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How Fat Acceptance Doesn’t Have to Glorify Obesity and Shame Fitness By Taylor Share • Last Updated: November 19, 2015 • 167 comments This is. Fat acceptance and fat pride movement: Are we glorifying obesity in the name of body positivity? Experts say that fat acceptance doesn’t mean normalizing obesity, a life threatening condition.

How Fat Acceptance Doesn’t Have to Glorify Obesity and Shame Fitness — Taylor Share, Nerd Fitness Most things in life aren’t black and white, but for some reason, our tendency as humans is to get rid of the “gray areas” in our world. Last week, self-described queer non-binary “fat sex therapist” Sonalee Rashatwar delivered a two-hour lecture entitled Race as a Body Image Issue at the St. Olaf College Health and Wellness Center in Minnesota.

The event was a master class in social justice, at times putting shame to the parodies of the genre that now traffic on social media. In the video, the visibly obese woman asks. Apparently, glorifying fatness and promoting obesity means talking about fatness or fat people in any way that isn’t discriminatory, denigrating, or hurtful. Open mobile menu Psychology Today. THURSDAY, Sept.

11, 2014 (HealthDay News) Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as “fat shaming,” does not help them lose weight and may do. Fat people have always existed and once upon a time, they were even celebrated for being plus size. This doesn’t mean we should be glorifying plus size bodies as.

Why I Glorify Obesity. By Marie Southard Ospina. much of my life has been dedicated to fat acceptance and fat positive work. doesn’t mean that I’m saying, “Nobody ever care about health. The real “fat acceptance” movement should be all about taking personal responsibility for your fatness.

That doesn’t mean shaming others – people can choose to be the weight they want. All of those things have enormous health consequences. It’s not as if we are a health-conscious society and this is the only way in which we say that it’s ok to do unhealthy things.

The fat pride movement just says that you shouldn’t have to feel shame about your body, whatever size you are.

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Since the early 1970s, members of several U.S. size-acceptance organizations, most prominently the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and the Fat Underground, have been working to change the way society perceives of fatness, to cast off its stigma, and to combat discrimination.

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by Gary L Albrecht, Sharon L. Snyder, et. al.
SAGE Publications, 2006

It took twenty years for “fat oppression,” which describes discrimination and marginalization of women based on their weight, to become “fat acceptance,” the notion that fat people should focus on enjoying life, and later “weight preoccupation,” where women suffer to try to live up to beauty ideals.

“Being Fat: Women, Weight, and Feminist Activism in Canada” by Jenny Ellison
from Being Fat: Women, Weight, and Feminist Activism in Canada
by Jenny Ellison
University of Toronto Press, 2020

By contrast, the size acceptance movement, for example, the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, promotes an “oppositional discourse” to counter the stigmatization of obesity (Sobal 1999).

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by Clifton D. Bryant, Dennis L. Peck, et. al.
SAGE Publications, 2007

We understand Fat Acceptance as a broad social justice movement which campaigns for the acceptance and appreciation of bodies of all sizes and shapes, and against the discrimination of fat people.

“Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism” by Helen Hester, Caroline Walters
from Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism
by Helen Hester, Caroline Walters
Taylor & Francis, 2016

As a result of the mainstreaming of images of fat bodies, body positivity, which is different from fat positivity/acceptance/liberation, has also blossomed.

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from meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction
by Aída Hurtado, Norma E. Cantú
University of Texas Press, 2020

Fat activists like Deborah Harper speak of the joyous psychological relief they experienced when they came to accept themselves as fat people, shedding not pounds but layers of culturally induced self-loathing with the help of their newly found fat accepting communities.

“Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture” by Amy Erdman Farrell
from Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture
by Amy Erdman Farrell
NYU Press, 2011

Ironically, fat people are urged to exercise but then hindered due to lack of available exercise clothing, ill-fitting exercise equipment, or degrading responses from exercise staff and others.

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from The Fat Studies Reader
by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann
NYU Press, 2009

In addition, anti-obesity activists and advocates seek to downplay a shaming discourse of personal responsibility, arguing instead that fat people are structured to be that way as a result of our “obesogenic” environment, which encourages poor eating and limited physical activity.

