“Aren’t You Worried About Your Health?”
probably the most succinct, easy-to-read dismantling of fat health myths by the fab heyfatchick! yayyyy!
1. Fat is not a barrier to health
Which might be true, but let’s see some facts, mmm? The bullets underneath this one talk about psychological ways that being fat is healthy, but I’d be interested in seeing some facts for the physical ways.
2. Health is not a virtue
Okay. But when I choose to hang out with people who do healthy things (including eating and exercise), and you’re excluded, I don’t want to hear it.
3. We all deserve bodily autonomy
Yeah. Nobody knows about being healthy at all. Not scientists, or nutritionists, or anyone else that researches this sort of thing. What do they know? And, yeah, sure, I don’t get to tell you want to do with your body or enforce it, but I also don’t have to associate with you, or value your other opinions.
4. Stop being a jerk.
I’d like to know where you’re getting the information for your first couple of sentences. Links, sources, something??? Wikipedia me, bub.
And, actually, as a trend, I’ve noticed fatties are low on the self-esteem. Nope, I’m not trying to police your body. I’m giving you a judgment I’ve made based on what I’ve seen. You can either feel bad about it and continue doing what you’ve always done, or you can acknowledge that you feel bad because of something I’ve said, and do something to change it. The choice is yours.
PS- I won’t EVER stop being a jerk. So good luck on that.
“And, yeah, sure, I don’t get to tell you want to do with your body or enforce it, but I also don’t have to associate with you”
That’s cool. Don’t.
I had my CONCERN TROLL image here first…but then I realized you’re not at all concerned about anyone but you and your aesthetic. Moving on to the point:
“Which might be true, but let’s see some facts, mmm? The bullets underneath this one talk about psychological ways that being fat is healthy, but I’d be interested in seeing some facts for the physical ways.”
Did you even read the article? Or just the bulleted list?
It is possible for someone to be fat and healthy, just as it is possible for someone to be thin and unhealthy. Not only that, having adipose tissue has been associated with some health benefits, such as protection against infections, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and high blood pressure (yes, really!).
The tragedy of this is that repeated efforts to lose weight could actually damage our health. Studies have shown that weight cycling (where one loses and regains weight repeatedly) and stress from experiencing fat stigma is far more detrimental than being jiggly; so much so that they may be the cause of a number of health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The stress of you calling us fat MAKES us fatter.
“Okay. But when I choose to hang out with people who do healthy things (including eating and exercise), and you’re excluded, I don’t want to hear it.”
Your loss!! I am told frequently that I’m the best. Really. Awesomecordonbleu to the max. And by the way, my being fat has nothing to do with my ability to do “healthy” things. If you base your friendship around your definition of health you must be really lonely, and if you’re not now you will be because we all get old and sick in the end! Ya know what…I’m glad you’d exclude me, actually. I prefer to hang out with open minded people, no what their lifestyle and eating habits.
“Yeah. Nobody knows about being healthy at all. Not scientists, or nutritionists, or anyone else that researches this sort of thing. What do they know?”
Excuse me, who is talking about professionals?? The author never mentioned them, only “our families, our friends, strangers on the street, anonymous commenters on the internet.” There is a HUGE difference between being evaluated and educated by medical professionals and being talked shit to by the likes of people such as yourself.
“And, yeah, sure, I don’t get to tell you want to do with your body or enforce it, but I also don’t have to associate with you, or value your other opinions.”
Again, your loss!!
“I’d like to know where you’re getting the information for your first couple of sentences. Links, sources, something??? Wikipedia me, bub.”
People in relationships have longer life spans and recover from illness better than their single peers.
Our friends in Iceland are likely to outlive us.
So are those who regularly attend religious services.
“And, actually, as a trend, I’ve noticed fatties are low on the self-esteem.”
How would you know when you admittedly exclude them from your life? My self-esteem is banging, and so is the confidence and body image of MOST of my fat friends.
“Nope, I’m not trying to police your body. I’m giving you a judgment I’ve made based on what I’ve seen.”
Passing judgement on someone based solely on what they look like and then telling them that they need to change the way they live to look the way you think they should IS in fact the definition of body policing. Please stop talking about things you don’t understand.
“You can either feel bad about it and continue doing what you’ve always done, or you can acknowledge that you feel bad because of something I’ve said, and do something to change it. The choice is yours.”
I will not feel bad for liking food. Food is fuel and pleasure. I will not feel “sinful” when I have chocolate and I will NEVER buy something that says “guilt-free” on it. FUCK THAT. I also do not feel bad about anything you’ve said, because it’s all turned out to be ignorance. I have links and you have hate so….
There is one thing you’re right about in all this. -I- have a choice. I have many, actually. I choose to live my life to the fullest regardless of what people like you/the media tells me I should do. I will not restrict everything I eat for the rest of my life. Swimming against the current forever is not my idea of happiness. If that’s what brings you joy, great, but don’t fucking bash me for wanting to be happy my way. I would NEVER judge you for living YOUR life the way YOU want to. HOW FUCKING DARE YOU attack people this way.
“PS- I won’t EVER stop being a jerk. So good luck on that.”
