The notion behind “glorifying obesity” does not equate to “glorifying poor health” - it is a battle cry.
It does not choose one body type over another - it is a celebration of fat bodies, a validation of rights.
It begs you to question why a public health crisis targets one body type. Why…
The thing about ‘obesity’ is what is it for? It’s a bit like when gay people were branded ‘homosexual’ whilst everyone else was allowed to go about their business.
If fat people are to be units of ‘obesity’ then every other weight category should have it’s own unit of bullshit branding-formed from the stereotypical assumption of them.
If we are all equally disease, an epidemic of slim, an epidemic of chub, and epidemic of thin; then we’re all in it together aren’t we? No one is being set apart.
Seriously though, the essence of the problem with “glorification of obesity” is it is predicated on the notion that the norm for fatness is the hate fuelled hysteria set by the authorities and their tools.
Anything less than this i.e. a healthy balanced sustainable reaction is ‘glorification.’
I do not feel I’m glorifying anything merely because I do not accept that the absence of hate soaked hysteria as a problem.
It’s not the word, it’s the power relations behind it. That because someone wears a white coat, they can just brand anyone anything they damn well please. Everyone, regardless should be considering just how much power should be invested in those people to socially categorized others and change the status of physical, mental and intellectual health and well being.
They aren’t priests, or are they?
White coats are not elected, they do not have to consult their targets, nor answer for their actions to the people they affect. They don’t even have to be accurate, tell the truth or represent the facts they uncover in an unbiased manner.
There needs to be some discussion and ethical parameters set at some point.
I don’t care what they call others or myself, I don’t want to know. It is nothing to do with my identity unless I them it is. The same as it would be for what I’d call them, if I gave a shit.
There is a tongue-in-cheek attitude to the notion of embracing the term “glorifying obesity” - it’s a sassy jab, an effort to debunk and challenge, for all the very good reasons you’ve outlined and more. At the very least, it’s kick-starting a lot of real and necessary conversations and I fucking love it.