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Fat Acceptance is Terrible Because REASONS

October 6, 2014


Recently, I came across a post that blew me out of the water. Seriously it was the most disgusting combinations of words that I have read in a looong time.

Top 10 Reasons Why the Fat Acceptance Movement Should Be Ashamed of Itself.

Don’t worry about clicking the link to improve traffic, I used DoNotLink. The content, however, may just anger you though. Roll up your sleeves, y’all. Let’s dig into this bullshit!

First and foremost, this author equates the Fat Acceptance (FA) movement with Health at Every Size® (HAES). While many of the elements coincide, they are not the same thing. FA is about not only accepting yourself at whatever size you are, but also about making fat people acceptable in society (e.g., working on ridding society of thin privilege). This is where Fativism comes into play. HAES is an ideology giving tenets about how one should feel and act with regards to their body. It gives a person the tools to accept oneself as they are. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume (wrongly) that they are the same thing.

10. The Fat Acceptance Movement is Anti-science


Because 50+ studies aren’t good enough for you? Here are just a few:

  1. Naturalistic weight reduction efforts predicted weight gain and onset of obesity in adolescent girls
  2. Intentional weight loss predicted accelerated weight gain and risk of overweight
  3. Dieters gain more weight during pregnancy
  4. Eating in response to hunger and satiety signals is related to BMI in a nationwide sample of 1601 mid-age New Zealand women.
  5. List of intuitive eating-related studies
  6. This paper evaluates the evidence and rationale that justifies shifting the health care paradigm from a conventional weight focus to HAES
  7. Among people who have ever been overweight or obese, just 4.4% have lost 20% or more of their starting weight and kept it off for one year
  8. Face-to-face format finds people still gain weight anyway
  9. Reviews the science of the failure of LTWLM (long-term weight loss management) and how most weigh management programs essentially ignore the overwhelming body of research
  10. This comment that lists various quotes from studies that shows the futility of LTWLM is well-accepted in the research community

Of course, these studies and others don’t jive with your idea of the world, so obviously WE are turning “a blind eye to the overwhelming medical evidence,” as you say.

This particular bullet goes on to quote the Fat Nutritionist:

“I’d like to say something about how much fat people eat. I, personally, would be neither surprised nor offended if it were somehow proven that fat people, on average, eat more than thinner people. Of course, this hasn’t been proven, and if it were, there would be exceptions and outliers — but if it were found to be the general case, it wouldn’t surprise or offend me in any way.” (Emphasis from the offending article.)

This was taken from Michelle’s post titled “If I eat more than you, it’s for one simple reason.”  You see, Michelle goes on to say that it doesn’t matter if fat people eat more than thinner counterparts because “If I overeat, it’s an occurrence relative only to myself, not to the thin person next to me” because you can’t compare watermelons to apples. Just because you knew this one person’s aunt’s cousin’s son who lost a ton of weight by starving themselves or, conversely, got “huge” from sitting around all day eating whole pizzas and drinking 2 liter sodas doesn’t mean that every fat person does this.

9. Because It’s Un-empowering, Dispiriting and un-America

Oh really, what? What the what what??

The FAM [Fat Acceptance Movement] adheres to an ideology that our bodies are unmalleable, unchangeable, and something to accept.  This is a denunciation of the American way.  In this country we believe in pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and carving out a better life than that to which we were born.

What kind of jingoistic, dog-whistling piece of absolute filth…??? No, I’m done, that’s some bullshit right there. Next!

8. Because the FAM Promotes Laziness, Overeating, and Unhealthy Behavior

One of FAM’s central tenets “accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes” shrouds tacit approval of bad behavior. While it’s true that not every individual is the same, each individual can be characterized as either obese or not obese. Each individual has the capacity to be either thin or obese.

This tenet is actually part of HAES, and the next two tenets directly conflict with what the author said by their own volition.