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from Turbulent Times, Transformational Possibilities?: Gender and Politics Today and Tomorrow
by Fiona MacDonald, Alexandra Dobrowolsky
University of Toronto Press, 2020

All this gets filtered back through the columnists and bloggers and YouTubers who tell their own stories of dealing with being overweight, struggling with how the world sees them, and finding joy and peace in their own bodies.

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from The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America
by Tommy Tomlinson
Simon & Schuster, 2020

And yet for many who claim to hate being fat, on an unconscious level being fat is what they want.

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from When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments
by Sharon Klayman Farber
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  • The benefit of being overweight is when the super volcano erupts or the comet hits the Earth and there’s almost no food for a year, you live.
    Skinny people are dead three weeks after the food runs out.

  • It’s not them. I don’t blame them I blamed the ppl who keeps say ” you don’t need to change your beautiful ” or “omg nothing wrong” only honest true person who cares will tell them the need lose weight & how bad it is ( almost all fat ppl who lose weight was because the ppl who care & told them)

  • I think we should accept fat,well kind of…
    We should accept fat as a cleanser of society.
    A mechanism of nature to eliminate the unwilling members of society who are resistant to behavioural change.
    Tolerance is better than resistance or ridicule if the clock is ticking on them and not you ��

    World works on simple principles. Survival of the fittest.
    Let them live the way they want for as long as they can.
    Fit people will outlive Fat people in any reality.
    So why bother trying to resist them???

    Take it as a test
    In an exam hall, all participants write their own tests using their own minds.
    Many fail and Many pass.
    If you know the right answer just implement it and pass.
    Why take it upon yourself to tell others their answers are incorrect if they already know they are doing it wrong and they are fine with it.
    Let them fail.
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  • I recently joined the 90DD and it is truly fantastic!! All the really wonderful good information. I’m so happy to get to learn and do more good for myself. Please do make a “Be the Anomaly” shirt as I will buy it!! #uncensored

  • Well, it seems to be right that a bit more of body fat can help overcoming cancer. But Not of you are overweight or obesity. Thats What i Was told when i studied

  • If you get your first heart attack in your fourties, you definitely have better chances of survival compared to a normal weight person in the sixties. I forgot the name of this bias, but it is a very common mistake in health studies.

  • People need to talk more about how being overweight in hospital leaves you at a huge disadvantage, as most emergency treatments cater to those of normal weight so if you have a serious accident you are more likely not to survive it, plus a lot of nurses and doctors have ended up with damaged backs as a result of trying to help lift an obese person out of bed

  • Why do I have to accept fat people? I do not have to accept smokers in my work place or a lot of other public places. Let’s treat fat people like smokers are treated.

  • I lost 30 lbs im 15. feelin better than i ever have i feel those fuckers who say health at every size are a disgrace to humanity. I say that we should let those people who want to kill themselves by eating themselves to death…just let them go. It’ll help the gene pool improve lol im joking but you can tell i hate these people.
    I used to be 366lbs btw….

  • So yes people we xan change our set point. Oh and btw there are no scientific facts. In the science community we use theory as the highest way to say something us true ��

  • Yea. That is not normal. I am 100lbs which is not weird cause I’m short. I remember walking on the beach and these land whales gasping “omg!”!as I walk by. Mind you I am not anorexic. I just look lean. Ridiculous. I’m so sick of these obese ppl trying to defend themselves. Get offline and get your life together.

  • Being fat is legal, just like being a alcoholic. But fat people shouldn’t act out and deny that its unhealthy, just like most alcoholics don’t deny their condition being unhealthy

  • I’m 5’4″ and weigh 225 pounds. Every year when I do my blood draw/physical, everything single test comes out in the “normal” range. Which means I’m a healthy person. Except that I’m NOT. I’m fat. And I feel terrible all the time. That is the only indicator I care about, and is my motivation to exercise and make better food choices. Overeating is the one addiction we’re not allowed to call what it is. It’s not fat-shaming to point out someone has a problem, any more than it’s thirst-shaming to tell an alcoholic they need to cut back before their liver fails or they put themself into a coma.

