"[TW: fat shaming, eating disorder discussion, calories] The reality is that 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 eating disorder — it’s a lifestyle change."
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
I was thinking of this last night when watching a news article about that “nasal drip diet”. There is a doctor in the UK who is using this method to “treat” his fat clients by drip-feeding them 130 calories of protein each day. 130 calories. You read that correctly.
But apparently that’s only disordered when someone with a BMI of 19 wants to do it. Apparently it’s perfectly normal and legitimate for someone weighing 100kg. Evidently health is only worth preserving if you’re thin.
Just wow. I don’t even know where to begin. I have so much rage.
(Source: xojane.com, via lavenderlavia)