Baby’s First Conceptual Art: Fat bodies are the product of capitalism. They represent greed, gluttony, and sloth.
Anybody who has progressed past Banksy levels of “shock” value in art: A statistically large obese population is a symptom of a capitalistic society, yes, but it is extremely important to remember that these ‘fat bodies’ have human beings with minds and feelings and lives behind them, and already face large amounts of medical and social discrimination simply for daring to exist with the wrong body type. This absolute hatred of fat doesn’t leave your beloved ‘skinny bodies’ unscathed, either, as this obsession over body shape has caused absolute epidemics of eating disorders among people of all body types, and especially in children. Additionally, the root causes of a good part of the current ‘obesity epidemic’ doesn’t have its roots in ‘laziness’ or ‘greed’ at all. The cost of living is rising while wages stay the same, and for a lot of people it’s become increasingly harder to gain access to more balanced diets, because of the ever-growing divide in inflation and wages, food deserts, and fast food restaurants offering full meals for only a few dollars while the same ingredients to cook that meal at home is maybe three or four times that, at least. Stress is known to slow the metabolism, physical and psychiactric medical help are still costly to seek, and the constant demonization of overweight figures only serves to create a vicious cycle that further makes it harder to live a stress-free, medically sound life if you’re already overweight. If you really want to cover a topic that’s been done do death incorrectly a million billion times, the way to go about it isn’t to point at the symptom and exclaim loudly that it is evil, but rather, to look at the root of the problem and examine what has happened in our society to cause a demographic shift of this magnitude in such a relatively short amount of time.