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Old 11-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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I happened on this blog tonight, and wanted to share it, as it has a unique take on fat acceptance, and why in fact the fat bashers should be supporting it.

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“Fat acceptance” blogs urging overweight people to shed negative feelings about their body image can lead to healthier diet and exercise choices, a study has found.

The fat acceptance movement, which seeks to foster a support network among overweight people, has inspired a plethora of blogs and web forums such as Corpulent, Fat Heffalump and The Rotund — an online community that’s become known as the “fatosphere”.

In a study published in the journal Qualitative Health Research, researchers from Monash University, the University of New England and the University of Canberra interviewed 44 fatosphere bloggers from Australia, the US and the UK about how their involvement in the movement had changed them.

“There’s been a lot of criticism of the movement that it promotes obesity and encourages people to give up on weight loss and makes their health worse,” said one of the researchers, Dr Samantha Thomas, a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University’s Department of Marketing.

“We saw there was a lot of opinion about the movement but very few people had actually studied it.”

Interviews with the respondents revealed many had experienced feelings of worthlessness, shame, crash diets, cycles of starvation and binge eating and laxative abuse before discovering the fatosphere.

“Having that support and feeling empowered, people slowly found that their health behaviours began to change dramatically. For example, many people suddenly felt confident to do swimming, something they would not have done before,” she said.

“People shifted their focus away from weight loss and more toward health. A lot of people started to take part in physical activity not as a way to lose weight but because they enjoyed it. Instead of pounding it out on the treadmill they start playing with their kids. It’s actually a massive shift in the way they looked at things.”

Shifting the focus away from restricting food and toward listening to the body’s needs could also lead to better food choices, said Dr Thomas.

“There are actually a lot of lessons for public health here,” she said.

“The term fat acceptance is really confronting for people. That’s why we have seen a lot of blame and criticism. Society tells us it’s not OK to be fat for a whole bunch of moral and medical reasons,” she said.

“This study shows that far from promoting obesity and promoting negative health behaviours, the movement is really positive for some people’s health.”

So basically, if fat-bashers actually cared about people’s health (as they so often claim to as an excuse for their intolerance and hatred) then they’d actually support fat acceptance instead of trying to tear body-positive folks down?

Checkmate.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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this is why we need to have more situations where we get to meet these people. we can change some folks.
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This is an absolutely fascinating article. This is wonderful news. Let us spread the word and change people's hearts and minds.
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The only problem is that some people will always be haters.
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I think like anything the more empowered you feel the happier and healthier you are in general

I also think that this is a great study because it is needed.

Though the only flaw I see is until Doctors and Society realise that not only one body type exisists and we will never all be carbon copy thin people that all shapes and sizes can be healthy then it is still going to be an issue.

As for the haters well they are going to exist no matter what but when that hate becomes something that is no longer tolerated they have to learn a new way to behave which is not such a bad thing.
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The only problem is that some people will always be haters.
I agree, and I posted this study almost tongue in cheek (which I believe that Weirdo890 detected).

The fact is however, that fat shaming in many cases have almost the opposite effect than what the person engaging in the shaming is looking for in results. Take a few moments to read the entire study on PLOS ONE that researched perceived weight discrimination and its effects:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:...l.pone.0070048

Here's the short version of the study......"Among participants who were not obese at baseline, those who reported weight discrimination were approximately 2.5 times more likely to be obese by follow-up than those who did not report weight discrimination."

So, since fat bashing tends to have the opposite effect on fat people, would it be totally out of the question to say that by reducing or limiting fat shaming in the lives of the obese, that weight loss might be possible?

Hey, at least it might shut them up for a while.
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