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‘Fat Acceptance Advocates’ Demand Rights

From an approving Reuters:

Obesity becoming U.S. civil rights issue for some

By Edith Honan Edith Honan – Mon Apr 27

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kate Harding has spent most of her life on one diet or another, losing weight but always gaining it back. Determined to improve her quality of life, she joined a fast-growing group of anti-dieting activists promoting overweight people’s civil rights.

Launching an anti-dieting blog called Shapely Prose, Harding and other fat-acceptance advocates online — calling themselves the fat-o-sphere — are also educating one another about how to improve overweight people’s health.

She and other bloggers with names like FatChicksRule and Big Liberty say society’s "war on obesity" makes overweight people hate their bodies and suffer from low self-esteem

Since launching her blog, Harding, who says she is 5 foot 2 inches tall and about 195 pounds (88 kg), says her body image has improved. But she admits wearing a bathing suit in public "can still throw me for a bit of a loop."

Fat-acceptance advocates are starting to organize to promote anti-bias laws, encourage tolerance in health care and the workplace and help retailers recognize the profit potential of catering to plus-size customers.

"People are just beginning to think about being empowered," said Lynn McAfee, director of medical advocacy at the nonprofit Council on Size and Weight Discrimination

Activists say the movement is beginning to amass some victories, from larger seat belts in cars to a decision by the Supreme Court in Canada that obese and disabled people traveling on airplanes can’t be forced to buy a second seat…

The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, a civil rights group formed in 1969, has found new life as fat-acceptance advocates gain force online.

There are now more than 50 fat-acceptance blogs and more than a dozen books promoting the idea, from Linda Bacon’s "Health at Every Size" to Wendy Shanker’s "The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life." There are even romance novels featuring plus-sized characters with names like "Dangerous Curves Ahead." …

There are no U.S. laws prohibiting weight discrimination, and only one state, Michigan, has an anti-weight bias law. Legislatures in Massachusetts and Nevada have taken up size-bias bills, but similar efforts have failed in recent years

According to NAAFA, about 70 percent of overweight and obese women have experienced bias from doctors. Others complain of being turned down by health-insurance companies…

The merits of this cause aside, have you ever noticed how the number of ‘civil rights’ groups seems to be inversely proportionate to the amount of liberty we enjoy?

Meanwhile, it’s hard to see how any group can claim to have any rights when they contribute disproportionately to global warming.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “‘Fat Acceptance Advocates’ Demand Rights”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban

    What kind of response do you think I would get for lighting up a camel in line at McDonalds?

  2. Confucius

    You know what “rights” activists need? A good pill.

    Enough with the protesting, the laws and and thought control. They aren’t going to fix your “issues.” If you don’t want to fix yourself, then see a therapist (or a pharmacist). And above all, do shut up.

    I don’t care.

  3. proreason

    When free-farters, child molesters and mass murders begin demanding their rights, will the country finally understand the reason intelligent people want to use the Constitution as the law of the land?

    Not that I have anything against fat people wanting to have a good life. I could lose a pound or two myself. But I can just see where it leads. A complete overhaul of the entire infrastructure to widen aisles, widen airplane seats, stengthen bannisters, revamp medical care, strengthen elevators, eliminate stairways, ad nauseum.

    Soon, affirmative action for overeaters. Reparations for the children of obese parents.

  4. curvyred

    How will this coincide with the lefties who blame fat people for a disproportionate amount of global warming?

    What to do, what to do?

  5. Liberals Demise

    Kate Harding says she’s 5′ 2” and 195 lbs.
    She also states that her body image has improved but she admits that wearing a bathing suit in public “can still throw me for a bit for a loop”.

    What a picture that image paints!!
    Don’t loiter around the waters edge at the beach here in N.C. cupcake. People here will try to roll you back into the water.

    Lay off the jelly donuts or get a permit to zone a zeppelin.

    I don’t remember seeing this right in the Bill of Rights.

    Push yourselves away from the table and waddle away, for Gods sake!!

  6. oki2

    I can’t WAIT until these fat-accepting peoples try to fit into their fuel-efficient uhh tiny little pregnant roller skate cars (thanks jobeth for that description). I imagine that they will sue the car makers for not taking into account their impressive girths in designing their vehicles. Soon the auto makers will have to double fuel efficiency while designing cars two times their current size. (oops, yeah, roller skate, edited, thanks JohnMG)

    • JohnMG

      I think jobeth’s statement was ‘pregnant roller skate’, but irregardless your point is taken. What if they introduce a 3/4 ton model that runs on passenger-generated methane? Perpetual motion? ;-}

  7. BatK

    I was just amused by the picture SG chose… Michael Moore or Al Gore also come to mind

  8. Warmonger Infidel

    “Self-esteem”, “Empowered”, blah, blah, blah; all the typical buzzwords of the left. Somehow, someway, these new civil rights victims will cost us money. Bet on it.

    Oh, and at 5-2/195 you would have to paint a stripe on her to know if she’s walking or rolling. If she claims “about 195″ you can be sure it’s more like 225. What a bunch of morons looking for a free lunch.

  9. Trogdor

    Aren’t all these fat lefties supposed to bow at the alter of the state? And wouldn’t the state be better served with Diet and Exercise?! On your kneeees, serfs!

  10. GetBackJack

    I see fat people.

    Listen Rosie, there’s a cure. it’s called hCG. In 45 days you can have the slim trim body of Kelly Ripa, I (blank) thee not. I personally know eleven people who’ve used Dr. ATW Simeons protocol through hCG and Rosie, the good part is YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO EXERCISE. They each lost between 35 and 55 pounds and not a pound has ever come back. The fat just leaves. Of course, you may have to do this in three courses with your astonishing size, but at around $199 a course, heck even you’ve got that much money.

    There’s no way in Hollyweird you haven’t been made aware of this 50 year old ‘secret’ treatment. So, fat … for you … turns out to be a choice. An OMG, my eyes, my eyes choice. And that, dear poopy-mouth, says everything about what’s going on inside you. It’s so effing messed up medical dictionaries don’t have a vocabulary for it.

    • proreason

      “It’s so effing messed up medical dictionaries don’t have a vocabulary for it.”

      GetBack….the name for it is liberalism.




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