WTF FA BLOGGERS?-"Healthism"

A new series called WTF FA BLOGGERS calls out FA Bloggers (with a special showcase of  thisisthinprivilege ) for their direct ignorance

“Healthism,” is a term bounced around by FA blogs, particularly thisisthinprivilege (TITP). It is not a widely used term in the actual scientific community nor does it really mean anything. The FA bloggers use it as a catch-all term for people who are concerned with fitness and health, As they see ANY encouragement of proper diet and exercise as either 1. being “fatphobic” 2. encouraging fat people to develop EDs

A Google search of “is healthism an actual thing?” yields an entire first page of ENTIRELY blog posts, the majority of them from FA blogger artetolife/thisisthinprivilege/bigliberty and others.

An ask in their blog asked a question, “How fat is too fat?” To a blog that is all about HAES and no fat people ever have health problems talk, its an important and valid question to ask. Is someone who is 150 pounds overweight just as healthy as someone who is 5 pounds overweight (we on this blog obviously know the answer)? This was artetolife’s response:

You’re a fucking healthist if you believe this. Healthism is a value system, not science. Stop conflating the two. If you knew anything about the actual science behind why people are very fat you’d realize that it has fuckall nothing to do with you nor does it mean they a) can b) should c) haven’t tried to lose weight.

Eloquent.

ATL claims to be a scientist but never cites her own work or other specific research studies. She is not a nutritionist. Again, she is NOT a nutritionist. I am not denying that there are some people who are obese based on serious health conditions, but the MAJORITY of them are not. 70% of adults in America are at least overweight. That is not all genetics.

Other posts in the “healthism,” tag include posts about doctors suggesting weight loss, people judging fat people on their eating habits, not getting a job, a fitness blog about yoga, being ignored at a family reunion, complaining that thin people eat junk food constantly, getting cavities from poor diet choices AND GAME OF THRONES.

Game. Of. Thrones.

Someone tell me what the f those posts have to do with anything?

Any and all weight loss/healthy diet suggestions or denying specific privilege to fat people is “healthist,” by FA blogger standards. They believe if you eat well, lose weight etc or are a physician who recommends weight loss you just hate fat people, know that the “science is fake,” and just want all fat people dead. If you think I’m exaggerating, just check out some blogs.

It’s funny as well, as many posters on TITP in particular say that they “eat healthy,” “eat better than my thin friends,” and “exercise all the time.” It seems that many of their SUPPORTERS would actually be healthists then, right? Many of them claim to be athletic, yet those posts are praised. Why is it only when a thin/average person suggests they eat well or exercise are they condemned as “healthists?”

(Mod note: Sorry if this seems rambling. I was so angry)

Am I transabled?

So I was at the hospital for a doctor’s appointment (a deeply healthist, abelist, and sizeist patriarchal construct, but that’s a tale for another day) when I found myself panting and out of breath after climbing the stairs to my doctor’s office. I found myself eying the wheelchair ramp, and thinking how much less ableist and healthist it is. I began to realize that I should be able to use it instead of the patriarchal construct that is stairs. I’ve never been in a wheelchair, but have used the motorized rascals that some stores provide and have a much easier time of shopping. This all makes me think that maybe my body was meant to be differently-abled. Are there any transabled womyn with similar experiences to mine? Can I get a wheelchair proscribed for me, or will I be thwarted by the healthist, ableist “doctors?”

Thin privilege story #826439

Today i was at the bakery buying cupcakes when the girl behind the counter asked if i would like to taste their new low-fat cupcakes.

I was so shocked, i almost threw up at the sight of her bigoted, healthist fat shaming words. I am extremely triggered by words like “diet”, “low-fat”, and “salad”. They are disgusting words that should be banned, worse than “rape”, and “genocide”.

I told her that my weight condition wasnt because of my eating habits- calories are myth purported by the illuminati- and that she shouldn’t be trying to police my habits, and that she was a thin privileged cunt that probably whored it up in the streets at night.

I then smacked her across the face with my copy of Linda Bacon’s Health at Every Size and stormed off, only having bought a dozen cupcakes- half of my usual amount.

Thin privilege is being able to buy 2 dozen cupckaes without thin whores trying to shame you by saying words like “low-fat”

Ichiro's headmate is up to his man-animal games again

UGH. Ichiro’s fucking fitspo headmate Chip has been raping our headspace again with his filthy man-animal self! Worst of all, he’s back to his fat shaming ways. He even had the nerve to ask if he could front the body to “go jogging” and “do pushups.” I told the disgusting man-animal that he doesn’t know anything but rape, and I will not allow him to assault other womyn with the body. Chip is out to erase my transfat identity and put an end to my fat activism! If he had his way, we would be doing what the healthist, sizeist bigots at the doctors office keep ordering us to do like they were fucking nazis or something! I won’t lose weight! THERE IS NO LINK BETWEEN OBESITY AND HEALTH! FUCK YOU CHIP, YOU CAN’T BRAINWASH ME WITH YOUR MANSPLAINING!! I’ve been researching headmate removal here on Tumblr, but haven’t been able to find a way to get rid of Chip. I’m thinking of just shoving a really long needle up my nose and poking the part of the brain where Chip lives. Does anyone have any experience getting rid of troublesome headmates? Please, Ichiro and I fear for the body’s fat and phantom fat :*(

I’m unfollowing people who promote highly negative or just plain wrong messages about bodies.

I just saw that picture with the hamburger and the pepsi logo turned into fat people stating “You are what you eat” fly by my dash.  

Oops, thin people never eat hamburgers, drink soda, or eat ice cream or cake or cookies.  My thin roommates definitely aren’t eating an entire tub of cookies right now.  You’re right, you are definitely what you eat.  Is that why I look like an apple?!  Oops, wait, apples are healthy, but why would I compare someone’s ~*~healthy~*~ body to something healthy?

Bunch of mini rants

The number one thing I hate about searching for alternatives to foods I know aren’t the best for me is that there’s always some kind of morality/value judgement/healthist bullshit in the comments when i find a question.

And like, I know that I’m just going to have to deal with comments like “In the age of value meals and 1500 calorie burgers I’m amazed to see someone worried about the health risks of V-8. kudos.” when I’m searching for something like that… but it still fucking drives me crazy that I need to prepare myself for that bullshit when all I want is the info that I’m after.

Secondly I know there is a neighbor that is doing SOMETHING outside that makes it smell like febreeze.  I don’t know which neighbor it is, or what specifically they are doing, but 2 nights in a row now plus once last week I’ve had the window open and this overwhelming perfumey febreezey (like the original febreeze scent) smell wafts inside and makes me choke and I have to close the window.

Slightly better but also really fucking annoying is the wood smoke smell that comes in later in the evening.  I hate being sensitive/possibly allergic to so many smells.  I really do.


THIRD THING:  Why is seafood so fucking expensive?  I mean, shrimp, okay, that’s not too bad and most of the buffet places even use it in their menu but any kind of shellfish or fish that isn’t salmon/tilapia is nearly impossible to find.  And like right now there’s a place uptown that’s having “Crabfest” but their cheapest fucking entree is like $40 and it ends on the 7th anyway so I won’t be able to partake because we’re probably going to delay our Bday dinner until next paycheck anyway.

I know that half the problem is that we’re in the middle of Montana- not exactly seafood country, and that we’re also super sparsely populated but ugh what I wouldn’t give for a Red Lobster (which is still higher-end than most places we go but isn’t so high end that it breaks the fucking bank) within reasonable driving distance (I’d drive up to 2 hrs for a day trip JUST for a red lobster but the closest one is like 5 hrs or something RIDIC).

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