Unpopular opinion time: Fat Activists

I need to preface this with a warning: I am not against size acceptance. My goal size is still considered “plus size”, and I fully understand the hate that is towards severely obese people. Now on to what I don’t agree with (again).

I have previously written about “no wrong way to have a body“. I am very vocal about this because there are wrong ways to have bodies. Being severely obese and severely underweight are extremely damaging to your body in several different ways. Being underweight makes it so you don’t have enough energy during the day, and can leave you with a weakened immune system. Being severely obese opens you up to a world of issues including sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and high triglycerides (all pretty much affecting your heart).

I am not saying that this is how everyone is, at all. I am still considered obese by the BMI scale (which, I have stated before, is complete bullshit, but doctors still go by it) and my blood pressure is so perfect that when I went to Planned Parenthood last week I got COMPLIMENTS from the nurses. I haven’t had my blood checked yet, but I am certain that my numbers have improved (even at 280, they were really close to perfect). There are plenty of other “overweight” and “obese” people who are in the same category, and this post doesn’t pertain to you. I will warn that even though you don’t have issues now, though, that does not mean that you won’t in the future. Fat doesn’t build just around your skeletal muscles, it builds around your organs, making them heavy, discolored, and change the way they work. Problems will likely arise in the future.

My problem right now isn’t the people who are overweight and still healthy; the ones that actually do exercise and eat healthy on a constant basis (not just “OOH I ATE A SALAD FROM THIS PLACE”, not realizing that salad is actually worse than a burger from said place), or the overweight people who have problems that make them fat, regardless of any combination of exercise, diet, and medication. My problem are the people who hide behind “size acceptance” as an excuse to eat to their heart’s desire and not do a god damn thing about it. The ones who call themselves “fat activists” (which sounds like someone who is an activist that is fat). The ones who completely overeat, then do a minimal amount of exercise to say they did something. The ones who don’t even try to make themselves better. I was told the best thing today: They are glorifying being fat and not promoting self-acceptance.

You cannot be an activist if you haven’t petitioned to any government official about change. I seriously hate how that word is just thrown around everything, just like the word “socialist”. You aren’t picketing, you aren’t protesting anywhere, you aren’t doing anything but complaining online about people not accepting you. Almost every “fat activist” I have seen has done nothing but hide behind the phrase as means to eat whatever they want in whatever size portion and use it to make them feel better about themselves. This is damaging to the cause of size-acceptance.

Where the fuck do we draw the line? Really? I am for self-acceptance and size-acceptance to a point. If you decide to glorify being lazy and overeating, you are doing harm to this cause. If you don’t decide to make a change in your life, complain about being lethargic or tired all the time, and then preach self-acceptance, you are doing harm to this fucking cause. You are demeaning the value of all the other people who ARE working hard towards getting healthy or the ones who are just trying to maintain their weight instead of gaining. That is god damn insulting to those people.

So, please, if you decide you want to be all for size acceptance, think about if you are hiding behind that cause to continue to be unhealthy, or if you are doing everything you can to make sure you stay healthy at a larger size.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. blodia
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:16:16

    <3

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  2. jenni (@jenni75)
    May 30, 2012 @ 06:17:35

    I <3 this blog and fully support your opinions! I'm all for size acceptance because EVERYONE deserves to be treated equally & fairly. Those who label themselves "fat activists" yet do nothing to support the cause except piss, bitch & moan about how plus sized people are treated are NOT ACTIVISTS. Show me someone who's petitioned, picketed or done a sit in. THAT's an activist. The rest are just whiners, IMO.

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