  • I got fat shamed, which pushed me to think “oh hey maybe I should stop being fat so I won’t get made fun of”.i lost 50 pounds and am now within normal range. I’m still on the grind losing weight, but to say fat shaming doesn’t work is just ignoring how shame works. People don’t want to feel ashamed and will do things to overcome that shame. I hate the body positivity movement since it’s pretty undeniably leading to more obesity.

  • The problem is no one should be actively dieting. If you have a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and little sugar and simple carbs, your body will naturally stay within a healthy weight range. The truth of the matter is most obese peoples’ diets consist mainly of junkfood!

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  • Hey little tints support. I don’t like Brussels sprouts either well not enough to throw up from the smell but they do taste funky still not enough to throw up from

  • Thank you for adding to the burden on the health system by supporting all of the weak excuses that lazy sedentary obese people use. Any medical professional that doesn’t push a patient to manage and when appropriate loose weight BEFORE HEALTH PROBLEMS START should be permanently stripped of their medical credentials.

  • I seriously think the cheesy potato lady would benefit from trauma processing over her childhood associations with food and possibly abandonment issues. She certainly seems to regress into a childlike state when trying some broccoli. I wish her the best

  • Unfortunately, I know some one that is just like the first girl, and is also morbidly obese, diabetic and hypertensive.
    Very bad consequences can result from such bad health practices, needless to say, she learned this way of thinking and living from her mom, who has had operations to amputate a hand and foot, due to diabetes complications…

  • For doctors, these people sound pretty dumb. Dancing around the topic. Of course its a factor. Probably a factor why doctors fail to mention it. Also do doctors really not mention it because there are few subsidized programs/meds to deal with it? Thats shameful!

  • These doctors are Care more about not offending people than telling the truth about obesity. This is the result of political correctness. Lying to save a persons “feelings” is dangerous. These “doctors” should be ashamed of themselves.

  • This is such a crock of shit about the consequences of being overweight, considering my doctor of about 160 lbs had a heart attack a year ago, hell Comedian George Carlin had a heart attack, an how skinny was he. Overweight people can live healthy lives, is it ideal to be over weight, no. Should it be glamorized with jackass ” Fat Acceptance ” no. You’re welcome I just saved you 6 minutes of your life from having to watch this shit.

  • Me: dieting to get abs and drop a weight class for german weightlifting championship

    Chick that can’t put down the fork: So you have chosen death.

  • well yeah vg characters would be fit or more on the skinny side because i dont want my character to run for 10 seconds or walk up some stairs and immediately be out of breath ����

  • I work as a medical transcriptionist and work with radiologists. Now something I see in reports, is that body fat actually makes it really hard to see your insides clearly on a CT scan. Doctors can miss something important happening inside you that can be a mayor issue. They use code like “Suboptimal evaluation due to patient’s body habitus” which just means this person is so obese I can’t evaluate the patient’s scan properly. That is scary AF.

  • Processed foods and frozen meals are to blame for obesity. Real food never has made people fat. We always have been more active and moved around. It’s only after the world war 2 that processed food was introduced. But even before this there was sugar and once sugar cane was accessible to everyone that’s when it really started going down hill. So we all just need to be careful. Have your processed foods but read labels and make sure it contains real food. By eating 90 percent of your diet as healthy you can’t go wrong. Low in sodium, sugar and hydrogenated oils. High in fruits and vegetables with good fats, complex carbs and protein. Once you start eating real food the weight will come off

  • I mean i don’t think it’s quite right to put hem in a “cringe fat acceptance” compilation if they’re exercising and promoting healthy behavior? On lady was swimming, one was dancing, and that one girl promoted hiking and kayaking, what’s “cringe fat acceptance” about that? At least they’re trying

  • I’m definitely overweight. Gonna go on keto or intermittent fasting after a party/feast at my house next week.

