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This is Fat Discrimination: The Stigma of Obesity

fatdiscrimination:

Obese individuals are highly stigmatized and face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight (1,2). The prevalence of weight discrimination in the United States has increased by 66% over the past decade (3), and is comparable to rates of racial discrimination, especially among women (4). Weight bias translates into inequities in employment settings, health-care facilities, and educational institutions, often due to widespread negative stereotypes that overweight and obese persons are lazy, unmotivated, lacking in self-discipline, less competent, noncompliant, and sloppy (2,5,6,7). These stereotypes are prevalent and are rarely challenged in Western society, leaving overweight and obese persons vulnerable to social injustice, unfair treatment, and impaired quality of life as a result of substantial disadvantages and stigma.

— Rebecca M. Puhl and Chelsea A. Heuer writing in “The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update” published in Obesity.

traits-of-a-mad-man:

liquidcassidy:

Sharks get a bad rap for being dangerous predators that are constantly devouring humans, but there is a whole world of things out there that will kill before a shark does. Here are just a few of those things.

You’re three times more likely to be killed by fatness then lightning…

Look I’m going to shout here, so be prepared: OBESITY HAS NEVER KILLED ANYONE BECAUSE IT’S NOT A DISEASE. 

*ahem* I get a bit tetchy about this, because facts,   You may now go about your normal business.

(Source: everlarkdandelions)

This disconnect gets awful especially given that fatness itself, obesity (we’ll get to actual sicknesses correlated with obesity in a minute) has been medicalized and pathologized to be the deadliest “illness” in America right now, so instead of the diet/healthcare industry continue to propagate lies, offer dangerous drugs instead of treatment. If it was cancer and everywhere you went all you saw were “miracle” no effort magic cancer curing pills people would be angry, it would not be allowed to happen.

I am putting a big ass TW on this entry. I talk about death, bullying and shit. And why science is not the fat haters friend AND how science proves that fat haters are not only wrong but awful people. Get to it here (via nudiemuse)

HAES® Matters: The Skinny on Fat and Thin | Health At Every Size® Blog

Periodically, the Health At Every Size® Blog publishes a HAES Matters “roundtable” post to provide responses to commonly asked questions regarding health, weight, dieting, and the Health At Every Size approach to promoting wellness. The individuals who provide these answers are all members of ASDAH’s Public Policy Committee.


A really useful article, giving a good round of answers about fat, weightloss and health.

A little 101 – I get to exist. | The Fat Nutritionist

"Fat people exist. We have existed. We will continue to exist. So to say that it’s not acceptable to be fatis to deny our right to exist.

Weight is not a behaviour; it is a physical trait. You don’t get to decide that people with certain physical traits don’t get to exist, no matter how distasteful you may find them.

And despite popular belief, you cannot presume to know a person’s behaviour based solely on their weight.

If you are fat and you don’t want to be, that’s fine with me. Do your thing — I’m not going to stop you.

But you do not get a say in my right to exist as I am, or to treat my body the way I think is best.”

When our political leaders have no vision for the future that looks anything different from the present – indeed, simply preserving things as they are is the height of their ambitions – food becomes a focus for intervention on health, education and environmental grounds that gives those in power a way of getting their hooks into our lives. And the consequences are unlikely to be anything other than authoritarian. If we cannot be inspired by celebrity chefs or persuaded to stop eating too much by fears for our health, we must be controlled more directly. Ten years ago, it would have seemed absurd that teachers would inspect children’s lunchboxes for the ‘wrong’ food; now it’s routine.

sp!ked review of books | Is society suffering from an eating disorder?

Please note that while there are some problematic parts to this article - including use of statistics regarding the so-called ‘rise in obesity’ and the way ED’s are used and discussed, it is worth persisting to the end.

THERE IS NO EPIDEMIC.

bellafata:

(Other than an epidemic of hate and prejudice)

Don’t worry your pretty little brainwashed heads, I won’t cost you a penny.

And i’m not alone in that.

These anti-fat news reports are all sponsored by diet companies and a way of spreading fear, it’s a hate campaign as usual. Yawn.

“They’re telling lies!” I quote from Hairspray.

But eh, thanks bbc and all other news stations for the extra stigmatisation thrusted upon the visual of my body type as i’m on my way out in public! (sarcasm on the thanks.x.12)

If I could have my way I would DEMOLISH the “obesity expert” (PAAAAHAHAHAHAHA) meeting at Parliament today.

