Every time somebody says significant long term weight loss is easily achievable, a fat fairy gets her wings ripped off.
According to a recent study, negative attitudes toward fat people increase when participants are falsely told that body weight is easily controllable:
Worse yet, the same study shows that not only can weight stigma continue after the person has lost weight; but the study participants:
“… expressed greater bias against obese people after reading about women who had lost weight than after reading about women who had remained weight stable, regardless of whether the weight-stable woman was thin or obese.”
Messages that fat people can lose or control their weight are everywhere – and these messages generate more and more fat phobia and hatred; sadly, often with the fat population.
We need to stand up to the lies.
We need to educate people about fatness.
We need to stop telling others and, more importantly, ourselves, lies about what we can control and achieve. People may be able to control behavior, but people cannot control how their bodies will react to that behavior.
And we need to stop with self-deprecating remarks about our bodies and how we think we can control them. You are not just hurting yourself. You are hurting every other fatty and the people who love and support them by generating fat bigotry and the resultant discrimination.
Think of all those grounded fat fairies.