Three things determine health: genetics, physical activity and food intake. You cannot judge any of these three things by simply looking at a person. You can be 100 pounds and be healthy. You can be 300 pounds and be healthy. It all depends on the individual. Humans are not monolithic.
And you call fat people lazy when you assume they are unhealthy just by looks? Your brain is lazy… and prejudiced.
Massive amounts of truth.
it seems that today is the day that prominent tumblrs decided to say they think FA is fascist and is anti-dieting. see, the thing about fat ACCEPTANCE is that the whole point is to say its ok and acceptable to be whatever size you are, even if you do not ever care to change it! dieting is the norm, even for non-fat women, especially in the US. dieting refers to the industry of convincing women they can drop those pesky 5, 10, or 25 lbs keeping them from actualizing their lives as awesome, sexy babes like those ladies in the magazines. dieting needs no champion. it has its hold. it seems that the original poster who said she disagrees about diets not working is mistaking this multi million dollar industry with just changing her eating habits. she keeps defending her stance by saying FA taught her to eat nothing but junk food and resign herself to saying she couldnt change anything anyway and she will be fat and unhealthy forever. this is a cop out. own your actions! im fat without eating junk food. my eating habits are none of your business and yours are none of mine. if you believe switching from fast food to healthy foods is dieting, then i think you may be leading a charmed life. dieting is the culture of deprivation, while healthy eating is EATING! FA does not make you fat, nor does it encourage you to do nothing to change your life. FA encourages you to love yourself as you are, whatever that may be. in fact, i just call the whole movement BODY acceptance, because i think its an important thing for all women to come to terms with. (and men, too.) i work hard at loving myself, eating healthy for me and keeping my body strong. dieting talk has no place in my life. you wanna talk about it? fine. but do NOT take away the positivity that this movement has brought to so many.
I also tend to call it “body acceptance” over “fat acceptance” for that very same reason. A+ indeed.
I’m feeling particularly fiery this fine afternoon…I thought I would jot down some things that I hold near and dear, and things I feel everyone should realize/consider/practice.
Please realize that body-shaming is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Please consider the sources of “studies” and news stories- Realize that the news you read is sometimes paid for by companies that want you to buy their products. Fat-hate and fear sell products very, very well.
Realize your body is no ones business but your own. Do not allow others to police YOUR body.
Instead of focusing on people’s “unhealthy” bodies- why are we not shaming greed, homophobia,sexism,hate?
Fat and other “non-normative” bodies are currently public property to discuss and dissect and shame. Take your body BACK!!!!!
Take healthy steps if they work for YOU, not because someone shames you into them.
Loving & accepting your body is a revolutionary thing. Please realize that at the end of the day- you are the only one in your head, the only person you have to answer to. Live by your own standards, and not for anyone else.
So many amazing thoughts and messages here.
“Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes…”
Kate Harding (via rebrandingbodyimage)
An important distinction. I’m repping the “thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise” group. Fatness and unhealthiness aren’t necessarily concomitant (and neither are thinness and health).
I am loving all the reblogging and responses to Miss Harding’s quote I posted!
“Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes. This is why it’s so fucking crucial to separate the concept of “obesity” from “eating crap and not exercising.” The two are simply not synonymous — not even close — and it’s not only incredibly offensive but dangerous for thin people to keep pretending that they are. There are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise — and are thus putting their health at risk — and there are fat people who treat their bodies very well but remain fat. Really truly.”
Kate Harding (via rebrandingbodyimage)
how does this not get through people’s heads?
That is the very question I am trying to answer.
- “You look like you lost weight” being considered a compliment (plus it’s a shitty compliment — it makes me wonder what you thought of me before I lost weight)
- Losing weight automatically being considered a healthy choice
- People policing others’ bodies, health, etc.
- Weight loss commercials
- Fat people being seen as inherently unhealthy
- Fat people being seen as inherently unattractive
- People assuming at no one finds fat beautiful, sexy, etc.
- Being reminded that I’m fat (you think I don’t know that?)
- …and that being fat is considered inherently a bad thing.
My high school theatre director recently lost a LOT of weight and when I saw her for the first time I was like “Oh. You’re so skinny,” and it did come out like an “eh” thing, and she was like “Thanks!”, clearly overjoyed. I mean, she looks fine. It was just a sudden difference that I wasn’t prepared for. Anyway. This. All of this.
Whenever I describe myself as fat, all I hear in response is “You’re SO not fat.”
I am, in fact, fat. I own the fact that body has an abundance of fat. I am on the “slimmer” side of fat in that I still have the privilege of going to a straight-sized store and sometimes coming away with something that fits me, but I am a size 16 and my tummy can not be controlled. FAT.
The other day I said “Bella is getting so fat!” (referring to my cat) and all I heard in response was “You leave her alone, she’s not fat, she’s fluffy!” - as if I had deeply insulted her character. She’s a goddamn cat and she’s filling out, gaining a healthy amount of weight and maturing as cats often do, and she has a fat little tummy.
“Fat” is a descriptive word, not an insult.