On Fat and Eating

From Hanne Blank:

Truth is, it is totally possible to be a fat person eating “healthy” and “sustainable” and “locavore” and “balanced” and “nutritious” and “organic.”  This fat I have on my hips here?  That’s some locally-grown, sustainable, artisanally crafted, homemade fat, right there, practically glowing with seventeen kinds of early 21st-century middle-class white American foodie pride.

From Lesley at Two Whole Cakes:

[M]any behaviors seen as damaging and dangerous in thin people are outright encouraged in fat people. The specific example above is purging, but the sentiment is the same for many disordered eating patterns. Fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an ED — it’s a lifestyle change.



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3 responses to “On Fat and Eating”

  1. malpaz Avatar

    good post :) i agree about the thin being nailed while they dont nail the obese for the same mental disorder

  2. Val Garner Avatar

    I also agree with this post. There are some very real double standards happening.

  3. Bronwyn Avatar

    Great post, so much 100% true. And I think the fact that people don’t realize the double standard exists or try to excuse it just makes it that many times worse.

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