But it’s not healthy to be overweight!
People say this a lot in response to fat acceptance. Scientists disagree with each other on this, actually. But even if it is unhealthy to be fat, that does not mean you get to hate someone for being fat. Health is not a moral imperative, especially when trying to get to a “healthy” weight (and failing over and over again, as most dieters do) can cause more health problems than the original fat. And contrary to what society tells you, most fat people aren’t fat because they are gluttonous and lazy. Some people are just naturally fat. Some have eating disorders that cause them to overeat. And sure, some lead unhealthy lifestyles, just like some thin people do. You cannot hate or shame someone for their own good, because “mental health” is a part of “health.” Hating yourself is never, ever good for your health.
Here’s some of what FA writer Kate Harding has to say about it:
Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes. This is why it’s so fucking crucial to separate the concept of “obesity” from “eating crap and not exercising.” The two are simply not synonymous — not even close — and it’s not only incredibly offensive but dangerous for thin people to keep pretending that they are. There are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise — and are thus putting their health at risk — and there are fat people who treat their bodies very well but remain fat. Really truly.
I would also like to take a moment to call bullshit on all the people who claim to be shaming fat people “for their health”, but turn around and glamorize people like Kate “I do tons of coke” Moss, and smoke cigarettes, and go on crash diets, and do all manner of unhealthy stuff. You do not care about health at all!