Fat. It’s one of the last acceptable frontiers of hilarious mockery (just take a look at how Rob Ford is often ridiculed, not for his terrible decisions and bad leadership but for his weight.) We’re spending millions of dollars on fighting the so-called obesity epidemic. The CBC declared it was aiding Canadians across the country in their battle against the bulge. They even had a reality show about a whole town on a diet (and all of those people will have gained back all of that weight and potentially more in a mere 3-5 years because and feel free to say this with me because Diets don’t work!)
In 2010 Americans (now the second fattest nation on earth) spent 40 BILLION dollars on the diet industry. With their economy crumbling around them and unemployment the highest it’s been in years, they still found a way to spend billions of dollars on weight loss and they’re still the second fattest nation on earth. Cognitive dissonance anyone?
There is a massive food desert in many places in North America. Many children go hungry in this city and across this country every day and yet we’re taught to find fat so repulsive we’d rather spend money on making people skinny than feeding those hungry kids. We’re starving our future. Does this make any sense to anyone?
Full disclosure, I’m fat and not just a little. I’m morbidly obese, (according the the BMI I’m death fat wheee! But has anyone updated the BMI since the 19th century, or figured out if it really works? Hint: nope!) And for a long time doctors have been threatening me with all of the terrible things that are going to go wrong with me because of it. Everything from sprained ankles and knee problems to diabetes, and anything that did go wrong was easily solved if only I was willing to lose “the weight“.Because skinny people are always completely and uniformly healthy all the time, they never have joint problems or any health related problems at all ever.
“But we’re worried about your health” is something I hear all the time. (This kind of behavior is know as concern trolling and it makes me a little bit crazy.) There are many fat people who are in-shape and healthy. If you were actually worried about my health; you’d stop trying to shame me, you’re actually worried about my “unattractive” fat. (If shame worked as an incentive to be thinner I’d weight about -300000 lbs)
Let me let you in on a little secret, humans have been fat since forever, not just since the introduction of corn syrup into any all pre-packaged and processed food. Human bodies come in all kinds of wonderful shapes, sizes, and abilities. It’s one of the most beautiful things about the human body, our ability to be so incredibly different and yet so achingly similar.
What we’re doing right now isn’t working. We need to take a very close look at what we’re doing to our food system, the automation of work, how drugs and hormones in our food are affecting our metabolisms. GMOs, corporate farming, and how our food has become much less nutritious. And we need stop celebrating a person’s size and instead celebrate their work towards health no matter what their size or ability.