Today is Chanuka and Thanksgiving, which apparently coincide once every 78000 years. Do Jews even celebrate Thanksgiving? There is a funny joke about that, yet I digress. Today’s discussion is about fat acceptance, good or bad. Should we encourage people to accept their obesity. Should we embrace them? Are we discriminating if we beg them to get their act together. ? I feel the need to wax poetic after a very large piece of Chanuka/ Thanksgiving pecan pie.
The saga of Maria Kang is a case in point. This busy mother of three small children is famous or perhaps infamous for her facebook pictures and comments such as “look at me,what’s your excuse” Folks call her the “no excuse” fit mom.
In other words, if she can do it so can you. However, Facebook seems to disagree with this approach, and in the last few days they have shut down her page using the reasoning that her view of the overweight can be construed as hate speech. Eventually Facebook restored her page, without the comments.
Which gets to the heart of the matter. Are the overweight ill, in need of treatment? Or are they just big? And in need of acceptance? a few years ago I would have said they need acceptance but today, 70lbs lighter, I am not so certain. It seems to me it’s more like an illness, that is actually treatable, and that the very overweight would be mostly thankful to be relieved of their burden, I know I was.
I don’t see the hate speech thing either. Telling people they can lose weight because you have done it is not discriminatory, its more like “come on folks, if I can do it, so can you” is that so bad? I think acceptance could actually be more dangerous. Look at it this way. If obesity is an illness and we accept it, than people don’t need treatment. Are we than dooming people to shortened lifespans heart disease and disability due to our misguided political correctness?
We love our friends and family whatever they weigh, and I believe Maria has her heart in the right place. Eventually she will be vindicated. At least that’s how I see it.
Anyhow whatever you believe, the candles are burning, and leftovers are safely tucked away. Enjoy the holidays, whatever you celebrate!