In the end, I’m not sure I agree with every part of fat acceptance. I think it ignores a lot of the socioeconomic factors that go into making people gain weight for lifestyle-related reasons; the fact that poor people are obese at vastly higher rates than rick people is not a coincidence. I also think it unfairly demonizes people like Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama, who could perhaps use a little linguistic tweaking in how they talk about “the obesity crisis” (these are human beings, after all, not some evil cloud descending on our country), but whose hearts are very much in the right place in terms of wanting to help people make positive lifestyle changes. And the claims that being fat is not necessarily bad for your health do seem to fly in the face of the mainstream medical community.
All that said, I think it’s a very useful tool for confronting anti-fat bias in society and in ourselves, and finding a less crazy-making solution to our body issues than constantly having empty stomach breath. I can’t say my battles with my inner fat-shaming demons are over, but that’s the great thing about FA: wherever you’re at in the process, it accepts you. Personally, I think I’m going to go back to my non-diet of wholesome, healthy foods and try not to let the fear of fat police my life anymore. I sincerely hope you’ll do the same.