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Old 12-29-2017, 06:47 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by wrestlingguy View Post
Not that I want this discussion to turn into perceptions of health of fat people (because the rest of the thread is fascinating in many ways), but I am a big proponent of contemporary research that being fat isn't as unhealthy as one would think. I constantly look for studies that support this, and while it takes some work, the reality is that most of those studies are blown off as "pseudo science", despite the fact that some of the research comes not only from some quality research institutions, but from all areas of the world. The problem is that it's so revolutionary that most people simply blow it off as fat people trying to convince themselves that being fat is okay (which it should be).
I have seen a lot of that (being a research guy myself,) and another thing I've seen with regard to those studies is great, big, heaping helpings of "moving the target." A scientist will release a study, challenging the common conceptions about fatness, and right away, someone will pipe in "We shouldn't take this to mean we should sit around eating bonbons all day!"

Nothing about the study said that we should, and by shifting the topic off of fatness, and onto eating habits, the mainstream scientist can look as though they're right, without actually challenging anything that the study showed.

The problem is that the general public is still laboring under the popular-level misconception that eating habits and weight are one and the same issue, and they are not. By moving the target in this way, these scientists only encourage this misconception to continue, contributing to further ignorance of these topics, which translates into more suffering of innocent people just trying to live their lives on the ground.

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And for this reason alone (there are others as well), we need fat acceptance, and while I agree doesn'e exist as we knew it when Bill Fabrey created NAAFA back in 1969, is probably needed now more than ever, thanks to trolls & internet bullies that still bleed over into real life.
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