i swear to god if i see another person saying ‘if you think obesity is bad, you’re a fat shamer!!’
obesity is a real problem that causes lots of diseases
and just because i don’t like obesity, doesn’t mean i don’t like obese people
it’s like, i hate cancer, but i don’t hate people with cancer or shame people who have cancer
Except that your premise is incorrect.
Obesity =/= poor health. Obesity CAN be a contributing factor to some diseases (usually only one of many contributing factors - funny nobody cares about the other ones), but the preponderance of recent data concludes that body mass index is NOT a determinant for longevity - fitness is.
One of the largest studies ever conducted on this subject tracked all causes of mortality across six groups of people:
- Normal weight, not fit
- Overweight not fit
- Obese, not fit
- Normal weight, fit
- Overweight, fit
- Obese, fit
They discovered, to their shock, that among the three groups who were fit that there was ZERO increase in mortality as body size increased.
Lemme say that again.
The obese fit people were no more likely to die than the normal weight fit people.
In fact, the obese fit people were HALF as likely to die as the normal weight, not-fit people.
In other words, it is better (in terms of longevity) to be fat - even obese - and fit than normal weight and not fit. So where’s all your concern for that skinny person who can’t run up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath?
Among the not-fit groups, there was an increase in mortality as body size increased. But even then, it was not a huge increase.
"But your health!" has long been the rationalization for fat shaming. Yeah, well, I lost 90 pounds in six months once because of overactive thyroid that gave me massive tachycardia and threatened my life, but FUNNILY ENOUGH nobody was concerned about my health THEN. Interesting how all that health concern only manifests itself when you’re FAT.
Obesity can be a contributing factor to some health problems, like diabetes and heart disease. But so can diet, stress levels, genetics, and environment. And yet it’s only the obesity that inspires all this very vocal concern about our health. And your cancer analogy is, pardon my French, bullshit. Cancer patients are seldom blamed and judged for their cancer, but obese people are sure as fuck blamed and judged for being fat. You may be an enlightened soul who doesn’t blame or judge fat people. That’s great, but you belong to a very small club.
There is copious research over the last ten years showing that the so-called horrific health effects of obesity are exaggerated, and in many cases totally nonexistent. But go ahead, keep obsessing about the health of all us fat folks.
Like that’s even your business in the first place.
How is it possible that at some point after starting uni, I’ve begun to be surprised whenever it turns out someone is talking to me? Particularly if they’re being friendly/giving a compliment/otherwise being nice?
(I know perfectly well how it’s possible. It just feels like a new low for me to have reached.)