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Silver Lining?

July 26, 2013

It has been a while since the AMA declared obesity a disease. Many people have covered it and the ramifications of the decision, including several people here at FFF.

But recently I had a thought: what is the silver lining here? Is there any good that can come from this?


Well, how about these:

  • Because of laws, pills that tout “weight loss” will be required to go through the FDA. That means harmful “natural” drugs like Fat Zero may be outlawed.
  • Fat people can now demand tougher guidelines for scientific studies, like mandating drug studies and diet studies be conducted for 2-5 years instead of just one.
  • Everyone says discrimination would increase, but how about lawsuits? We can now sue general practitioners, hospitals, and surgeons for promoting dangerous diets, life-threatening surgeries (or lack of life-saving surgery), and malpractice. We could also probably sue employers, clothing stores, and education facilities for discriminatory practices.
  • This crap is now tax deductible. That’s right, you can now itemize your expenses and count it as necessary medical expenses.

One guy claims that we will now be able to have an open season against the food industry. He seems to think that us fatties are going to somehow “derail” the brave efforts of the food industry to selflessly offer healthy food so we fatties can make better, socially correct choices. My answer is, well, why not? I mean, why not demand better quality foods and apply more pressure to the food industry to cut out the crap (pun, lol). What if we could get fruits and veggies subsidized so everyone can afford to buy them on a regular basis? What if we demanded that companies like McDonald’s give healthy, yet affordable options on their menus so that the places/people that their business preys upon can still try and get something green in their lives besides their miniscule paychecks and the residue on the ceilings that may or may not be mold.

What if we steamroll as far as possible to benefit ourselves before the AMA overturns its own decision because our activism is costing companies more than the bribery and the potential market? What if we took advantage instead of seeing this as a bane? Perhaps we can make huge strides for ourselves and others.

Kitsune Yokai

5 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    July 26, 2013 11:06 am

    Great ideas all. And what about being able to opt out of those employer wellness programs that penalize you for not meeting that BMI requirement? If obesity is a disease, making BMI a condition of not having to pay a penalty for health insurance could be seen as discrimination instead of incentive to lose weight.

  2. July 26, 2013 12:40 pm

    I totally agree with your thinking. What if airlines made seats in small, medium, large and ex-large!! I have been screaming about this forever;-) I think having some rights might be the break we need to see fat discrimination become the next gay marriage issue. It is our time!

  3. Duckie permalink
    July 26, 2013 12:55 pm

    I agree. As soon as they made that decision, I immediately saw the implications of it related to the ADA laws and discrimination. I think with some luck, some brave souls, and some wise judges, we could really suck the marrow out of that one! ….also I am thinking that if bullies call someone fat or some size-related slur alongside violence, we might now have grounds to call it a hate crime.

  4. July 26, 2013 1:13 pm

    Exactly! Would I now as a person with the “disease of Obesity” be offered mandatory handicapped-sized seating on airplanes, buses and trains — for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE? I may not USE a wheelchair, but I still need a space big enough (and a seat wide enough) as if I do!
    Will doctors’ offices be required to have armless chairs and/or otherwise extra wide and stable seating in their waiting rooms? (as if they shouldn’t have that now, right?)

    If I’m walking down the street or in a park or in a gym and someone verbally assaults and abuses me with insults like “fat bitch”, “heifer”, “Slob” or “ugly pig” or throws things at me or otherwise tries to intimidate or create fear …will that be considered a ‘hate crime’ ?

    If they want to label us without our permission to do so…. and with no logical reason to do so…. we need to turn this nonsense around to our advantage!

  5. violetyoshi permalink
    July 26, 2013 7:29 pm

    I’ve noticed something strange recently. It seems there are people who really do believe if you are fat, you must be mentally ill not to hate yourself thin. Is this how bad things have become, that hating yourself as a fat person is seen as a sign of mental health?

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