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.


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?”

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 :*(

Western understandings of breast cancer are primarily shaped both by neo-liberal, individual-oriented approaches to health and illness and by ‘consumer-led’ health movements. In this ‘healthist’ context, diagnosis of breast cancer typically marks a crisis in women’s lives, which may prompt them to account for the development of the illness and reposition themselves as self-governing individuals who have control over their health and who can manage future ‘risks’. We present a thematic discourse analysis of interviews conducted in 2012 with 27 women across Australia who have had breast cancer. Using the lenses of ‘healthism’ and ‘risk management’ in this analysis, we identified a cultural discourse of ‘individual responsibility and empowerment’. Women utilised this discourse while ‘accounting’ for their illness by engaging in ‘health talk’ and ‘risk talk’. While many women emphasised the shock of the diagnosis in light of having been ‘always healthy’, others expressed the inevitability of ‘risk’ on the basis of individual behaviours or genetic history. This discourse provided women one way to explain and make sense of their illness, potentially enabling them to cope with the fear and uncertainty of breast cancer. Drawing on this discourse, women could also position themselves in socially desirable and empowered ways as responsible health consumers, as self-governing and as taking responsibility in dealing with the illness and remaining vigilant for recurrence. We discuss how this neo-liberal approach can be empowering, but also has the effect of positioning women as primarily responsible for managing their health and their illness.