They really are not as different as you might think. They certainly have characteristics in common – the unyielding willingness to bow to a leader/leaders, a mentality of seeking acceptance for one to stagnate in their current state of knowledge, etcetera. Most of all, however, these movements both reject science in favour of their own idealogy. When you place a source in your mind as ‘true north’, nothing will sway you from this set-point. We see this in the creationism argument every day in how literalist Christians view the Bible.
Kate Harding, of Shapely Prose (The champion of the current fat acceptance movement, at least in the ‘fatosphere’ – a group of FA bloggers, despite the closure of Shapely Prose) has become true north for many people.
Now, I really dislike trying to shoehorn a good, brief description of something when countless ones have been made before me. So I give you one of my new favourite blogs, Unfatblog, and their introduction to ‘The Fat Acceptance Movement”.
Now, read it please! Seriously. It won’t take long, and it’s a dopity-dope blog (too bad it’s now no longer updated!), but I’ll bullet point some views from the fat acceptance movement if you’re feeling busy 🙂
- Working towards ending discrimination and prejudice towards fat people
- Working on loving yourself and your body, no matter your size
This is pretty much awesome and I agree with this. It’s a common way to feel when you stumble upon this movement – that you can finally find like minded people who actually think you’re beautiful and want you to be happy with yourself! But that’s where my acceptance of Fat Acceptance ends. This is also, unfortunately, pretty much most of the fat acceptance that the media reports. They don’t talk about the bullshit! I’ll continue.
- Everyone has a ‘genetic set point’ for their weight
- You can be healthy at any size whatsoever
- Weight has nothing or very little to do with health
- All you can tell by looking at a fat person is that they’re fat and nothing to do with their health is visible
- All diets do not work
- All lifestyle changes are still diets, and still do not work
- If you can lose weight and keep it off for five years, you’re a freak of nature
- That your body knows what it needs and everyone should ‘eat intuitively’
- You can’t talk about losing weight in the fatosphere
- Being fat has no impact on anyone but yourself
- Binge eating isn’t really an eating disorder, but anorexia and bulimia are only caused by dieting
- Dieting is worse for you than being fat
The Fat Acceptance movement is quite literally defeatism. It is telling people that it’s too hard to change, therefore we should all just be okay with how we are.
I fucking hate this movement. It truly disgusts me.
Hopefully, in reading the links above, you feel like screaming ‘BULLSHIT!’. The sheer denial of science and evidence is astounding – as noted in Unfatblog’s post above, the FA blogosphere is mainly women in their twenties to thirties with no scientific or medical background. Because of the young age of the bloggers, it’s easy for them to use their own lives and lives of friends as anecdotal evidence to how they feel ‘better than ever’ with their current body size – usually, morbidly obese to the tune of at least 100 pounds overweight.
The fat acceptance movement truly did not occur to me as a thing that was anything like this until recently. I assumed what I’d always heard – that they were fighting prejudice and discrimination and promoting self-love. I had no idea of their denial. I had no idea of their need for high self esteem at the expense of their health. I had no idea of how they treated those who still wanted to participate in Fat Acceptance while losing weight.
Just because fat is a majority doesn’t make it acceptable.