  • Accept and respect the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes
  • Eat in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite
  • Find joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital

What part of “eat until your body says you are full” and “move in a way you enjoy” sounds anything like “lazy,” “overeating,” or “unhealthy”? Oh wait:

While it’s true that not every individual is the same, each individual can be characterized as either obese or not obese.  Each individual has the capacity to be either thin or obese. To say otherwise is disingenuous.  To accept an obese body as normal is to accept the behaviors that lead to such a state. (emphasis mine)

Oh, you aren’t actually talking about laziness, overeating, or unhealthy behaviors. You are talking about how you don’t like fat people to actually feel good about themselves. If a fat person is fat, it’s because they made themselves fat. Gotcha.

7. Because the FAM Promotes Disease

Being obese leads to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, stroke, kidney problems (End Stage Renal Disease), fatty liver disease, and pregnancy complications. Obesity impairs the normal functioning of the body. Obese people have excess adipose tissue (fat) that causes the overproduction of leptin. Leptin regulates food intake and energy expenditure. Too much leptin results in abnormal food intake and energy regulation.

I am pretty sure you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. First of all, non-fat people get these diseases whether they stay not-fat or become fat. Second, even if a fat person becomes non-fat, they will still have many of these diseases, because you can’t just become not diabetic or not arthritic or escape from genetic diseases. Next, leptin controls satiety, or the feeling of fullness. Specifically, the more leptin you have in your bloodstream, the less hungry you are. What you are describing is ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

What else do you have, author?

Among experts there is absolutely no critical or recognized debate about whether obesity is unhealthy. Universally, all experts agree that obesity without a doubt or prevarication leads to serious disease.

Oh really? There is perfect consensus in the scientific community that being fat is unhealthy? It is universally accepted

For example, obesity causes heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States and the world.

No. Just no. Not only is heart disease caused by a variety of different health problems, it affects people of ALL SIZES.

Being fat may be strongly correlated to heart disease, but you know what else is strongly correlated?

That’s right, suck it.

6. Because Obesity is 100% Curable

*sigh* let me guess where you are going with this. Being fat is not a disease, just like being tall or not having big enough balls are not diseases. Sure, you can “cure” each by expensive cosmic surgeries, but it is not a sickness.

Diseases don’t generally gift their hosts with health benefits, one of which is longevity. If you don’t believe me, look it up.

5. Because the FAM’s Encouragement to Accept Yourself is Deceptive

Listed as the first step in FAM manual, accepting yourself is as self-deceptive as it is self-destructive. The first step should be: identify the problem or more accurately admit that you have a problem with food. Self-awareness is crucial when attempting to fix a problem or cure a disease.

Oh I see what you did there. All fat people everywhere gorge on food, which is why they are fat. If they would just admit to themselves that they eat too much, then they can begin fixing themselves to be socially acceptable. Obviously every fat person is a food addict. Silly me.

4. Because FAM’s Advice to Trust Yourself is Wrongheaded

Would FAM advise someone suffering from anorexia or bulimia to trust themselves?  Would it provide the same advice to someone suffering from a heroin addiction or alcoholism? An obese person has gone off the tracks and is a state of utter disrepair.  The individual’s internal sensors have short-circuited. Relying on your own judgment in such an altered state is foolhardy.  Obtaining advice from a trained medical professional and following that advice is paramount. (emphasis mine)

Ahem, I’m just going to leave these here. NEXT!

3. Because FAM Puts Too Much Emphasis on Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is something that is earned.  And it can be. Just like each individual has the power and ability to make real change in their lives.  They can choose to do so and the reward… you guessed it is self-esteem and positive results. The FAM is blissfully ignorant on this point.  The FAM merely asserts that each person has the right to high self-esteem regardless of their behavior.

Building self-esteem is incredibly important, especially to people who have devastatingly-low amounts. Self-esteem is not earned nor is it a privilege to be taken away simply because a person is fat. Feeling like you are worthy and valued as a person can never do harm; to take these away is incredibly detrimental. Saying that a person’s worth and value depends on their size is really shitty.

2. Because FAM Ignores That Behavior Equals Result: We are what we repeatedly do

Good habits equal good outcomes. Bad habits equal bad outcomes. Engaging in repeated bad behavior day in and day out leads to nothing but sorrow and failure. It is the small steps taken every day that can lead a person from darkness into the light. This article is not meant to be disheartening or cause dismay. Rather it is to point out the irrationality of the FAM and to suggest, humbly an alternative. And that alternative is that small, positive steps can produce dramatic productive results.

