I read this article because of the title “Shame Is Not a Healthcare Strategy”. Hear, hear. Great title, and the article started out so well. And then it just went to shit.
The author (Connie Schultz) was doing great when she was talking about how wrong fat bashing is; how it doesn’t help anyone.
Then she goes on to tell us all how to turn fat people into thin people, or at least thinner people. Because, you know, fat people don’t know about eating healthy and exercising and stuff like that; and if fat people could afford healthier food we would all be thinner.
Oh, and also fat people tend not to go to the doctor (Ms. Schultz attributes it to lack of health insurance not because fat people have been routinely terrorized by the healthcare industry), where we could benefit from constant monitoring and intervention through regular checkups. Yeah, that is exactly what healthcare for fat people is lacking – more monitoring and intervention focused on our weight.
But of course medical monitoring and medical intervention is what is required because this is a “medical epidemic”.
Being fat, according to the author, is a complex problem that requires complex solutions.
PLEASE, DON’T SOLVE ME.
I am not a problem, nor is my fat a problem to be solved. I am a person, and my fat is part of the person I am. And how dare you assume that I need to be solved.
I may not be the same as you, but that is okay. It’s called diversity. Don’t they teach that in school anymore – that people are different and that it’s a good thing?
As the old saying goes, protect me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies myself.
If you must, here is the addy for the article: http://www.truthout.org/091309D?n