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tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
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(CN: obesity, body negativity)

Someone on a friend's repost of this journo request posted to [twitter.com profile] getinthesea claimed: "obesity is not a disability, it's a life choice".

My reply was to tell them they were wrong, followed up with:

"What about people who have to take medications known to cause obesity in order to control other health problems? Look up: chlorpromazine, clozapine, amitryptyline, aripriprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone.

What about people with diabetes? Did you know the insulin that some diabetics need to stay alive causes obesity?

What about people who are paralysed and CAN'T be active, who instead have muscle wastage that turns to fat that they can't easily get rid of? For that matter, what about people with degenerative muscle-wasting diseases?

What about people with hypothyroidism, the very definition of which is not having the hormones required to maintain a good metabolism and burn off calories well?

What about people who became obese as a result of a disability rendering them bed-ridden and unable to live their life, now unable to function "normally" because of the obesity they've ended up with through no CHOICE of their own?

What about people living on or even below the poverty line, unable to afford "good food" that keeps them healthy?

No, not all of these things cause obesity in all people - but there is peer-reviewed evidence backing up everything I've just said showing that your statement "obesity is not a disability, it's a life choice" is nothing more than bigoted rubbish. But then I should have expected as much from someone who openly admits to agreeing with Katie Hopkins and thinks women's magazines do no harm whatsoever to the mental health and self-esteem of women who see glossy magazines staring down at them instructing them to be skinny in order to be a good person.

Some people have become obese through overeating and inactivity, yes. And they may be quite happy about that, or not. The important thing is that that's their choice and unless they invite it, nobody else's business."


He also complained that said friend using sarcasm in response to the suggestion that women's magazine journalism is unimportant was patronising; I *may* have said it's no wonder some people feel the need to post such comments.

…why do I always get into arguments like this at bedtime?!

Date: 2015-08-12 06:20 am (UTC)

silverhare: art of a dragon surrounded by bunnies (misc - dragon hoard of bunnies [art])
From: [personal profile] silverhare
*high five for you defending fat ppl*

(signed, a fat person <3)
Date: 2015-08-12 08:21 pm (UTC)

ephemera: (Belly dancer)
From: [personal profile] ephemera
amen, and thank you!

(today I encountered a healthcare professional who was familiar with health at every size as a concept, and gets that fat carries different social and cultural meanings to different people. It's both a good thing, and a little depressing how happy!surprised I was, because that seems like maybe the baseline I ought to be able to expect, but it so isn't)
Date: 2015-08-17 07:02 pm (UTC)

lovingboth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lovingboth
There's a longer version of a reply waiting in my head, but it says something that I have the number of that xkcd memorised...

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