I guess it’s the nature of Tumblr, but it would have been nice to have a "From Fatadelic" credit attached to this, seeing as it was extracted from one of my blog posts. http://fatadelic.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/diet-talk-and-fat-acceptance
Cheers.
nynakin:

1. Self Acceptance ≠ Body Acceptance
Self Acceptance relates to the inner whereas Body Acceptance relates to the outer… [read more]
2. Fat Acceptance vs Size Acceptance – Allies with a difference
Philosophically, Size Acceptance and Fat Acceptance are very similar.   SA and FA both advocate an end to size & weight related  discrimination. The point of difference to my mind is that Fat Acceptance explicitly  states that FAT is – and must be – part of that discussion; there can be  no upper weight or size limit to our quest for rights and acceptance… [read more]
3. Dieting and Body Acceptance are mutually exclusive If you are dieting, then you believe your body as it currently stands is  unacceptable. It really doesn’t  matter whether you are trying to lose weight for cosmetic or ‘health  reasons’… [read more]
4.  Therefore Fat Acceptance and Dieting are mutually exclusive If you believe your own body is so unacceptable that you must starve and  shrink it, then by extension, you also must believe that bodies of  people who are as large or larger than you are unacceptable…   [read more]
5. Diet all you like, just don’t talk about it in Fat Acceptance spacesI really don’t care if you diet. But Fat Acceptance  spaces are one place where that cultural pressure is eased (not removed,  eased) for a while.  I do not require your validation for my choice,  nor do I require you to stop dieting…  [read more]

I guess it’s the nature of Tumblr, but it would have been nice to have a "From Fatadelic" credit attached to this, seeing as it was extracted from one of my blog posts. http://fatadelic.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/diet-talk-and-fat-acceptance

Cheers.

nynakin:

1. Self Acceptance ≠ Body Acceptance

Self Acceptance relates to the inner whereas Body Acceptance relates to the outer… [read more]

2. Fat Acceptance vs Size Acceptance – Allies with a difference

Philosophically, Size Acceptance and Fat Acceptance are very similar. SA and FA both advocate an end to size & weight related discrimination. The point of difference to my mind is that Fat Acceptance explicitly states that FAT is – and must be – part of that discussion; there can be no upper weight or size limit to our quest for rights and acceptance… [read more]

3. Dieting and Body Acceptance are mutually exclusive
If you are dieting, then you believe your body as it currently stands is unacceptable. It really doesn’t matter whether you are trying to lose weight for cosmetic or ‘health reasons’… [read more]

4. Therefore Fat Acceptance and Dieting are mutually exclusive
If you believe your own body is so unacceptable that you must starve and shrink it, then by extension, you also must believe that bodies of people who are as large or larger than you are unacceptable… [read more]

5. Diet all you like, just don’t talk about it in Fat Acceptance spaces
I really don’t care if you diet. But Fat Acceptance spaces are one place where that cultural pressure is eased (not removed, eased) for a while. I do not require your validation for my choice, nor do I require you to stop dieting…  [read more]

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It occurred to me the other day that fat – considered, in excess, a prima facie pathogen – has come to occupy the place of the medieval humours, and diet and exercise regimens, to make no mention of actual invasive surgery, are absolutely modern bloodletting. The parallels are actually kind of spooky: near-universal support from the medical establishment, temporary and perceptual gains in health, and, on the unlikely realization of its stated goal, mortality.


Physician, heal thyself.

— From ‘Medieval' by Defective Thin Person.

When are these people going to realise that shame and self loathing does not encourage people to change their lives? You are not going to make me thin by calling me names and telling me I am lazy gluttonous slob. If that was the way to thin, I would be Rachel Zoe by now.

— From Fat Lot of Good

Fatiquette #5

The Fat Fashion Rules are that there are no Fat Fashion Rules

Wear what pleases YOU.

I’m always amused by people who say, “The Laws of Physics are undeniable. Calories-in/calories-out. Blah. Blah. Blah.” When I give talks about weight diversity and how we can all live happier, healthier lives if we adopt Health At Every Size principles, I ask audiences (full of people of all sizes usually mostly thin and average-weight)…”Have you ever known someone who ate a lot of fast food, pizza, etc., and never exercises, stayed home all day playing video games or watching tv.” Lots of people in the audience will laugh and raise their hands. Then I say…”But those people are breaking the Laws of PHYSICS!!!”

