Over the past few weeks I have heard from far too many venues this whole ordeal over the good fatty / bad fatty dichotomy and how ‘bad fatties’ feel as though they are not part of the fat acceptance community because they don’t live a Health at Every Size (aka HAES) lifestyle. This has made me feel it is yet again crucial to speak out for people who feel this movement is inclusive to only the ‘perfect fatties’ and that it does not include all people.
This movement is not for only the largest among us, follows HAES to a T fatty, or the ‘I’m in a relationship to disprove that myth fatty’. This is not a health movement or a ‘prove that we are socially (morally, financially or otherwise) acceptable movement.’
This is a movement about the basic and fundamental civil rights that all people deserve, something that has been stripped away from fat people due to fat phobia and discriminatory practices on an individual, cultural and institutional basis.
If we persist in making it a point to only dispel myths about fatness and not talk about the core issues at hand then we will continue to make certain individuals feel as though they are not part of the movement. Those core issues that we need to talk about have gone at the wayside to talk about issues that this movement is not about.
We should be holding strong and demanding that all states have non-discrimination laws that stop businesses from discriminatory weight based hiring and pay practices, push for all people to only support businesses that carry a wide range of clothing sizes and are priced equally, educated the public and the medical field not only about HAES but as a tool to show the inequalities that fatties face in the doctors office, and most importantly work to stop the social bias against fat people by showing how it effects people of all shapes and sizes.
If we stopped talking about us and talk about society as a whole we would find that fatness is a lot easier and a more widely approachable topic. If we can do that then I think we would stop letting our opposition win by not talking about the issues that matter.