Fat Acceptance Reaction

Fat Acceptance Reaction

October 23, 2019 3 By William Morgan


Repeat after me: Fat Acceptance is not
Body Positivity. Hi, and welcome back to
my channel. If you are new, I’m Lola
at Beasts Train Mean, and in this video, I’m
going to give a little history about the
Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance
movements, and I am going to conclude
with my thoughts on the matter. Please,
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and let’s roll! How did the Body Positivity
movement begin? From the 1850s through
the 1890s, there was a movement called
the Victorian Dress Reform movement,
which goal was to put an end to the
trend of women having to modify their
bodies through the use of corsets for
the satisfaction of the beauty standard
at the time, which was a tiny waist. Also
at the time, women were ridiculed
whether they could achieve a tiny waist
line or not shrink their waist enough with
corsets. From that emerged the acceptance
of all body types regardless of waist
measurements as a prominent theme of the
Victorian Dress Reform movement.
Fast-forward to 1967 when a New York
radio host by the name of Steve Post
held a Fat-In gathering in Central Park
to celebrate overweight. Five months
later, an author named Lew Louderback wrote
an essay with the title, “More People
Should Be Fat”. Louderback wrote the essay
after witnessing the discrimination that
his wife went through because of her
body size. The essay initiated a new
movement which goal was aimed to correct
fat shaming and a belief that being fat
is always indicative of being unhealthy.
Light was shed on the discrimination of
fat people in America and the fat shaming
culture. Louderback’s essay inspired the
creation of the National Association to
Advance Fat Acceptance, or NAAFA,
two years later in 1969, with the mission
of ending discrimination based on body
weight. The mission of NAAFA was also to
change
the dialogue surrounding obesity and
health, as well as spreading awareness of
the distinction between being fat and
being unhealthily obese. This gave creation
to Health At Every Size, which put
forward the notion that health is
determined by medical testing rather
than empirical observation of someone’s
weight. The movement kept growing from then,
and in 2013, model Tess Holliday launched
EFF Your Beauty Standards, which brought
tremendous support to the Body
Positivity movement. To date, Body
Positivity has found itself mixed up
with Fat Acceptance which has received
criticisms from many. For instance, the
movement has been criticized for its
treatment of obese and morbidly obese
people with eating disorders, or those
who follow diets for health-related
reasons as they are seen as traitors of
the movement. There is also the fact that
Fat Acceptance takes away the debate over
human health by promoting a lifestyle
that can have calamitous health
consequences. With all that being said, I
personally don’t believe that there is
such a thing as “healthy at every size”.
And promoting obesity in the name of
Body Positivity is just another lie to
oneself. Though I believe that everybody
should love the body that they are in, I
also believe that loving yourself
includes respecting your body enough to
want it well and healthy. It is my belief
that society is not to blame for
anyone’s poor choices, nor should anyone
demand that society makes accommodations
for them because of their own poor
choices and poor relationship with food.
In short and in my opinion, I believe
that the Fat Acceptance movement
usurped the Body Positivity movement
out of the laziness of its proponents, and
that is not helping with the obesity
epidemic that we are dealing with here
in the United States or anywhere else in
the world. Obesity is not healthy.
Let me know your thoughts in the
comments, and please remember to be
respectful even if we all disagree; we
can agree to disagree with one another
and still respect each other. If you
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