Why fat shaming has not stopped…

Misinformation about fat bodies and obesity…

Despite there being tons of articles proving you can be fat and healthy, proving health has no body size, proving the distinctive difference health and body size down to the anatomy of the human body, people still don’t care, including doctors. As much as these articles exist, there have been articles to debate them and try to dismiss their authenticity.

Association of thinness to femininity and largeness to masculinity…

As long as beauty standards exists, fat shaming will rear it’s ugly head. Everywhere we turn, there’s articles, commercials, magazines, celebrity beach photos advertising thin bodies to women as much as they can. The latest craze in thinspo regarding the bikini bridge and thigh gap pretty much proves this. No matter how many love your body campaigns we have women have psychologically made it up in their minds that their bodies are wrong and what’s advertised to them is right.

Women are far more subjected to conformity than men are because we have been told our entire lives that our value and worth is based off of whether we’re attractive or not to both sexes. Being ignored is like a death sentence to women so we do our best to make sure we keep people happy and pleased with us.

Thin bodies on women is a symbolization of class, innocence, excellence, great health, youthfulness, and purity even if the women do not adhere to any of these characteristics at all. The smaller the woman the more feminine we assume she is because it’s been psychologically trained in our minds to attach femininity to thiness. If you look at most professional successful men of any profession their wives and the women on their arms are always thin. Women who don’t fit the image often feel obligated to settle and view themselves and worthless in value, even if they too are successful.

Thin bodies on women are associated with everything positive, and as long as women are taught this, fat shaming will always exist.

Michelle Obama…

Sure president Obama has one more year in office but it’s no secret she made a big impact with her “Let’s Move” campaign, in the world of fat shaming. I know she meant well, as healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is very important for a functioning body, however her war on obesity is the thorn in the tiger’s paw. Declaring war on obesity also declared war on fat bodies. This has allowed people to view fat people as enemies and a detriment to society and even other people.

Her program doesn’t promote Health to all, it only promotes the bullying and eradication of fat bodies, which gives our thinner counterparts the idea that fat shaming is okay whether it’s done out of so called concern or pure hatred and ignorance.

I think Michelle Obama is aware of the negative stigma her “Let’s Move” campaign has caused, but lets be honest here, she doesn’t care.

Our government has made a mission to take overweight/obese kids from their home deeming them abused because of the idea that their parents are making them gorge on food. No matter if the child is visually active and healthy their fat bodies are enough to take them from their loving parents.

Forcing BMI charts in Elementary schools. Now children as young as 5 have to be subjected to body shaming and fat shaming. Programs telling them the way they exist in their bodies is wrong and harmful to others. Being subjected to bullying and no one doing anything about it because they’re being given the impression that they deserve it because they’re fat.

Eating disorders are on the rise in children as young as 6, and if that doesn’t bother people I don’t know what does.

When CDC declared obesity a “disease” it was another obstacle to fat activism around the world. It sparked a response from fat positive bloggers and people who made signs saying “I AM NOT A DISEASE”. Many people were very upset with CDC who went against being told not to declare obesity as a disease, but they did it anyway. This proves how much fat people are ignored and not seen as real people.

And last but not least, dysfunction within the fat acceptance movement..

The discussion aboout intersection and the lack of representation of POC and trans persons within fat acceptance spaces. The war between former fatties and pro fatties. Healthist fatties vs. My body my choice fatties, it’s just so much drama and confusion within the movement which is why it can fully take flight like it should. There needs to a common ground and place of unity if we want to end fat discrimination, fat shaming, and promote positivity for fat bodies.


FTC Busts Diet Companies for Fraud

FTC Busts Diet Companies for Fraud

Liar, Liar, Pants on fireThe Federal Trade Commission has just settled a lawsuit against four weight loss companies, forcing them to pay over 34 million dollars in restitution for lying to us.  The companies busted by  “Operation Failed Resolution” are:

Sensa: They claimed that sprinkling their powder on your food would help you “get a gym body without going to the gym.”

L’Occitane: Claimed using their cream would help people lose 1.3 inches in 4 weeks.

HCG Diet Direct: said you could lose 7 pounds in 7 day by consuming drops of a diluted hormone produced by the human placenta (oh, and also eating an extremely low calorie diet)

LeanSpa, LLC: Sold acai berry and colon cleanse products and supplements.

How did they lie to us?  Let me count the alleged ways according to the FTC press release:

  • Deceptively advertised that the powdered food additive Sensa enhances food’s smell and taste, making users feel full faster, so they eat less and lose weight, without dieting, and without changing their exercise regime.  The defendants did not have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support these claims
  • failed to disclose the fact that some consumers were compensated for their endorsements of Sensa.  In some instances, compensation included payments of $1,000 or $5,000, and trips to Los Angeles
  • Dr. Hirsch – who conducted two of the studies cited in the ads and wrote a promotional book about Sensa – gave expert endorsements that were not supported by scientific evidence, and provided the means for the other defendants to deceive consumers.  The defendants falsely cited Dr. Hirsch’s studies as clinical proof that consumers could lose substantial weight without dieting or exercise.  The defendants also allegedly misrepresented their role in a third study.

Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said “Resolutions to lose weight are easy to make but hard to keep.  And the chances of being successful just by sprinkling something on your food, rubbing cream on your thighs, or using a supplement are slim to none.  The science just isn’t there.”

The truth is that the science isn’t there for any method of weight loss.  “Eat less and exercise more” has no more scientific basis than sprinkling something on your food.  The chances of all diets working long-term are slim to none.  I’ve listed some research about this at the bottom of this post, but I encourage people to do the research for themselves.  That’s how I ended up practicing Health at Every Size, I had bought into the idea that weight loss was the only path to health and, having failed at so many diets regardless of how hard I tried, I started a massive literature review to find the “best” diet, the one that was successful the most.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there wasn’t a single study where more than a tiny fraction of people had succeeded at long term weight loss, and there was absolutely no study where even a tiny fraction of people had lost as much weight as I was told I needed to lose to be “healthy.”  But I did find good research that showed that, knowing that health is not entirely within our control and that there were no guarantees, behaviors are a much better predictor of future health than body size.

The FTC has developed guidelines for spotting fraudulent weight loss claims, but I think an easy test to know that diet companies are making fraudulent claims is that their lips are moving.  I hope that the FTC keeps going after diet companies, but my true hope is that the companies go out of business because people stop buying what they are selling and spend that sixty billion on something else.  In the meantime I’m happy about this step in the right direction.