1. Because Accepting an Obese Body as Normal or Healthy is Purposefully Harmful

Ah, FINALLY we get to the point. Fat people should be ashamed of themselves because they are fat, because they aren’t thin, because fat people are KILLING AMERICA. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!@#%)*&!!! You see, at this point the author quotes some figures, says fat people are an “epidemic,” and then calls for said “epidemic.”

To turn back the tide there can be no acceptance that obesity is normal because to do so would be to hammer another nail into the coffin of America.  Recognizing obesity as a disease is perhaps the first great step.  But what comes next is harder.  The eradication of the disease.  Much like the eradication of other diseases what comes first is education and then action. (emphasis from the author)

You see, only by accepting that we fat people do not deserve to feel worthy or valued, that we are diseased and need to be cured, that we are addicts unable to trust or be trusted, and that we are being deceived by “disingenuous charlatans posing as prophets” who use anti-science to promote an epidemic that is destroying America and the WORLD, only then can we fat people truly heal and recover! Only then, by making small steps, can we too be not-fat.


Kitsune Yokai

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Twistie permalink
    October 6, 2014 11:29 am

    There truly is not enough facepalm in the world to deal with this.

  2. October 6, 2014 12:24 pm

    Epic missing of the point. You are right, as far as it goes, but being right is highly overrated. If FAM were to achieve its ideals of social justice–a good thing, unarguably–what effect would that have on the health of this population?

    • Stacy permalink
      October 6, 2014 8:05 pm

      I’m sure it would help improve health by a lot. Hating ones body does NOTHING to help make it healthier. In fact, since discovering fat acceptance and HAES I’m healthier now than I’ve EVER been, much healthier than in the many years I had spent fighting my body and trying to get it to eat itself thinner.

    • Amber permalink
      October 7, 2014 6:24 am

      If size based bigotry were to vanish entirely, the general health would go up.

      -People would not avoid doctors because they fear being shamed for being fat.
      -Average stress levels would go down (being discriminated against is hard on a person)
      -People would no longer weight cycle (aka yo-yo diet), which is proven bad for you.
      -Movemevt would be taught as a way to improve health, not exercising as a punishment/preventative for getting fat.

  3. lifeonfats permalink
    October 6, 2014 12:47 pm

    The author has won the Fat Hate Basket Bingo of the year!

  4. vesta44 permalink
    October 6, 2014 2:03 pm

    “Recognizing obesity as a disease is perhaps the first great step. But what comes next is harder. The eradication of the disease. Much like the eradication of other diseases what comes first is education and then action.”
    Right, because we’ve had such great success eradicating heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol,type 1 and type 2 diabetes, all types of cancer, and any other disease you could possibly name.(/sarcasm) <em.None of these diseases are specific to fat people, and even if there were no fat people (something that isn’t going to happen), it does not mean those diseases will magically disappear – thin people will still get them, thin people will still die from some of them, and thin people will still use up precious “resources” seeing doctors and being treated for the ones that don’t kill them.
    How long has the scientific community been researching cures for these diseases? At least as long as they’ve been able to name the diseases (100 years or more for some of the diseases?), and they still haven’t found ways to eradicate those diseases completely. So for that author to say that “education and then action” is going to magically enable fat people to become thin people, never get any disease, and live forever is ignoring at least 100 years of scientific research. That doesn’t even take into account that the diet industry makes 60+ billion dollars every year from selling diets that don’t work to repeat customers – those who are so desperate to fit into some societal ideal that only a minute fraction of the population can meet.
    Seems to me that the author is pissed off because fat people are learning that they don’t have to hate themselves, that they can like (or even love) who they are, as they are, and they do not have to look to some outside source for acceptance. That fat people are telling society “We’re here, we’re fat, fucking deal with it already, because we’re done toeing your line of acceptability.” Too bad so sad for that author, sucks to be hir.

