WESTERN SOCIETY WON’T CAPITULATE TO FAT DELUSION
This is an informal rebuttal to the following article.
Plus sized people aren’t less worthy of human rights than anyone else, just like cigarette smokers or users of heroin. Still, the fact remains that if your shirt size has more X’s than a porno flick, you aren’t healthy.
Everyone has a little fat. It keeps your internal organs warm, and there’s nothing wrong with it. If you have too much fat, you cross over into obese territory, and then to morbidly obese. Speaking of morbid, celebrating poor health decisions falls into that category.
Why isn’t there a cigarette smoking positivity movement? Because society shouldn’t incentivize unhealthy behavior. Yet here we are, not only forced to stare at morbidly plus sized models, but encouraged to celebrate how fat they are. No matter how insane people become, a spade is still a spade.
Being morbidly obese is bad for you, and is a result of a pattern of poor decisions regarding your diet and physical activity levels. The couch is for sitting on, not living on. And potato chips and soda are not staples of a balanced and healthy diet.
How did we get to a point where it’s considered politically incorrect for a doctor to let you know that you might die any moment if you don’t stop inhaling donuts? I don’t have the precise answer, but Sonalee Rashatwar might give us further insight into the normalization of fat delusion.
Sonalee Rashatwar is a therapist who counsels people against intentional weight loss. In her opinion, rational medical advice is considered ‘fatphobia’, and we should dismantle western civilization in order to ‘cure’ anti-fatness. That’s right, tear down years of progress and hard work so fat people don’t have to deal with the consequences of being fat. Sonalee Rashatwar is anti-cop, anti-US government, and anti-military. I’m no therapist, but she seems to want the entire world to capitulate to her radical ideas because constructing an entire reality based around fat oppression is easier than the discipline required to work out and alter diet.
This is America, and she’s free to think and speak however she wants, but this isn’t fat positivity, it’s fat delusion.
I agree that we shouldn’t gang up on obese people or make them feel bad about themselves, and that we should treat people with kindness no matter their physical size. If anything, encourage them in their struggle the same way you would encourage your alcoholic friends to stay sober. Encourage their wellness. Where we disagree, is shirking personal responsibility to blame society for health woes.
We also disagree on statements like “putting your kid on a diet can be a violation of consent”, or “buy foods you’ll actually enjoy, not just foods you’ll eat aspirationally.” Inversely, I think that putting your kid on the Twinkie and McDonald’s diet is akin to child abuse. And the idea of discouraging aspirations, as a therapist, is both oppressive and irresponsible.
There is an element of confirmation bias in almost everything she says. Take these gems for example.
“Fat folks would love to rep your brand and support your work, but most artists and even small scale retailers do not provide sizing above a 1-2 XL. This is an example of fat phobia.”
“And if you’re considering passing along an increased fee to your fat customers because your manufacturers charge more for the extra three inches of fabric, this is called a fat tax, and it’s also an example of fat phobia.”
No, no, no, and no. These are not examples of “fat phobia”, these are examples of smart business. If your manufacturer charges more, you charge more. This is as simple as 1 + 1 = 2. And as far as artists and small businesses are concerned, they don’t purchase morbidly obese inclusive sizes because they don’t match market expectations. Sure, you might sell one or two 10XL t-shirts, but most people don’t wear that size. It’s not because the company hates fat people, it’s because they like making money.
We should accept people for who they are, flaws and all. But there’s a stark difference between inclusion and delusion. A spade is a spade after all.