    I’ll give one big reason to lose weight. Coronavirus kills young overweight people. If you’re overweight, your oxygen demands are higher. If you get coronavirus, it kills your ability to bring in enough oxygen, you go into multi-organ failure as a result and die.

  • I struggled with my weight since 3rd grade and have been obese my entire life. When my wife died when we were both 43, my eating habits have changed dramatically due to depression. I don’t care about food anymore and don’t care if I eat, however, my mindset is that I have to eat to stay alive so therefore I eat to be alive and I eat healthily and watch what I put in my body every day. I Do Not overeat any longer and watch my sugar intake. So many of us “FAT” people are doing our part in taking care of our bodies but cannot seem to lose weight. Maybe it’s genetics, maybe it’s something else. But, please for the love of God, Don’t lump us all in the same category of All Fat people. Because some of us are trying and want to be healthy and are concerned about further health issues. But doctors are always placing us in certain parameters that don’t fit. So please research this further before judging and placing all the blame on overeating.

  • I wish we could go back to the days where body positivity and fat acceptance were different things. I used to love body positivity, until these assholes came in trying to say being 500lbs is healthy and being healthy and working out is bad and negative

  • I know I’m an anomaly as a 105lb woman. I’m fine with it. I’ve been skinny shamed pretty much my entire life. BUT. I’ll also beat you in an arm wrestle because I’m super buff and fit as a climber and someone that does circus. I have an incredibly strong upper body.

  • Lol they shame the skinny and healthy people but cant take the truth on themselves being overweight and unhealthy. Oh wait, hahaha it wont continue bc they all end up dead with a heart attack. Not even sad about that bc they deserve what the asked for.

  • You know why there’s no videogame character that is overweight? Cause you can’t kill or run away from monsters if you are that fat, THIS is REALISTIC

  • Tumblr:Thin privilege is playing a video game Character that looks like you.
    Ok then, I’m a seven foot tall shark man in an evil organization and have a living sword now

  • I was with a friend and at stores they were giving out cookies. He got a couple and kept offering to give me one. I kept refusing. He asked me if I had an eating disorder because I didn’t want to conform to his choice. It made me feel weird and guilty or something but I stood by my choice.

  • I went to the NASCAR race in Kansas last weekend. Now, I’m overweight. I need to drop 40-50lbs and I’m working on it. its slow, but I’m working on it. I was one of the thinner people there, at 40-50lbs overweight.
    How sad is that. That out of a very large group of people around 50,000 I was easily in the thinner category, and I need to lose weight myself.

  • Honestly if someone is fat, it’s their business/choice, and you shouldn’t begrudge them for being fat. When someone says you can be beautiful at any size, that’s true. But when they start saying that you can be healthy at every size, that’s just lying, and it’s wrong to make people believe they can be healthy and obese at the same time.

  • People should treat fat people like equals but they need to actively try to make themselves healthier not due to societies standards but for themselves and there health

  • That vid with the potato woman seemed to be discouraging obesity; it was showing how she felt guilty about her diet and the mood was definitely not a positive one

  • “Body positivity yay” like no, diet healthy and stay in the best possible shape. Being obese is not a thing to laugh at but u shouldn’t be proud either. It’s a disease just like cancer, do u see people get laughed at about it or being proud about having cancer no. so treat obesity the same way. Smh

  • I walked around a casino yesterday and saw a lot of overweight people much more overweight population than the population in general. I don’t see that many obese people who are around the city parks, etc. I think overweight people have a myriad of bad habits and lack of discipline.

  • OK, let’s get one thing straight just because you are overweight it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. in fact for some people it’s genetically impossible no matter how much you work out and eat healthy to physically lose weight, just as you shouldn’t skinny shaming people who have fast metabolism and can’t help not gaining weight no matter how much they try to eat. you can’t judge someone and call them lazy based on the fact that they’re too skinny or too fat based on your standards. you don’t know what they’ve been doing or what they’re going through. plus even if they are unhealthy, even if they are actively trying to be unhealthy or they don’t care about their health. it is none of your goddamn fucking business. because let’s be honest, even if you’re trying to be here for a long time some people are just trying to be here for a good time. and if you’re a backhandedly body shaming someone over the internet, stop. because unless you’re there doctor you don’t know whether or not this person is actually eating or exercising or not and whether or not they’re healthy. you’re really just trying to find an excuse to put someone down, and if you really are that concerned about their weight don’t comment about it under their platforms, message them privately. also you’re never going to know how they gained it in the first place, they could’ve started eating to cope and now they are addicted and can’t help it because it releases feel good chemicals whenever they eat And it’s turned into something of a ED. so don’t judge, you have no right.