There really is nothing to discuss other than their own prejudices. Bunch of complete and total idiots! They are wasting their time and in doing so, hurting so many people.. Pehhh…

EDIT: It’s the costs of oppression and the oppressors that it all leads back to that are the problem, not the people of whom are oppressed.

(via These are the Fat FAQs | LoveLiveGrow)
You aren’t serious about this “diets don’t work” thing, are you?
Completely serious. Diets don’t work. By diet, I mean anything you are doing to fuck with your eating habits in order to lose weight. Even if you’re fucking with your food to lose weight “for your health”, that’s still a diet. If you’re calling your attempt to lose weight a “lifestyle change” or “eating better and exercising”, it’s still a diet. Whenever attempted weight-loss is studied, the results are a resounding failure. The researchers say things like, “It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate.”

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You aren’t serious about this “diets don’t work” thing, are you?

Completely serious. Diets don’t work. By diet, I mean anything you are doing to fuck with your eating habits in order to lose weight. Even if you’re fucking with your food to lose weight “for your health”, that’s still a diet. If you’re calling your attempt to lose weight a “lifestyle change” or “eating better and exercising”, it’s still a diet. Whenever attempted weight-loss is studied, the results are a resounding failure. The researchers say things like, “It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate.”

Ah the obesity epidemic. The media can’t get enough of talking about it, now we have HBO partnering with all kinds of (heavily lobbied) government organizations who are producing the documentary “The Weight of a Nation” to focus more attention on it – to really whip us into a warring frenzy. I’ll talk more about the documentary in the upcoming days, but today I have some questions.

The surprising new face of obesity *TW: Death Fat*

learningtolivethislife:

I just stumbled upon this little doozy over at msnbc.com. Here are some highlights lowlights:

  • “Without knowing how much fat you have, you can’t really save people from illness. It is the number one predictor of who’s going to live or die.”
  • “Based on these findings, Braverman and his co-author Dr. Nirav Shah, the current New York state health commissioner, suggest lowering the BMI definition of obesity from 30 to 24 in women and down to 28 in males. Under these suggested guidelines, a woman who is 5’ 6” and 150 pounds would be considered obese. Under the current BMI standards, the same woman would be considered healthy.”

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Okay, really? I just have so much to say and it’s all getting scrambled up in my big fat head!

Lowering the BMI guidelines is not the answer. The last time they did that suddenly we had a major obesity epidemic even though studies show that overall our weight has not actually increased all that much over the years. Actually, just get rid of BMI altogether. The one thing this article has right is that BMI isn’t an indicator of health. It’s useless.

Also, fat, weight, and size are not exactly the best indicators of a person’s health. How about you throw those out the window and find out what foods people are eating, what kind of exercise they are or are not doing, what kind of unhealthy habits (such as smoking) they have, and try to get a family history. Those are all much better indicators of a person’s health. And I’m so freaking over people talking about fat as if it’s a death sentence. How about talking to people about living healthier lives (which includes letting go of the idea that we’re too fat to live) rather than shamming them for things that may be largely out of their control.

Always worth revisiting

fatisntugly:

Click read more to read about common fat myths and why they aren’t true at all, such as fat is unhealthy.

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Junk Food in Schools Not Linked to Childhood Obesity

Fat kids everywhere, rejoice! There’s no link between childhood obesity and junk food sold in schools, a new study has found.

Cities all over the country have been busy banning the sale of sweet and salty snacks in public schools in a bid to fight childhood obesity (thanks, Mrs. Obama). But a new study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University suggests that the strategy may be ineffective,The New York Times reports. The research appears in the January issue of the journalSociology of Education

 

Researchers tracked the body mass indexes of 19,450 students from fifth through eighth grade. They found that 59 percent of fifth-graders attended a school where candy bars, chips and/or soft drinks — so called “competitive foods” — were sold. That number had risen to 86 percent by eighth grade.

Scientists compared children’s weight in schools where junk food was sold and in schools where it was banned. They also evaluated eighth-graders who moved into schools that sold junk food with those who did not, and children who never attended a school that sold unhealthy snacks with those who did. Finally, they compared children who always attended schools with snacks with those who moved out of such schools.

No matter how they sliced the data, they could find no correlation at all between obesity and attending a school where candy and junk food were sold. The study also found that “the relationship between competitive foods and weight gain did not vary significantly by gender, race/ethnicity or family socioeconomic status.”

(Source: abbyjean)