Well aren’t you a piece of work. I have been following TiTP for several months now and I’ve never seen any of the moderators or submitters ever suggest that sick people should not get help.
What I have seen in the past week or so however is a lot of people picking through their posts and then reblogging things completely out of context and in many cases focusing on only one sentence instead of reading their entire post.
Health is a very complex thing. I worked in a hospital and in a pharmacy for the better part of a decade and it was part of my job to understand what makes a person healthy and unhealthy. To say that they posted blatant lies about health is a blatant lie itself. The blog simply states that fat people need to be treated like people and not like shit. The blog simply states that health is not a qualifying factor in being treated like a person. That healthy or unhealthy fat people are still people and deserved to be treated with dignity and respect. That goes for anyone. Health is not a measure of one’s worth.
But let’s admit it. You don’t care about our health. You don’t care about my health or the health of any random stranger on the internet. You might be concerned about your thin compatriots, but you certainly do not care about fat teens. Because if you did, you would understand that the societal attitude towards fat people is unacceptably cruel. When fat people do fall ill, we receive blame and not compassion. We receive punishment and not help. Belief that fat is some sort of disease or health problem and that getting rid of it is the “cure” is really just a way for people to mask their own fat hate. That when a fat person makes a submission stating that they received subpar health care due to their weight, they are not lying about it. That there is clear and consistent stigmatization, and in some cases discrimination, that can be documented in three important areas of living: employment, education, and health care. Among the findings are that 28% of teachers in one study said that becoming obese is the worst thing that can happen to a person; 24% of nurses said that they are “repulsed” by obese persons; and, controlling for income and grades, parents provide less college support for their overweight than for their thin children.
If you cared about the health of fat people you would have already looked into this and understood that when healthcare professionals are “disgusted” by fat bodies they are less likely to treat them with the same standard care as everyone else. Instead you’re crusading against a blog that attempts to point out these injustices.
As far as giving people who read the blog the idea that every problem they face is because of their weight is actually kind of laughable. Society blames fat people like me for all of it’s problems.
Society tells me that all of my problems are because I’m fat. Society airbrushes it’s figureheads into perfection and tells me that if I don’t strive towards that goal I’m not worthy of being treated as a person. Society tells me that fat bodies like mine are an eyesore and a blight on the landscape. And society tells me that bodies like mine are a joke. Oh and society tells me that because I’m fat, I’m unfit to be an employee, even if I’m completely healthy. Society also tells me that because I’m fat, I deserve a considerably lower salary. A large portion of medical professionals dismiss our symptoms or overlook them on purpose because we’re fat. Drug companies intentionally alter facts about fat bodies and health in order to make money. That’s right, there is a multi billion dollar industry in place that crucifies bodies like mine to scare bodies of all sizes into spending money.
I’m sorry, I can go on and on but lets move on, shall we?
The message is simple and plain as day and is as follows:
- Being fat is okay.
- You can’t tell how healthy someone is just by looking at them.
- You can’t tell how much someone eats or exercises just by looking at them.
- Even if you could, it’s none of your business anyway.
- The only thing you can tell for sure by looking at a fat person is the degree of your own bias against fat people.
Spaces like this blog and TiTP exist because I and people like me desperately need them to. And they discuss concepts that I need to reclaim so that I can talk about my body, my health and and myself in positive ways. So maybe next time instead of taking things out of context and throwing a hissy fit because spaces like this exist for fat people, just keep moving. What you’re really doing is saying that it doesn’t matter what I go through, because if I manage to scrape together some space of solidarity and acceptance for people like me, it’s still yours to take over whenever you like, because your faux health concerns for fat people are more important than giving some space to people who are ostracized, criticized, hated, marginalized, erased, ignored, pushed out, pushed away, and constantly berated.
If you want to spew your fat hate go right on ahead and do it. But go out and make your own fate hate spaces and don’t inundate us with your bile because you saw something you didn’t agree with and it made you feel uncomfortable . Because it’s less important to you that fat people have ONE GODDAMN PLACE to talk about our bodies, our health and our struggles than for you to have everything in the whole world when you already do.
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That OP’s messed up, which is their prerogative. As long as they don’t expect to impose their messed up mindset on others.
‘obesity’ is a term that claims weight is illness. Most if not all people disagree with that.
It’s no different to saying that because plenty of thin/slim people get sick, that thin/slimness is illness. And that thin/slimness is the cause of something called “thin/slim related disease”.
Weight is not illness-that’s called a disagreement.
As for ‘medical help’ so far as I know, that consists of accepting that calorie restriction is not a viable solution and has done palpable harm to those who tried in on any long term basis.
Many doctors are not ready to acknowledge this. Everyone is entitled as a free person to refuse their advice to do something you know has harmed you.
That is the basis of the doctor patient relationship, consensual treatment. [No one would claim weight loss diets as medical treatment.] That includes the right to refuse advice that you know to be harmful change and seek alternatives such as dietary modification, exercise, meditation, healing and therapeutic exercise,etc.,
We are ultimately responsible for knowing ourselves. Despite the desire of others to keep us in ignorance of ourselves and how our bodies really work.
Which is shown in this person doesn’t seem to think fat people can think for themselves. That’s exactly the way want it to be, which is their real complaint. That fat people are thinking for themselves and not continuing to passively allow our health to be undermined or wrecked by those who wish us ill.