FAT IS NOT AN INSULT.
A few months ago, the NOLOSE people of color caucus posted this letter: http://www.nolose.org/activism/POC.php I agree with all of the concerns it expresses. I deeply regret the ways that the “I Stand” project repeated racism and white privilege. I apologize for fucking up and for the impact…
I just got this message and am going to answer it. Anonymous, this one is just for you, but since this came into our inbox anonymously I have to post it publicly. My apologies. I feel very unsure of if this is right to post this, but I want to help if I can. Anyone else can feel free to skip reading this one. - Geth
so excited to be a part of this awesome project with my tiny lady!! Thanks so much, Marilyn! xoxo!
It’s not acceptable for children to be overweight. I’m not saying children need to be picked on for their weight, & made to feel bad about it. But they also shouldn’t be told garbage about how it’s OKAY for them to be fat. Because it ISN’T okay. It’s a problem. One of the things that peeves me off the most is fat people having children, & these fat people turning their kids into fatties because the children get stuck eating just as poorly as what the parents do, & become just as lazy as what the parents are. If you want to live your life being a gross blob wasting away on your living room couch chowing down on pizzas, fine then, you go & do that. But at least have the decency to put some decent food in the house & make your child healthy meals ffs. Give them a chance at a healthy life instead of being a lazy good for nothing & sticking your child with the same miserable life that you’re living.
Btw I like how this says “children of all sizes” but all I see is some fat chick & a baby. Babies are all fat, people love that. I’m guessing the chick is the mother of the baby? I dunno. I don’t feel as though this image really has much to do with the text written here. Maybe the fat chick knows she’ll turn her baby into a supersized mini-me & is hoping by the time her child is six years old & waddling about that it won’t get made fun of. Lol~
Behavior Genetics. Volume 27, Number 4, 325-351, DOI: 10.1023/A:1025635913927. “Genetic and Environmental Factors in Relative Body Weight and Human Adiposity,” by Hermine H. M. Maes, Michael C. Neale and Lindon J. Eaves.
We review the literature on the familial resemblance of body mass index (BMI) and other adiposity measures and find strikingly convergent results for a variety of relationships. Results from twin studies suggest that genetic factors explain 50 to 90% of the variance in BMI. Family studies generally report estimates of parent–offspring and sibling correlations in agreement with heritabilities of 20 to 80%. Data from adoption studies are consistent with genetic factors accounting for 20 to 60% of the variation in BMI. Based on data from more than 25,000 twin pairs and 50,000 biological and adoptive family members, the weighted mean correlations are .74 for MZ twins, .32 for DZ twins, .25 for siblings, .19 for parent–offspring pairs, .06 for adoptive relatives, and .12 for spouses. Advantages and disadvantages of twin, family, and adoption studies are reviewed. Data from the Virginia 30,000, including twins and their parents, siblings, spouses, and children, were analyzed using a structural equation model (Stealth) which estimates additive and dominance genetic variance, cultural transmission, assortative mating, nonparental shared environment, and special twin and MZ twin environmental variance. Genetic factors explained 67% of the variance in males and females, of which half is due to dominance. A small proportion of the genetic variance was attributed to the consequences of assortative mating. The remainder of the variance is accounted for by unique environmental factors, of which 7% is correlated across twins. No evidence was found for a special MZ twin environment, thereby supporting the equal environment assumption. These results are consistent with other studies in suggesting that genetic factors play a significant role in the causes of individual differences in relative body weight and human adiposity.
[Image description: french bulldog on alternating pink and green background. Above text reads “New dress hides your stomach”. Bottom text reads “Find the next size smaller.” End description]
A submission from: http://honeyyoushouldseeme-inacrown.tumblr.com/
Fun, except that a stomach is an internal organ…which I hope stays intact and on the inside.
Telling someone they need to lose weight for the sake of their health is NOT bigotry.
Making protests like this is just a way for unhealthy, Overweight people to justify the fact that they’re unhealthy and overweight.
No, You don’t have to be a size 3 to be healthy. You could be a 12/14.
But THIS is NOT healthy.
“Health at every size”. THIS ISN’T HEALTHY!
This woman weighs 350+ pounds. Human bodies are NOT made to carry this much weight and be healthy. People who are this much over weight are more likely to suffer from joint discomfort, Heart failure and diabetes. Along with various other medical problems.
