People who want you to lose weight often say, “It’s not about looks, it’s about health.”
Most (if not all) of the benefits that you supposedly get from losing weight can be achieved through exercise even no weight loss occurs.
So if someone says they are on a calorie-restrictive diet for health reasons, they would be better off getting some extra exercise. And if you are getting extra exercise, your body is going to need fuel, so calorie restriction does not make sense if your only concern is health.
And nobody comes up to you and asks how your blood pressure or cholesterol is. They just tell you about this great diet, or tell you to exercise to lose weight, or that you’re just too fat.
And should you, for whatever reason, lose some weight – what is the first thing you hear? You LOOK wonderful. Uh-huh. No concern about why you might have suddenly lost weight, just you look terrific. Like dramatic weight loss is always a good thing.
A friend from NAAFA lost some weight as a result of diabetes. When people tell her how great she looks she tells them that it is a symptom of a life threatening disease.
And it’s the “war on obesity” — not the war for good health.
As I said, in a previous post, I’m sharing my thoughts on various arguments and questions that seem to always come up in discussions on fat acceptance. I think all fat people can benefit from being prepared when faced with these questions and knowing what they want to say. As always, I encourage you to share your thoughts, comments and any additional information you have, so we can all be better prepared when faced with this, whether it stems from ignorance or prejudice.