We shouldn’t exist

So today I want to return a bit to those posts by Arya Sharma that I linked to earlier. I give him credit for not lumping all fat people into the same group, for acknowledging that it is possible to be a health fat person. That alone separates him from the medical pack. But as I read his thoughts, something I talk about in my book keeps coming to mind. And that is that basically, though we know height and weight ae both heritable to roughly the same degree and that weight, like height, is distributed on a normal curve, at heart all of these position papers and theories is an assumption that fat people should not exist. That our very size, our existence is all the evidence needed that something is wrong with us, that somewhere something went wrong and we became different, anomalous. That we are errors that should be corrected.

Gayle Rubin wrote of homosexuality:

“The search for a cause is a search for something that could change so that these ‘problematic’ [phenomena] would simply not occur.”(Rubin, 2011)


Rubin, G. (2011). Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

 And isn’t this also true about fatness? If only that something which would eliminate fatness could be found, then there would be no fat people. And isn’t this about bias against difference? Who benefits from the maintenance of this bias, of the search for the magic “cure”? It is not fat people, who instead must contend with micro aggressions from ever direction, with insults and poor treatment from people who allege to be concerned for our well-being. No, the beneficiaries are the diet industry, drug companies, the bariatric surgery industry, and those chasing their research funding.

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