Top 10 Things Got Wrong About the Fat Acceptance Movement

Posted: December 9, 2014 in Fat Acceptance
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So I just came across this 10 point rebuttal of the “Top 10 Reasons the Fat Acceptance Movement Should Be Ashamed of Itself”, and wanted to share because it is great.

I can honestly say that most critics have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to the Fat Acceptance movement (which the author inexplicably abbreviates as FAM, even though most people simply call it FA) or Health at Every SizeR (HAES).

This has also been my experience. Most folks who complain about Fat Acceptance and/or HAES seem to have absolutely no clue what they are, so they throw out “criticisms” of both that have nothing to do with anything either movement promotes. One I see a lot is complaints that HAES is about forcing people to find fat women sexually desirable… what? That’s not anything first off. No one is trying to force anyone to find anyone sexually desirable. But how do you get that from Health At Every Size which simply promotes focusing on healthy behaviors without making weight loss the goal of those behaviors? Oh right, because most of the time these people then go on to cite some fat hate sub on reddit as the place to learn the truth about HAES… because that will definitely provide a more accurate understanding of what it is than going to the source. /sarcasm

Fat person says, “I’ve tried everything and I just can’t lose weight.”
“Did you try X?”
“Yes. Yes. I tried X.”
“Yeah, but did you do Y?”
“Yes, I did Y.”
“Because sometimes people do X, but they don’t do Y.”

Yup. This is so spot on. Have had this exact conversation many times.

Dr. Sharma warned against judging a book by the size of its ass:
Don’t blame people for their weight because you can’t look at somebody and, based on their size, immediately jump to conclusions about their lifestyle. I’ve got a lot of patients in my clinic who are large, who are obese, who know more about nutrition, more about healthy living, and are actually practicing those principles than some of my thinner patients who come and have other problems.

Not much original content here from me, I just really wanted to share the awesomeness of this list because it is so perfect.


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