Over at “The Frisky”, the question is posed: does the “fat acceptance movement” glamorize unhealthy living?
America’s in a weird situation. On the one hand, we overly glamorize people who are WAY too thin to be healthy. On the other hand, the “average American” is definitely heavier than they should be and the trend’s been going upwards.
As far as my weight goes, I’m not dissatisfied. The woman I have been dating recently finds me attractive. I find her attractive (she’s not stick-thin, which I would hate, but definitely does not resemble Mr. Stay-Puft either). I could do to lose ~15-20 pounds, but the methodology by which I would do so is partially related to necessary changes to my lifestyle (a shorter commute, adjustment to my work environment to allow more standing and moving around) that are currently “in process.”
In the Colosse area, we have quite a few (mostly Latino/Black, indicating perhaps a cultural thing) women who walk around in spandex or revealing dresses while retaining body shapes more suited for the aforementioned Marshmallow Person. A fair number of them seem to believe that they are (despite a physical shape indicating extreme unhealth) the epitome of attractiveness.
As one commenter points out, a normal person doesn’t get to 300 pounds on a single bowl of cereal and a sub sandwich each day, unless the “bowl” is a punch bowl and the “sandwich” is one of those party-size setups. If you somehow do manage to get to that size without such, you have a serious medical condition - such as insulin resistance, or PCOS, or some other major hormonal/metabolic/digestive imbalance - that you should be seeing a doctor about quite regularly. And I can’t quite condone the idea that people should simply “accept” these medical problems, and leave them untreated, either - there are simply too many related risks down the road.
I also suspect that much of the supposed self-confidence of the “fat acceptance movement”, much like the (slightly more underground or at least less vocal, though I have seen it through the lens of an anorexic friend who thankfully got help) pro-anorexia movement, is more bravado to hide deep-seated mental issues than anything else. Anorexics don’t try to tell people “I don’t eat”, they try to avoid those social situations or try to appear to have eaten. Bulemics eat, and then try to reverse the process in secret. Likewise, the “fat acceptance” types are probably engaging in a number of lies or even self-hurting tactics (eating in secret, or redefining mentally what a “portion” means, which is an ongoing problem in a culture where “fast food” comes in ever-larger burgers and 42-oz helpings of HFCS that won’t set off the body’s chemical saitety triggers).