Tapati (tapati) wrote,
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Wow--A confessed "fattist" rants

Flab Isn't Fab, is a fat-bashing rant by Ruth Fowler, who is apparently convinced that people like me eat "...six whole rotisserie chickens a day washed down with 16 pints of double cream, half a cow and probably the entire produce of Ireland's potato farms, deep-fried and with a coating of beer batter." Ruth thinks we eat "12,000" calories a day and our food bill per month would pay her mortgage for a year. Um, Ruth, if we ate 12,000 calories a day that would equal 24 pounds a week gained, more or less. That would cause us to gain over 1200 pounds per year. Only a very few fat people ever reach a thousand pounds.

But Ruth, tell us what you really think. Don't hold anything back. How do you feel about short people? Old people? People in wheelchairs? Is there anyone you approve of?

Fortunately the commenters ripped into her, though it's now closed to comments. But once again I must say that we need to separate out appearance and health issues, prejudice and medical needs. I suspect that someday we'll all have a better understanding of the mechanism of appetite, the role of psychology, and have appropriate therapies--preferably to prevent excessive weight gain in young people that leads to childhood and adult obesity. In the meantime, I wish to point out that the fat acceptance movement has gotten more fat people to exercise than any amount of fat bashing ever did.
Tags: body image, fat acceptance, health, looksism, sexism
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