This is going to be a long one… so bare with me.
I touched on the subject of “Fat Acceptance”, or FA, a while ago in my post: Love Yourself – FAT BUTT and all in which I talk about how fat people are missing the point when it comes to wanting to be accepted for “what they are”. They misunderstand that they are not being judged by others really for their appearance, but because of the choices they have made that make them become and look unhealthy.
Being more than just a few pounds overweight is not healthy for many reasons. I’m not going to list it’s negative effects here, but you can read what they are yourselves from the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- The FDA
- National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive Kidney Diseases
- American Heart Association
Mostly, it’s the same stuff on all of these sites. They just explain it in different ways. The point is that you can’t deny that these are highly reputable sources for health information.
It drives me bonkers when I read blogs that are tailored toward the Fat Acceptance bandwagon. The OVERWHELMING tone among every post, and every comment (except for those from people like me), is so far away from reality, and so delusional that when I feel the urge to comment, I don’t know where to begin. These people are saying things that have no basis, and are clearly only serving their own arguments with conclusions that are drawn from studies suggesting that what they believe is fact.
And what is it that they believe?
- That NOT ONE of them chose to be the fat person that they are.
- That anyone who suggests that they CHOSE to be fat is absolutely wrong.
- That they are what they are, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
- That despite the extra fat that they carry around, they believe that they are all very healthy.
- That the research studies providing the results that each of the websites above has spelled out are flawed.
So if you, my readers, happened to bother with checking out the websites I posted above, you would have seen that some very reputable organizations have spelled out the health risk facts for our fatty friends. But as I just mentioned, people that preach FA refuse to be labeled as unhealthy.
Fat Acceptance bloggers and commenter’s will be the first to tell you that they see skinny people eating “unhealthy” things all the time. OF COURSE “HEALTHY” IS A RELATIVE TERM!!!! Obviously thin people make bad food choices too, but you don’t know how many steps they’ve taken that day, or if they took the stairs to get to their office, or if they eat like that everyday, or if their portion sizes are the same as yours, or if they do or don’t have midnight snacks, or if they get a decent amount of sleep at night, or if they participate in any regular physical activities, or if they sit in front of the TV or a computer for hours a day. My point is, there are COUNTLESS factors to consider when determining whether someone is healthy or not. You don’t know every single thing they do. You can’t just point out that the not-obese person sitting across from you at Dairy Queen is having a butterfinger milkshake too.
The easiest way to not take responsibility for your actions is to point out the faults of others.
Feeling healthy is relative too. If you’ve been fat your whole life, of course you don’t know what it feels like to not be 30% heavier than you should be. There may not be anything specifically wrong with you, but you’d be an idiot to not realize that simply existing in a world with gravity would be easier if you weighed less. Sure you can be lucky and have no illnesses, but I’d be willing to bet that if you are obese your knees and your back hurt often. Do skinny people have bad knees and backs? Of course. But probably not for the same reasons. If the only life you know is a lethargic one, then it makes sense that you wouldn’t understand what it’s like to be energetic. From your point of view, you feel healthy. But to what do you have to compare the way you feel?
Making improvements in your diet is a strange thing. You don’t so much feel noticeably better, as much as you DON’T FEEL BAD. When you don’t overeat, you don’t feel that brick in your gut that’s trying to digest, putting huge strains on your stomach and colon. Therefore, you also don’t get constipated. Digestion being slowed by bad foods can quite literally weigh you down. It drains your energy. Only when you don’t have these bad feelings all the time do you really notice them when you do. Eating foods high in sugar and fat cause your hormones to fluctuate wildly, causing you to go from feeling great, to shit. But of course you wouldn’t realize this is happening to you unless you stopped for a period of time.
Why is it that whenever a group of people start slipping from the norm, they do everything they can to lower the standard? Is it to make themselves feel better? Is it to try and make themselves seem like they are normal? I can tell you right now an FA supporter would respond to this by saying:
Why do I have to be normal??”
Well, first of all, do I really have to always abstain from using a word that is a general term? Second, by normal I don’t mean look and dress like everyone else. I mean not look like you smuggle ding dongs under your fat rolls.
So guess what happens when I comment on some of these blogs? My comment gets deleted. I’m not joking. I even make sure that I don’t comment in an attacking manner. What’s the point of having a blog if you’re not open to discussion? If you’re not open to all viewpoints? It must be nice to only allow the comments that agree with you, and make it seem like you are even more correct because no one seems to disagree with you. Maybe WordPress should have a filter that bloggers can enable so that only the agreeable comments are allowed.
The simple fact that these bloggers are not open to discussion tells me that deep down they are utterly unsure of themselves, and are not willing to argue their point of view because they don’t want to question their beliefs. The SECOND anyone acts in such a manner in any facet of life, it serves to completely invalidate their point. If you participated in a debate with anyone, about anything, and chose to not listen to the opposing viewpoint when considering your next argument, you would most certainly lose that debate. Actually, if you made sure that somehow the person with the opposing viewpoint were to disappear, you would win by default…
I understand now.
What’s wrong with having a goal? Something to aspire to? If nothing more than to always want to better yourself? They make it sound like such a bad thing. Apparently, there’s a fine line between accepting what you are… and giving up. And then in some strange, disgusting fashion, being proud of it.
Fat Acceptance might as well be called “FAT PRIDE”.
Check out a few Fat Acceptance pages and blogs, and be sure to read the comments. You may be astounded at just how resentful, self loathing, delusional, and blind they are to the countless and reputable sources out there that spell out the negative aspects of being an unhealthy weight.