Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with messages about our bodies: thin is in, and we’re expected to either be thin or aspire to be thin. The main stream media is obsessed with our (current or potential) fatness. We’re warned about all the health problems supposedly caused by obesity: diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Obviously, thin people never get these illnesses. Obviously, if a thin person DOES get these illnesses, they are not at fault, and deserve the best of the best healthcare available. If a fat person gets these illnesses, they should be shamed and told to lose weight, suspending standard treatment protocols used for thin people. Sound bites from MSM outlets quote research, but the sound bites are so far removed from the reality of the actual research, we don’t actually learn anything from them, and we’ll NEVER learn how much of that research is actually funded by the $60 billion diet industry. (Hint: most of it.)
We need to take weight out of the equation, and talk HEALTH (and healthcare) for EVERYONE. The criteria for defining a person as overweight is far from scientific. Body Mass Index (BMI) has been known by researchers to be complete bunk for a long time, and even when people say “well yeah, BMI isn’t that good, but fat is bad!” there’s no defined line between “fat” and “thin.” It’s like pornography: We can’t define it, but we know it when they see it. By our current (BMI) standards, a whopping two thirds of the population is overweight (logic check: over WHAT weight?) so of course it’s going to look like we’ve got some “epidemic” of fatness.
When you look at the numbers, it’s been shown that there are more fat poor people than fat rich people. There are more fat black people than fat white people, and we already know there are more poor black people than poor white people. These groups already have less access to healthcare, and the healthcare they do get is more likely to be tainted by racial, socioeconomic, and size bias (among plenty of other biases experienced in the exam room). People are going to procrastinate getting seemingly minor symptoms examined by a doctor if the mere act of going to a doctor is financially and emotionally abusive, until the problems are too large to ignore and the window of potentially successful preventative care has passed. A self-fulfilling prophecy is born: fat people get sick.
Fat people are paid less than thin people and are less valued in the work force. This increases a fat person’s basic life stress everyone lives with in our society, stress that’s well known to factor into the same health problems MSM loves to blame on the mere presence of body fat. That doesn’t matter, though, because the pharmaceutical and medical device industries have plenty of very expensive treatment options that’ll fix you right up: if you just pay them more and more money for the rest of your life. Obviously if you can’t pay, or if it doesn’t work, then you must not want to get better, you fatty.
We need to care as much for the 100-pound person who doesn’t have access to healthy food and healthy movement as much as we pretend to care for the 300-pound person who doesn’t have access to healthy food and healthy movement, and it’s time to stop faulting people for their situations and start providing equal healthcare to all citizens. The “shame on you, fatty!” approach isn’t working for fat people OR thin people. It’s only working for the diet industry, the insurance industry, the healthcare industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the cheap-but-edible-food-like-substance industry…. The same industries controlling our government and our media that are keeping us unhealthy and uninformed in an attempt to keep us docile and subservient.
A government run by corporate puppets is never going to serve the people, and the people will never benefit in the long term, no matter how it’s framed in the short term. Citizens will continue to get sicker, and become easier to control, if we don’t get the corporate greed out of our government.