[TW: discussions of fat-shaming]
So no one knows my blog exists, but that’s not a reason to leave my own statements unaddressed. If you skip the vibrator ad and shithole alert below, the post after that (before that?) was about fat. This post is more about fat.
I read this post, and this post, and this post, and this article about a study, and I get it. I also totally agree that calling thin people with internal fat deposits “‘thin inside, fat outside'” is idiotic and offensive.
I still have some reservations, and am trying to figure out if they are the result of societal brainwashing, or what…but I have these questions, and I apologize in advance if/when they offend, but they are genuine questions and not snide, “imma troll ‘n’ i haychu no matter whachu say!” rhetorical devices.
If being obese for many people (because the rates *have* empirically gone up) is inevitable and a natural thing, why have the rates gone up? (although I think the “explosion” has more to do with really shitty measures like the BMI, I think we would still find with better measures that the rates have gone up)
If rates have gone up due to “better nutrition” (i.e. more food, not necessarily healthier food), or “less need for children to do manual labor,” does that mean, just because the increase is happening and in some sense “natural,” does that mean it’s a good thing? Do you think that having more obese kids and adults is a positive thing for the nation? If not, how can we discourage obesity without fat-shaming?
Are overweight/obese/fat people more or less likely to live healthy lifestyles that reduce their risks of health problems traditionally associated with obesity? A fat person who lives a healthy lifestyle (doesn’t eat crap and exercises) may be just as healthy as a thin person doing the same, but if the percentages of fat and thin people who live healthily are different, it would be useful to ask why. (I’m flagging my own prejudice that thin people are more likely to exercise and eat healthily, probably because when I was fatter than I am now I had a lot of inertia when it came to getting off the couch, and was also less likely to cook – maybe I was just lazier in my youth.)
And lastly…obviously I don’t know the history of the scientific literature on obesity and health risks. Is it long and old enough that it is an established trend? Because the health world is always going “ZOMG!” over stuff that is just new, and not substantiated – as it seems they went overboard with the “FAT WILL KILL YOU!” line – so is the literature saying fat is good/neutral any more reliable than the anti-fat literature? (I am going to ask my mom to look into this for me. That’s what she gets for asking me to translate a medical article for her from a language I’m still a beginner in. Quid pro quo!)
And…much as I know it sounds terrible to say this…but I have some non-health concerns about fat. They sounded horribly discriminatory when I wrote them out…but I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of totally sanctioning fatness. I don’t know what to think.