- Are we shaming fat people enough?
- Are we ostracizing fat people enough
- Are we oppressing fat people enough
- Are doctors doing a good enough job of ignoring fat people’s actual health issues and focusing on their body sizes?
- Are we making fat people feel horrible enough about themselves?
- Are we stereotyping fat people enough?
- Are we doing a good enough job of conflating weight and health?
The answer seems to almost always be “No, we could be doing more.”
Look, if you are one of these people, I imagine it must be very stressful to constantly try to take responsibility for, and worry about, the business and bodies of so many people who aren’t you, so let me help you out:
You have done enough; more than enough even. It’s time for you to go look for your beeswax at your own home and in your own mirror.
If you want to make the lives of fat people better, the absolute best thing you could do is leave us alone. I have been thinner and I can tell you that it didn’t improve my quality of life even a fraction as much as not being constantly stigmatized, stereotyped and oppressed would. Seriously, trust me on this – you’ve done enough, go sit down now.
I know this may be hard to wrap your head around, so feel free to read this sentence a couple of times: Fat people’s bodies are not a signal that we require your interference in our lives. No, really – it’s true. You know how you can make decisions for yourself about food, exercise, health without people giving you 386,170 negative messages about your body every year? You know how you manage to make choices for yourself without being the subject of a war based on how you look? Well, fat people are just like you, only bigger! We are capable of doing our own research and making our own decisions about our health and bodies, so you are totally off the hook. Isn’t that great?! Aren’t you just so relieved?!
If you are interested in public health, then it would be great if you would focus your efforts on making sure that everyone has access to the foods that they would choose, safe movement options that they enjoy (and that means physically safe and also emotionally safe so that they know that they can put on a swimsuit and walk around without even the thought that they would be treated poorly or shamed about their bodies), affordable evidence-based healthcare, and true information. Then you can make choices for you and let other people make choices for themselves.
I promise – you’ve done enough about “obesity.” Please return to your homes and the policing of your own bodies only. Thank you.
I’m “obese” and I approved this message.
Like the blog? Here’s more of my stuff:
Interviews with Amazing Activists!! Help Activists tell our movement’s history in their own words. Support In Our Own Words: A Fat Activist History Project!
Become a member: For just ten bucks a month you can keep this blog ad-free, support the activism work I do, and get deals from cool businesses Click here for details
The Book: Fat: The Owner’s Manual The E-Book is Name Your Own Price! Click here for details
Dance Classes: Buy the Dance Class DVDs or download individual classes – Every Body Dance Now! Click here for details