Wars have consequences

Regan Chastain has a terrific post today that goes to the consequences of this War on Obesity that is now targeting folks like me. Regan is always worth reading so if you don't follow her, you should start now.

After citing an horrific example of fat bullying, Regan writes:

However well-intentioned people may be, this War tells people that they should look at fat people as the enemy.  First the government suggests that we have a war on people based on how they look and that, as a country, our goal should be to eradicate these people whether they like it or not.  “Researchers” then take the assumption that fat people are bad and run off with a basket of confirmation bias to figure out how to prove it  – what can we be blamed for?  How can they make us look expensive?  HBO creates a documentary explaining how expensive obese people are based on the researchers biased conclusions.  Public and private interests are encouraged spread the stereotype that fat people are gluttons who take more than our share. Everyone including  and especially healthcare professionals (and celebrity barely-doctors) spreads the idea (which is refuted by all the evidence that exists) that everyone can be thin and those who aren’t thin just aren’t trying because we’re too busy being gluttonous, drains on society.

I sometimes get a sick feeling inside when I allow myself to really feel all the bias and blame directed at those of us who are fat. We know that stress is a major factor in those illnesses now attributed to weight yet this War only serves to increase the stress we experience. 

I was thinking about this yesterday after reading and seeing the wonderful response of the Michigan lawmaker who, after being banned from speaking in the Michigan House, took to the capitol steps along with Eve Ensler and other women legislators to perform the Vagina Monolgues. What a great response! And I wonder if maybe we need to have The Fat Monologues to begin to show what we experience.

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