This is a comment by Mike L on the post “I Don’t Have to Explain My Fat to You“.
I’ve heard these things before, and I personally take issue with “fat acceptance” for two reasons.
First, for reasons I do not understand, many members of the fat acceptance movement seem to hate me. I was a student at City College of San Francisco before transferring to a 4-year school, and during my time there I attended a couple of events where Linda Bacon would speak about Fat Acceptance. At every single event someone (and in fairness it was usually an audience comment rather than an academic) would attempt to demonize “thin men” as the source of all of society’s problems.
Even if you wanted to demonize thin people, why were men singled out every time?
Furthermore, my family has a long history of heart disease, so I have little choice but to be proactive about prevention or else face heart disease myself. This means I exercise vigorously six days a week and I’m very careful about what I eat. As a result, I am a thin man. How am I supposed to feel when I hear myself being demonized because of steps that I am reasonably taking to prevent the plight I watched my grandmother suffer through?
If the FA movement wanted an ally, they screwed up.
Second, even if the FA movement wasn’t problematic, the comparison to the LGBT community is preposterous. Homosexuality does not drive up my medicare costs.
Now, are there “healthy” fat people? Sure. Are fat people in America on average “healthy”? No, not by a long shot.
When the author writes:
“There are so many people who can be on board with FA or other fat-positive principles, provided the fat person in question is healthy….F*** That.”
It’s pretty clear that the author is not actually concerned with an ongoing public health crisis in America which affects all of us through insurance premiums, medicare, and medicaid. It’s one thing to argue that we should not stigmatize fat. It’s another to argue that being unhealthy has no societal costs at all.
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