FUCK! Why didn’t I scroll down and read that first?? I wouldn’t have even bothered trying to educate you. Oh well, maybe someone else will learn something, since you don’t give a shit about being a decent person.
Your image is pretty cute. :3
Yeah, and how much adipose tissue is healthy? Yes, weight cycling is unhealthy. And when or if you just want to start exercising and you happen to be overweight, that is something you are warned about. Because exercising when you previously didn’t have much frequent activity (walking to the car, working in a grocery store, working as a waitress, etc, are not forms of exercise I’m talking about. I mean, activity in addition to what you already do) will make you lose at least the tinisiest amount of weight.
What stress do you even experience from being fat? People telling you you’re fat? Psychologically speaking, if someone told you that you are fat, and you don’t mind being fat, then it wouldn’t bother you. In case you were unaware, people who are really thin also get that sort of behaviour from others. My cousin, for instance, is very, very small. She’s a size 0, and this is without exercise (and I’ve always been very jealous of her). From our family alone, she’s been told that she needs to stop exercising because she’s damaging her health, that she needs to eat more food and stop with the anorexic behavior, that she’s just “way too skinny”, and how “unhealthy” it is for her. Imagine if she were fat: Instead, she’d hear “you need to start exercising because being fat is damaging to your health”, that she “needs to eat less food and stop her overeating”, that she’s just “way too fat”, and how “unhealthy” it is for her. Both of those forms of criticism that you have received at some point, really thin people hear as well. Maybe you were called names? She’s also been called things like “string bean”, or “skinny as a rail”, and various other things. Anything that’s happened to you because you are fat, I’m sure someone who is really thin (without trying, mind you. My cousin never exercises, and she loves to eat food) has also experienced it relating to how they they are. And guess what? It hasn’t made her any skinnier. So this “if we’re harassed, it makes us fatter thing” sounds kind of fishy.
You’re really super awesome? That’s pretty cool. How fast can you run? Because, I’m sure you can’t run as fast as me, and that’s one of my favorite activities. How agile are you? Because if you aren’t very agile, you’ll be bad at playing Badminton, and that’s also one of my favorite activities. How coordinated are you? Because if you aren’t very coordinated, you won’t be very good at casual ice-skating, and I spend a lot of time at the ice arena (because it’s right across from where I live, and I love ice-skating). What about tennis? Are you quick and light on your feet? Because that’s a fourth of my favorite activities. And when I’m like 60, I’ll still be able to do these activities (or at least modified a little bit), because I’m in shape now. After ~40, it gets really hard to get in shape, and people who weren’t in shape before that tend to get really frail when they’re old.
I’m not losing much!!
First source link is about relationships, not weight.
Second source link is about life-span, not weight.
Third source link is about how religion helps life-span, not weight.
All three are irrelevant. What about sources to back up her claims about weight??
Because every fat person I’ve ever come into contact with has treated themselves like a piece of crap. Or, they get upset and personally offended when someone tells them about how they’re fat. I don’t get upset when people comment on how skinny I am (because, well, it’s true), or make jokes about being red-headed (because, well, I am redheaded, and the joke itself is usually ridiculous anyway), or insult my driving because I’m female (because, hey, if they’re going to make fun of me for the way I drive, well, okay? What is that supposed to do to me?), or when someone insults me because I wear glasses, and am nearly blind in my left eye (because, well, those things are true, and if I wanted to change those things, I’d do lasik, and my left eye would improve, and my right eye would be fine, but that’s expensive, and I like my glasses, so it doesn’t upset me), or make fun of me for any other reason. Why do you get so upset when people call you fat, or call you names because your fat, or say other mean things because you’re fat? Isn’t being fat your choice? Don’t you get to say whether being fat is acceptable to you or not? Don’t you get to decide what to eat, when to eat it, or whether or not you want or will exercise? Unless someone is forcing you to do those things, then, being fat is your choice, not exercising is your choice, eating what you want is your choice, and if someone says “You’re fat!”, well, it’s true, and if you don’t mind being fat, it wouldn’t upset you.
I’m not actually telling you YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BODY. I’m saying, stop getting upset when people tell you that you’re fat (and mean it as an insult) if being fat is okay.
I never said to feel bad for liking food. I love food. I eat like a piggy-pig. I eat chocolate all the time (just ate a smore, and made rice crispies last night, which are full of butter and sugar, and fat and wonderful). I’m not sure where you’ve found food that says “guilt-free” on it, but hey, you might live somewhere different from me. And I don’t feel guilty when I eat chocolate or sugar, or anything else. Because, when I go and exercise, I know that it’ll go away, and it won’t affect me. At all. Not in weight, not in health. Because I like exercising. So if I feel like loaded up on the trans and saturated fats, or if I want to eat something loaded with sugar, I can. What links do you have? Links to life-span, religion, and relationships? I wasn’t even talking about those, so you can keep them for yourself.
I haven’t attacked anyone but the person who wrote the original article. This wasn’t even about you, so, uh, no idea where you’re getting that. If it were about you, I’d have posted it on your tumblr.
Educate me? About what? Relationships, religion, and life-span?? Hell, I saw those things wayyyy before you typed this up, so you could have saved yourself even that!
lol I’m not a decent person. Neat!