I get a lot of reader e-mail from people who are struggling with where they stand and what they believe when it comes to Size Acceptance. Sometimes they have questions about the basics or they are still going through the evidence but, for whatever reason, they just aren’t sure where they’re at.
Size Acceptance is a civil rights movement – it rests upon the idea that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not size, health, or healthy habit dependent – they are for everyone, of every size. Those rights are inalienable and never contingent, and they include the right to live without having war waged on you by the government, media, diet industry, doctors, and every weight bully with an internet connection. So if you’re not sure what you stand for, I would make the following suggestion:
Everybody of every size deserves to be treated with respect. The shaming, stigmatizing, bullying, discrimination and oppression of and against fat people needs to stop immediately, as does the conflation of weight and health. Health, as well as the priotization of it and the path to it, are intensely personal decisions that are not up for public debate or discussion. Public health is about making health options available to the public, not making fat people’s (or any people’s) health the public’s business.
If you’re not sure what you stand for, consider standing for that.
Looking for your input:
I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking if I’m going to do another book. After a couple of things that happened this weekend, I decided for sure today that I am. I’m an unwilling combatant in a war against me because of how I look. So is every other fat person. The other side of the war has a battle plan, and I think it’s time that I had one too. So the working title for my next book is “The War on Obesity: A Battle Guide for the Fat Side.” It will include sections about armor (studies that we can reference, facts and statistics etc.) as well as situational scenarios – in the doctor’s office and they won’t treat your health issue – they just keep prescribing weight loss, walking around and a stranger suggests weight loss (happened to my friend this weekend!) with real situations and options for handling them. I’m in the proces of outlining the book now and I wanted to ask for some input:
The first chance for participation if you are interested is to let me know what scenarios you would like me to cover in the book, or what information would help you feel prepared to fight back against the war on obesity. It would be awesome if you would e-mail your ideas to me at ragen at danceswithfat dot org!
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