    of course we should encourage body positivity, there’s no reason to make someone feel shitty because they have different values than you, for example. I smoke cigarettes because I’m trying to die faster ��. it’s no one else’s business and i will NOT be shamed for already wanting to die, if you wanna try to push that more that’s completely on you, don’t shift the blame to you tryna “help”.

  • Notice all those who had success with weight loss were eating real food and moving around more. It’s not expensive to lose weight! You can do it cheaply and still healthy. 99 cent only store has a produce section so no exceptions.

  • being fat as a child is ok cause they are a child they will lose weight like they play all day every day like if not they will probably lose the weight by getting taller you don’t get them into a diet that would hurt them you should diet them with junk food, not adult diets like just don’t let them eat lots of junk food

  • I agree most of the stuff in this video. However, it is also true that people with lower economic status may have less access to healthy food. This is something they don’t really have control over. To make matters worse, the processed food in the market are high in calories and full of added syrup/sugar that makes these junk food extremely addictive. Not only does this make them more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, it also triggers unhealthy habit that is very difficult to break off of. Children are born into this situation and never had any chances to choose otherwise. These people are trapped in this vicious cycle of poverty, junk food, and obesity. Obesity is definitely not just an individual’s fault. It is also the responsibility of the government/society to regulate food production and safety, provide nutritious food to food dessert areas, and to promote healthy eating.

  • In the first clip I literally felt so sick just imagining eating all of that and what’s even more disturbing is that the woman is SMILING, It’s nothing to be proud of!!

  • I sorta disagree with fat shaming a child being bad.

    When I was 10 he was 7

    Everyone would always say to me

    “need to start eating”

    “You’re nothing but bone”

    “you gonna get sick”

    Etc pretty much shit talking me for being skinny when I be downing entire papa John’s pizzas solo.

    But my little cousin was fat

    “dont talk about is weight”

    ” y’all bullying him”

    Etc but now he has diabetes and the sisters soon to follow.

    Everyone ik has problems much gotten fat tbh

  • God won’t intervene much at all with his followers because if they have strong enough faith then they don’t need to see a miracle from god. For people who don’t believe in him I believe god will intervene a lot more and try his best to steer them toward god

  • Honestly I understand body positivity is great, love yourself.
    But being unhealthy, at risk of heart attack, morbidly obese, etc. Is not ok. Saying that oh but ” I love myself regardless” becomes invalid once your health is at risk

  • I feel like theirs not enough awareness for the criticism people who take care of their body I actually just made a video on this the other day lol.

  • I was watching a behind the scenes of a 1930s movie. No fat person to be seen.

    Today, being fat is considered “ok”. Back then you would die by the age of 20.

    I hate when people say “you’re pretty the way you are” like? You ‘re Patronising them

  • I gained 50 pounds in one year at college. I fucking hate it. I’m only 19 and my knees and ankle bones hurt so bad after work I can’t walk I can’t dance I can’t ride my bike I feel my double chin

  • I’m not average size. I’m not obese. I do eat way too many snacks. But I don’t like being heavy. I don’t want to weigh 400 pounds. I can barely carry 30 pounds on my back. Frick, but a few books in a bag, and I barely can carry it. But I can stay thin. BY EATING NORMALLY. I DONT EAT 50 BIG-MACS A DAY. I EAT GRAIN BARS AND LIGHT CHOCOLATE.

  • I was never insanely obese or anything, but I was quite fat and chubby, I’ve lost 7 kg (15lbs) this year, and aswell as looking better and having more confidence, I feel so much better all day, sleep better and can concentrate better.