Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Fat Acceptance Movement

This one will be controversial. I don't care. I've never been one to hold back my thoughts or bite my tongue. I've been seeing so many videos and articles about this; I just have to put my two cents in. In short, I think the fat acceptance movement is terrible. Let me explain why.

The fat acceptance movement is typically paraded as this amazing thing. They have slogans like "healthy at every size" and the basic premise was to love yourself regardless of your body. Sadly, like with so many things, it has been warped into something else. Nowadays, the fat acceptance movement has taken to pretending being morbidly obese can be "healthy" and acting as if it's perfectly safe to be 500 pounds. They also tend to shame thin women, and exclude fat men.

I've seen Tumblr posts, tweets, facebook posts, videos and everything in between that glorify obesity and take subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at anyone that isn't 50 or more pounds overweight. Not only do I think it's fucked up to treat thinner women poorly simply for being thin (hello, do you not see how hypocritical that is??), but it's also so incredibly bad to insist you can be "healthy at every size." The simple truth is you can't. It is not now, nor will it ever be, healthy to be fat. And let me define "fat" in my terms. Fat, to me, is anyone who is 50 or more pounds overweight. I'm sure there are people who have a different view, but at 50 pounds overweight you start to be at an increased risk for so many different things.

Sure, I just got my blood work done recently. Aside from being pre-diabetic (I'm a 5.9 and 6.0 is diabetic) my blood work came back fine. They have no concerns with my blood pressure, and they are only noticing a slight increase in fatty tissue on my liver. Nothing to be too concerned about. But my doctor still suggested I keep trying to lose weight. Why? Well, for one thing, I'm dangerously close to becoming a full-blown diabetic. Type 2 diabetes is no joke.

Also, my quality of life is severely hindered at this weight. If I lose 100 pounds, I'm still obese. If I lose 200 pounds, I'm still overweight. If I lose 300 pounds, I'm finally directly in the center of the National Guard weight guidelines for a 5'7 woman. I literally have to lose 260 pounds just to be healthy. That's more than one healthy person!

At the weight I am, I'm at an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and a myriad of other health problems. My weight also contributes to my depression and anxiety. If I fall at this weight, I'm almost guaranteed to break something and will absolutely be unable to get up by myself.

I'm going to get real with you, and you may not want to know this about me so you can skip it if you want. I can't shower properly. I can't reach all the areas of my body to make sure they get clean. I can barely put socks on. Putting my pants on in the morning makes me winded. I sweat, a lot. Because I sweat, I have an odor. If I don't make sure to shower regularly, I feel self conscious. But showering is hard too. I have to sit on the edge of the tub because I can't stand long enough to take a simple shower. I also can't shave my legs because I can't reach right. Wiping after using the bathroom is hard as well.

I don't care what people think about me. If I did, I wouldn't put so much of my life online. But the fact is, I'm unhealthy. Sure, my blood work looks fine, for now. But I am still unhealthy. You cannot be 300 pounds overweight and be "healthy." It's just not possible. And as someone who tries her best not to make other people feel like shit, I can't sit there and condone a movement that constantly talks down to thin women and refuses to include overweight men.

The world is in the middle of an obesity epidemic. I'm not going to get statistics because that's not the point of this post. The fact is, the world is getting fatter. This is not a good thing. We need to nip this in the bud and get the world on track. It's not a problem of GMO's, and you don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian to live a healthy lifestyle. We just have to work together to bring healthier options to lower income families. We need to stop pushing junk food and fast food down our throats and figure out how to get back to the days when McDonald's wasn't an every day occurrence.

The fat acceptance movement is not something we should get behind. I'm not saying we should bully fat people; that never works. Treating someone like shit isn't going to get them to change what they're doing. But enabling them, and telling them they are perfectly fine and don't have to change isn't okay either.

Had you heard of the fat acceptance movement? What are your thoughts? Let's chat in the comments!


  1. I think it's a very grey area but it can encourage people to stay at a weight that is unhealthy. I don't really care what people look like, I just want the people I love to be healthy and like you said, if you're obese there are health complications from that!

    Corinne x

    1. Exactly! As an idea, it doesn't seem too bad. It's just that what is has become is so unhealthy and unhelpful.