) will destroy people. You begin to believe you are hopeless, a bottomless pit. This is not a kind thing to say to yourself. It is also not true. No one’s hunger is bottomless.
Geneen Roth; “When You Eat At The Fridge, Pull Up A Chair”
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Yes, many people, probably most people, say that disliking your body is a normal part of being a woman. If by “normal” they mean that the majority of women, 80-90%, dislike their bodies, then yes, it is “normal.” The vast majority of women in this culture at this time do dislike their bodies.
But to think that this is normal as in natural, as in necessary, as in a normal function of being alive, is ridiculous. This belief is part of the problem. Since it is so ubiquitous, many women have come to accept that it is just part of being a woman. This is ludicrous! It is settling for what happens to be the situation for many, instead of envisioning the possibilities that are available for all. It is accepting mediocrity instead of creating grandeur. It is maintaining the status quo instead of envisioning the truth.
Sarah Maria (via curvesahead)
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Yo-yo is an inaccurate way to describe weight fluctuation. It is not the term anyone would use to describe the highs and lows that were the basis of my self-esteem. Yo-yo sounds frivolous, childish, disrespectful. Yo-yo sounds like a thing outside of yourself that you can just decide to put away and not pick up anymore.
Portia de Rossi; Unbearable Lightness
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Don’t kid yourself into thinking weight issues are not important. It isn’t a frivolous thing. Fat is still a feminist issue. Weight is not just about our bodies. It’s how we feel about ourselves. It affects every decision we make. The status quo would like you to think of it as a petty, unimportant thing, to make fun of it like it is a ridiculous, female obsession, a weakness. It is one of their greatest weapons. Don’t become a casualty. This war is almost over, and we are going to win.
Margaret Cho; I’m The One That I Want
Monday, January 10, 2011
No one has any obligation to be healthy. Health is a combination of luck (genetics), choice (what you do), and privilege (what you have access to) and you really can’t tell who is healthy based on how they look. There are health risks to lots of things, like getting in a car, flying, or just walking down the street. Life has health risks.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an ED — it’s a lifestyle change.
Lesley Kinzel (via heyfatchick)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Health is not a moral issue. Health does not look the same from person to person. Health is not a bludgeon to be used against other people so we can stick our nose in their choices.
Health is a wildly personal issue, varying from individual to individual. Health encompasses those with chronic illnesses and those with disabilities and those who are, I don’t know, fucking Olympians. I support and promote Health At Every Size because I want people to take care of themselves in whatever way works for THEM but I cannot support a blanket Pro-Health statement. “Health” as it is used in American culture at the moment excludes mental health from the equation and gives people a license to say things like, “well, you know, they eat every meal at McDonald’s” and then feel morally superior.
I don’t give a fuck if you eat every meal at McDonalds or if you eat an entirely raw organic local diet or anything in between. I don’t give a fuck if you never get off the couch or if you run marathons or anything in between. You are entitled to basic human dignity. You are entitled to people backing the hell up off of your life and not moralizing about what you put in your mouth - whether you are making food choices and movement choices from an actual place of empowered choice or because of food deserts or because of any other damn thing.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Fat activists don’t deny that fat can impact health. We deny the conclusions drawn about that. Both about individual health and about personal morality or responsibility. Fat people have unique health concerns that need to be addressed. The issue is that our current system doesn’t do that. It fails the health needs of fat people by insisting on stigmatizing fat and promoting failed treatments that do nothing to address one’s health. They say that fat activists don’t care about the health of fat people, but I say that’s 100% false. We DO care about the health of fat people and that’s why we demand better than futile weight loss dieting. They’ve had decades to enforce their views and its done nothing. We need to stop this and start finding ways to serve fat people’s health needs with respect for their body. Not with an insistence that the body change before you start caring. That’s not the conversation they want to happen, but its what must happen. - Brian
http://red3.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-conversation-fat-and-health.html (via silentbeep)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
If I were to do a clothing line, it would be for sizes 16 and higher. Because I really believe that those women are truly a neglected population, and when I visit department stores and I go to the shop that’s called “woman,” I am horrified! Horrified by the awful, degrading, disrespectful choices that women have. It is mind boggling. I mean, selecting these gigantic prints, and it’s… I mean, who wants to look like a couch?
Monday, August 16, 2010
Marriage is no measuring-stick of worth and “getting the guy” (heteronormative!) is not the happy ending of anything. This is not the movies. Lovers come and go. Your body is always your body.
But more than that — and here I repeat myself, again and again as I have for years upon years, and as I will continue to do, to be sure more people hear — no amount of shame is ever going to make me thin. I am not fat because of a shame deficit, and supplying me with additional shame is not a productive solution to a circumstance that I don’t even consider a problem. All shaming fat people does is make them feel like shit about themselves, and if you enjoy doing that, hey, it’s a free country — but you should know that it also makes you an asshole.
Lesley Kinzel @ Fatshionista