Fat Equals Unhealthy?

Not necessarily.  Just like thin does not necessarily mean healthy. 

The group that is somewhat fat tends to live the longest.  The group that is underweight tends to live the shortest time.  And the fact is, we’re all going to die at some point.

Kelly Bliss has pointed out that people with yellow teeth often develop terrible diseases like cancer and emphysema.  Did the yellow teeth cause those diseases?  of course not.  It was something that caused the yellow teeth – smoking.  Yellow teeth was a symptom or indication of something else going on that was causing the ill health. 

Fat people seem to be at greater risk for certain conditions.  But there is no evidence that the fat is causing the conditions.  It is entirely possible that there is something else going on with the people who develop those conditions that also causes them to be fat.  We just don’t know.

There are other things that affect fat people simply because they are fat – that have nothing to do with their personal behavior – like STRESS? 

Hellooooooo.  Being fat in this society leads to a lot of stress.  Seems like everybody feels it’s okay to take a pot shot at the fatty.  We have come to expect ill treatment which leads to stress before we are even treated badly.  We’re underpaid and underemployed, which means we have less money.  We are the target of open discrimination in housing, employment, healthcare, adoption, etc.

As they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. 

So gee, do you think all this stress may lead to health issues? 

And, of course, we avoid going to the doctors.  What can I say.  People don’t like to get yelled at for something that is not their fault and, in fact, should not be perceived as a “fault”.  Tons of studies out there showing that healthcare professionals don’t like fat people.  Period.  And a lot of them are not shy about letting you know it.  So going to see the doctor is usually not a fun time for anybody, but for fat people it is extra awful. 

Which means on a certain level, fat people are being denied effective healthcare; and forget about affordable healthcare because the health insurance companies won’t cover us.  (I’ll be very interested to see if the new healthcare legislation will “help” fatties get insurance.)

So I think there is a lot more going on with fat people’s health than just being fat.  Okay?

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.

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One thought on “Fat Equals Unhealthy?

  1. Actually, assuming the health care legislation comes through the senate in its current form, fatties will be better able to get health insurance because it stops insurance companies refusing insurance for pre-existing conditions, and fat was considered a pre-existing condition just as much as cancer, diabetes, and asthma. Basically, it meant they felt you were more likely to actually use your health insurance to get medical aid, so they didn’t want to insure you. So yes, it will get us more access.

    As to whether it will be access to better care, that’s as big a crap shoot as ever it was. Some of us find amazing doctors who honestly do their best to treat whatever comes up, but more of us find that everything from osteoperosis to an earache is treated with one prescription: lose weight you disgusting cow,

    Evidence is on our side, but conventional wisdom takes the other. It’s going to take a long time to fix those perceptions. Me? I’ll keep fighting. Even if it does little good for me, it’s all going to help future generations.

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