Posts tagged: body policing
Lesley Kinzel (via curvesahead)
I will always reblog this because it is so so important.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
Just get healthy. It’s all anyone asks. Be healthy.
No, actually, all anyone asks is that fat people be thin, because the myth that thin = healthy has become nearly legend.
If “all anyone asks” is that we ALL be healthy, food deserts wouldn’t exist, fast foods would be regulated stringently, and soda companies couldn’t be allowed to put 40 grams of high fructose corn syrup and 150g of salt in one 12oz can. Among many, many other things.
Instead, fat people are bullied, thin people (in the saMe burger king line as a fat person, BTW) snap pictures of fat people’s butts and stomachs and bodies without permission so they can post them online, and thin people who openly live unhealthy lives (binge drinking, never drinking water, smoking, drugs, unprotected sex, stress, over working, eating fast food, etc) are seen as above reproach because they can “eat whatever they want and stay thin”.
No, getting “healthy” is not “all anyone asks”.
And beyond that, what business is it of yours to ask about someone else’s health anyway?
Didn’t want the photo on my blog. But I needed Peech’s commentary