    • Dizzyd permalink
      October 7, 2014 7:12 pm

      Ohhh…this is a HOOT and a HALF! It’s like the person is saying that hating yourself is tantamount to being healthy, so why aren’t you? Especially when they say it’s “un-America” (wtf?). I guess that means “as a patriotic American, it is YOUR SACRED DUTY to hate yourself and always be looking for that ‘next big thing’ to try and inject some meaning in your miserable existence so forget about feeling good about yourself as is and spend, spend, spend cuz the diet industry behemoth must be fed, and why aren’t you doing your duty as an American?”. (This of course brings to mind a scene from the original Star Trek episode “The Apple”, with these primitive people feeding their idol that looked like a cave with a mouth and eyes. Yes, I’m a Trekkie, deal with it!) Never mind the fact you’d be A LOT HEALTHIER if you aren’t trying to kill yourself by starvation, dangerous drugs (whatever happened to “just say no”?), or letting Dr. Frankenstein there rearrange your guts into a hopeless puzzle that would make Mr. Rubik cry. Sounds like a very jealous and bitter dieter who is trying desperately to put the fatties back in their place lest the author have no one to feel superior to (cuz they must feel like crap about themselves – notice points 5 through 3. “If I can’t feel good about myself”, they must be thinking, “neither will anyone else unless I give them express permission. And I don’t like those fatties, so they can’t have any, nyah nyah nyah ooglie booglie”. And is it just me, or does “eradication of the disease” (meaning obesity, of course) sound suspiciously like trying to wipe out fat people all together, because after all, in the minds of sickos like this, get rid of the sick, get rid of the sickness – cuz we’re a “drain on the system”. And for them, fat people don’t even warrant being seen as valuable and worthy -that we should be hating ourselves or asking permission to even exist. Heck, we’re not even allowed to see ourselves as human beings! And as everyone knows, if you can dehumanize someone or a group of people, you can justify doing all sorts of horrible things to them in the name of “bettering society”, while the rest of the population casually looks the other way…

  5. Stacy permalink
    October 6, 2014 8:01 pm

    Wow, the original article really makes me sick. Such a twisted and disgusting view of the world and body diversity.

    “An obese person has gone off the tracks and is a state of utter disrepair.”

    That, right there, says everything you need to know about the author. That person has serious issues.

  6. October 6, 2014 9:37 pm

    Great article, I could not stop reading. I love your passionate writing 🙂 Thank you for sharing

  7. lozette permalink
    October 7, 2014 8:33 am

    IDGAF if FA/HAES are un-American, because the bloody *internet* is not America and besides, I’m in the UK. Urgh. Hope the trolls are all enjoying spewing their hate on an Anglo-Swiss invention. Humph.

  8. October 8, 2014 12:19 am

    Reblogged this on Christine Viv and commented:
    Brilliant blog post that makes a great argument about something that shouldn’t be questioned!

    The fat acceptance movement is desperately needed in today’s society body positive images are sorely lacking.

    Thank you for writing this post!!!

  9. October 8, 2014 12:21 am

    Thank you for writing this post! It’s unfortunate that the fat acceptance movement needs to be defended but thankfully there are articulate people like you to do so!

  10. mymanandme03 permalink
    June 6, 2015 9:37 pm

    This is a tad late but hang on. Isn’t the HAES movement about health at every size with the emphasis being on HEALTH?

    Not everyone has a petite frame, yes we can agree. Those with a larger frame should consume more food otherwise they’ll be gaunt and sickly.

    The difference is whether the bulk of that weight is flab or muscle. Nobody who’s remotely sane would accuse Serena Williams of being unhealthy. She isn’t small but man, she rocks!

    True, not everyone is a professional athlete but the main aim is doing the very best we can. Being healthy isn’t about diets nor about punishing and gruelling workouts; it’s a long journey involving a change of lifestyle. Sure, it isn’t easy. The beginning is downright hard! The long term benefits, however, outweigh the effort. One feels fresher, cleaner and lighter, from within : )

    Perhaps if everyone tries this, there might be less resistance and criticism towards the HAES movement? I’m happy to help in any way : )

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