The fat acceptance movement normalizes obesity.
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People come in all shapes and sizes and promoting body positivity is great, but I am not convinced that we should throw our hands up and encourage people to maintain unhealthy lifestyles because they can't or don't want to lose weight.
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The fat acceptance movement normalizes obesity.

by aewall3

People come in all shapes and sizes and promoting body positivity is great,

but I am not convinced that we should throw our hands up and encourage people to maintain unhealthy lifestyles because they can't or don't want to lose weight.

Fat people are the target of discrimination and bullying due to their weight, which is undeniably wrong. But *promoting* fatness is not the way to support fat people.

I understand that defining health is a complex issue and it's not as easy saying "that person has some extra lbs,

therefore they aren't healthy" but the fat acceptance movement's sheltering of obesity normalizes poor health.

Obesity is a serious problem and the fat acceptance movement allows us to bypass facing the obesity epidemic as a society.

There are major systematic changes that we, as a society, need to address in order to have a healthier populous,

and accepting that obesity is okay or promoting it is a barrier to the hard work of changing the way our culture treats food, diet, and exercise.

People deserve respect, but part of that respect should include real discussions about weight and finding better ways to support people.

Edit: To illustrate a few examples of the trends I've seen and point out the difference between the intent of the movement and the byproduct(s) of it- (I'm on mobilize so I apologize

for formatting)

There are a number of fativits who write about how being fat is good, I've interpreted that as promoting fatness/obesity.

Examples:

[I'm FAt. It's OK](http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22468/im-fat-its-ok-heres-why-we-all-need-to-get-a-little-more-comfy-with-the-f-wo.html)

[Photo Series Proves Fat is Beautiful](http://www.glamour.com/gallery/adipositivity-project-photos)

[Glorifying Obesity](http://www.fatgirlflow.com/glorifying-obesity/)

You can find [Fat is Fabulous](https://www.tumblr.com/search/fat%20is%20fabulous) posts all over Tumblr and other social media sites.

I think the difference here is the original intent of the movement.

I see that the intent of the movement is to end discrimination against fat people, but I think many individuals use that as a scapegoat to normalize obesity.

Cathy Young wrote a succinct article that reflects my thoughts that may be a better descriptor - [Pro Fat An Unhealthy Status Quo](https://www.bostonglobe.

com/opinion/2013/12/30/fat-acceptance-hazardous-health/1ojfoW46R2elWpHLarA19M/story.html)

EDIT 2: POST CMV -

A number of people have illustrated the difference between the fat acceptance movement and the fat *people* acceptance movement, which is the key differentiator for me.

Yes, there are radicals (as in any movement) who take the message further to say that obesity (the illness) is healthy, which is not true.

But as I understand, the moderates of the fat acceptance movement simply aim to normalize the existence of obese people in an effort to make their lives less hellacious.

There are a lot of people who are hung up on the normalizing aspect of this thread and who have pointed out that of course the movement aims to normalize obesity.

I posted this thread with a common understanding that obesity, the illness, is bad, and should not be upheld, glorified, promoted, etc...

That said, I understand there are differentiating interpretations on the word "normalizing".

I see the point that normalizing doesn't always equate to condoning, as in, we should normalize mental health issues, but that does not mean we glorify mental health problems.

Thus, I think my real issue here has been associating the movement and it's intent with radicals.

I would, therefore, appreciate links to resources that are upstanding representations of moderate thinkers of the fat acceptance movement.

Thanks to everyone for your input, thought provoking conversation and for changing my view!

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