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Go read this in full now. Seriously. Now.

Fatshionista on being a fat kid and ‘childhood obesity’:

Nothing that happened to me as a kid, none of the changes I went through, none of the self-loathing I absorbed, none of the teasing I tolerated, none of it would have taken place if I were fat in a vacuum. None of it happened exclusively as a result of my fatness. It happened because of the culture in which I was living, a culture we all share to one degree or another. It happened because I received, processed, assimilated and internalized the negative messages about what fat people can and cannot do, and what fat people are and cannot be. It happened because my peers did the same and acted out those cultural expectations upon me; because my pediatrician believed that putting a nine-year-old child only slightly bigger than average on a diet was a smart and responsible choice; because my parents, trying only to raise me as a happy and healthy kid, thought that I needed help in order to be normal. My fat was never the problem; the problem was living in a world that targeted fat people as defective, unintelligent, ill, repulsive. [My emphasis]  If I hadn’t felt singled out, if I hadn’t been utterly convinced that no one in the world aside from my parents would like me, let alone love me, until I stopped being fat… my childhood and teenage years probably would have been very different. Indeed, if I hadn’t beaten my metabolism to a pulp through compulsive dieting during my formative years, I may even not be as fat as I am today. I’ll never know.
This is why when I hear or see anything on the subject of Michelle Obama’s new campaign against “childhood obesity”, I feel a terrible knot in my stomach, because I know this sort of approach will always, inevitably, turn into a campaign against obese children. And fat kids have enough to worry about, frankly. They have to fight hard already to resist this culture that tells them their size will always hold them back; they do not need to be further singled out by a crusade mounted by this nation’s (in all other respects, rightfully so) beloved First Lady. I was damaged as a result of being a fat kid, certainly; however, what damaged me was not my fat, but the messages I received about fatness. I was damaged by both perceiving myself and being treated by others as inferior, an object, something in need of repair, and not a person worthy of basic respect. I was seriously damaged by the endless dieting, such that I grew into adulthood with absolutely no idea of how to eat in a healthful and self-aware way. I was damaged by the idea that so long as I was fat, my life would be forever on hold, as only thin people get to be smart or successful in life.
Call it a campaign against childhood couch-sitting. Call it a drive to get kids to go outside and play, in the grand tradition of the many hours I spent doing the same as a (fat) kid. Call it a movement to educate children on basic nutrition and how their amazing growing bodies work for them. But don’t single out the fat kids. Their burden is already heavy enough. And if I am any indication, doing this will only ensure that this generation will be fatter than ever, dragging behind them huge heaps of food issues and low self-esteem as a bonus. Not all of them will be as strong-willed, independently-thinking, and plain old determined as I have been, and as many of you have been, who were able to shed the fat-based self-loathing and begin that crazy adventure towards self-acceptance. Many of them will struggle with body hatred for the rest of their lives.

And people are going to be fat, or not fat, irrespective of your judgment about fat people. Letting go of fat hatred won’t change anything—except, of course, to make the world a little bit better a place for its fat inhabitants.

It can be a hatred that’s hard to let go of, even for fat people, because letting go of that hatred, and replacing it with acceptance, can feel akin to giving fat people permission to be fat.

But being in the position of feeling like permission is yours to give is a manifestation of privilege. And maybe it’s all right to let that privilege go.

Shakesville: Proposed

We need a widespread rebellion of women who are tired of worrying about their weight, who understand that weight is not a matter of health or discipline but a weapon our culture uses against us to keep us in our place and feeling small. We need to quietly say no to ridiculous weight standards, reassuring ourselves that we’re good and worthwhile human beings even if we aren’t a size 6, and further, to protest those standards more demonstrably, on behalf of others as well. Both decisions require a change in attitude which, while not necessarily impolite, is rather less tolerant of the everyday demeaning comments about body size that women now accept as their due. In other words, we need to begin to throw our weight around.

Laura Fraser, Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It (via crustyriotgrrl) (via loveandzombies) (via novazembla) (via feminaction)

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I refuse to learn that lesson

The lesson presented to us constantly by society and by the media is that success is being thin and that being thin is the key to success. (And by extension, that failure is fat and being fat is the key to failure.)

Fuck that.

This is what I am rebelling against. This is why I am a Fat Acceptance Activist and a Size Acceptance Activist and a Feminist.

I refuse to learn that lesson.