I’m not saying big isn’t beautiful, I’m saying when you get to certain “big” you need to take control of it. Not only that, But if she or other people like her DON’T take control of it- It’s only going to get worse.
I’m all for anti-bullying.
I’m all for stopping bigotry.
But there is a big difference between bigotry and giving someone advice that could save their life.
^ the above text makes me verrrrrry uncomfortable.
in one sense, yeah it’s unhealthy
but guess what. This person clearly knows being overweight is unhealthy. Telling them is bigotry, unless you are a doctor, or a certified health proffessional, or they have asked for the advice.
Some people gain weight easily. Some people have BED. The last thing they need is body hate.
As much as we can spout “every body is beautiful” until the cows come home (no jokes intended, I just have no other cliche phrase for that), that commentator makes a point. Look, you have the right to be whatever weight you want, and no one has the right to disrespect you for it. But while you can be healthy at a wide array of sizes, it is definitely a bell curve. There are certain under and overweight points where it’s just beyond the ability to maintain optimum health. I don’t care what her blood sugar tests at, if she doesn’t have sleep apnea, if she doesn’t mind shopping at plus size stores. But you can’t tell me that she can go up and down a set of stairs just as easily as she could if she were 100lbs lighter. I have been through that change. I KNOW the difference. And no matter how much I say I loved my body at 300something pounds, I can feel how much healthier I am now, and I know how much easier my life is. So sure, everyone is beautiful. Sure, everyone deserves to be treated with equal respect regardless of their size. But there is a point where a weight is just flat out too high to say “health at every size.” Same for a weight being too low. There’s a limit, and we need to stop the “feel good” crap if we want people to actually live a decent life instead of just smiling and pretending it’s all okay.
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^^^Exactly. Health at every size is just not feasible. I KNOW I was not healthy at 250 pounds. I couldn’t even walk 100 yards without my back seizing up. If anyone would have said “no hun, you are perfectly healthy at the size you are”, they would be either ignorant or a liar. I would PERSONALLY amend the campaign to be a “MENTAL health at every size”, because I do believe no matter what size, shape, age, sex, etc you are … you should still love yourself (easier said than done). HOWEVER, when I was 115 pounds, eating WELL under 1000 calories a day, and passing out while doing strenuous activity, I WAS NOT HEALTHY. When I was 250 pounds, unable to do more than 5 minutes of cardiovascular activity without severe chest pains, I WAS NOT HEALTHY. Am I thin at 206 pounds? No. Am I healthy? Yes. My body fat percentage, cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure are ALL within the healthy range, though I may not look “healthy” on the outside. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH LOVING YOURSELF, but I believe that trying to do what is best for yourself goes hand in hand. Getting yourself healthy, whether by gaining or losing weight, eating right, or working out, should never have the stigma it holds today. It should just be a natural desire for all of us. Anyways, not every size is healthy. We do need to start to realize this. It is ok to admit we are not healthy.
The only thing anyone can diagnose by looking at a fat person is their own level of prejudice toward fat people! I invite people here, who have just performed this sort of self-diagnosis, to explore the science and the extensive data that supports a Health At Every Size® approach as being vastly more beneficial to health, happiness, and social justice than a weight-loss approach could every in a million years hope to be. — Marilyn Wann, FAT!SO? author, longtime fat activist, weight diversity speaker
[Image Description: A “Health At Every Size” poster. An image of a naked fat white person with a curvy-ish figure sitting with their back to the camera. Their hair is pulled to the side so that the tattoo between their shoulders is visible; they also have a tatto on their lower back. Text at the bottom of the poster says, “I stand for decorating your body as you like, no matter how much there is to decorate. Stop weight bigotry.” End description.]
NO MATTER HOW MUCH THERE IS TO DECORATE
I want to “like” this ten billion times. Cause I love tattoos - love them SO MUCH - and have easily a half-dozen sort of nascent ideas for ink I want in various places, but even if I could afford them, I am still unsure. Because 99% of all the tattoo photos out there are of thin people, so I always wonder, will this look even close to how I picture it in my head, when it’s on my skin instead of a skinny person’s?
So I kind of think I need to adopt “no matter how much there is to decorate” as my mantra re: tattoos for myself.