over at momgrind.com there was a post about a fat teenager eating icecream and the fat acceptance movement.
“How do I accept that girl’s behavior when it’s wrong on so many levels? How do I tell that kid it’s OK to be fat without giving her permission to continue on this destructive path? Instead of talking about how we should accept fat, shouldn’t we do everything in our power, as a society and as a government, to educate the obese, and to tax, or otherwise punish, the food industry whenever it knowingly shoves calories, trans fats and other unhealthy ingredients down our throats?”
SHe seemed to have legitimate questions, and I did my best to answer her. i did so well in fact that I had to post it here too.
So what if a teenager eats an icecream cone in public. So what if the teen is fat. She has right to eat what she wants, when she wants regardless of weight. Last time I checked its a free country. Also, everybody wants to bitch about subsidizing health care costs for the fat. Does anybody stop to think that half of our medical bill come from being told to lose weight fatty? lap banding is expensive and the ONLY treatment found to be even remotely effective for losing weight long term. Doctors see a fat patient….and insted of listening to what is medically wrong all the doctor sees if fat and tell them to lose weight and it will get better….making us sicker and cost more, when a simple intervention at the START of the illness can often be cheaper and more effective. And if you are convinced that fatties will die early, then why do you care if we cost more….a skinny person will cost a LOT more (by that reasoning) down the line because they will live longer. 95% of diets fail. 95% And society’s answer to fat people it to try harder…wtf.
How about making food advertisements illegal…i bet that would stop or at least slow down the consumption of twinkies. How about stop the corn subsidy so stuff like High Fructose corn syrup isn’t practically free? I’m actually for a junk food tax (not a fat tax) because though heavy i eat really well tax the holy hell out of foods that are “junk”. Fat is also largely a socioeconomic problem. Eating healthy is a luxury that many people can’t afford. Have you tried shopping for produce in the inner city? (with real work hours don’t give me that farmers market bs when poor people have to work long hours and can only really shop at the 24 hour places.) How about shopping when all you have is a bus to get around? OR shopping on a bus with 2 kids to feed? there are 2 grocery stores that i know of in the downtown part of KC. there are over 70 fast food stores. A dinner that is healthy cooked from said grocery store COSTS more than one bought at the save a lot in the burbs. Hell, a head of lettuce there is 3.50, not 1.50 like it is here in my neighborhood. IF the person is a teen, how about the school lunches served…….are THEY healthy? or are there snack lines too…and a pop machiene…and a vending machine with candy. It’s very very easy to blame fat on the person who is fat….but remember 95% of diets fail (and it was MEDICARE that did that study, to determine if they will pay to help people to lose weight). All fat hatred does is create a scapegoat, someone to blame all our ills on (health care prices anyone?)