Say Something Sunday – War on Obesity Edition

Say Something SundayIt’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, to personal Size Diversity activism. I did the math and if everyone who views the blog each week did one piece of Size Diversity Activism a week, it would add up to over 1.5 million body positive messages put out into the world this year.  Multiply that times the number of people who might see each of those messages and things start to increase exponentially. To be very clear, nobody is obligated to do activism so if this doesn’t appeal to you that’s totally cool, I’ll be back tomorrow with your regularly scheduled blog post!

Today’s theme is “The War on Obesity.”  There is no way that you can have a war against fat without making it a war against fat people. Even if you could, the idea that we should wage war against whatever part of people the government thinks makes their weight in pounds time 703 divided by their height in inches squared greater than 30 (which is how “obesity” is calculated) is seriously questionable.  Not to mention that even if people believe that this is about health and not fat, it’s really not ok to start a war against people because of their health status, or because you think that the world would be cheaper for others if people with that health status didn’t exist.  Not to mention that those interested in public health can create excellent campaigns that are completely weight neutral.

This is a pretty simple one – there is just no need for a war on obesity. When you see people talk about a “war on obesity” speak up and let them know that you are not interested in spending time and money going to war against people for how they look, or their health status,

If you want to do more of this kind of thing, consider joining the Rolls Not Trolls group on Facebook, it’s a group created for the specific purpose of putting body positive things in body negative spaces on the internet and supporting each other while we do that.  It’s a secret group so if you want to join just message me on facebook (I’m Ragen Chastain)

Have a great Say Something Sunday!

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3 thoughts on “Say Something Sunday – War on Obesity Edition

  1. Saying something (more like asking something) Sunday:

    1) By what means can I attain conscientious objector status in this ridiculous “War on Obesity”?

    2) Why does my MD ask “Are you taking anything for weight loss?” at *every* appointment? Write this on the front of my chart folks, in large, red, permanent Sharpie:

    -Quote attributed to Homey D. Clown, In Living Color, Episode 109, Birthday Party

  2. “speak up and let them know that you are interested in spending time and money going to war against people for how they look”

    I think you probably mean “are *not* interested”.

    And yeah, I’m definitely not interested in spending my time or money on this hateful, unscientific, completely lookist, BS of a “war”. Like many wars in the past, it’s all about money.

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