Saturday, April 14, 2012
Monday, January 10, 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”
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, August 16, 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)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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
Monday, July 5, 2010
Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.
In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.
The Fat Nutritionist - What is Ellyn Satter
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
[…] weight loss is never simply about eating less and dropping pounds, and anyone who says different either has no relevant experience on the matter or is living a life of extraordinary privilege. It is about pressure, about negotiating the boundaries of what we want and want other people want for us. It is about the constant coercion to just do it, just lose weight, because culture and people we know and people we don’t all say we should, and everyone just knows that, and your individual experience and mine, and what you want and what I want, and what you know and what I know — none of it matters in the rush to fit a standardized ideal.
Lesley Kinzel @ Fatshionista
Monday, April 26, 2010
I don’t think any woman’s “realness” should be judged on what she does to her body, because that is still buying into the idea that she somehow is her body. […] Even if she has fake boobs or a stomach balloon or hair extensions, she has a brain and a soul.
plus eyes: “Real Girl”
"The current aesthetic of thinness forces cruel pressures on the individual women. Few women are naturally thin, or indeed naturally any size. We are a variety of sizes. But the thin aesthetic which has dominated the last twenty years has put women in the impossible position of feeling that they must curb their appetites and their food intake. They must do this at the same time that they feed others and express their caring and concern for them through the food they prepare and serve. In other words, women absorb a powerfully contradictory message vis a vis food and eating. It is good for others, but bad for the woman herself; full of love and nurturance for others, full of self-indulgence to herself."
— Susie Orbach, “Fat is a feminist issue”