A Few Links

Dances With Fat wrote an interesting post on how she’s not wanting to be “the exception”:

I don’t date fat girls, except you.  I would never take a class from a fat aerobics instructor, except  you.  I think of all fat people as lazy, except you.    Plenty of people think that’s a good thing.  I don’t.

It means is that if someone looks at me and I challenge their prejudice, instead of taking a hard look at their prejudice, they instead simply make me different than “all the other fat people”.  That’s not ok and I’m not interested in being the exception.

Meanwhile, Kate Harding’s post Dear Oprah got quoted in an article on Oprah’s weight gain.  They even mentioned Kate & Marianne Kirby‘s upcoming book Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body.   There’s also this tidbit:

A U.S. survey tracking substantial weight loss found that individuals had to do the equivalent of 40 kilometres [25 miles] of walking every week just to maintain any weight loss.

“That’s a pretty big commitment,” says [obesity researcher at the University of Guelph Paula] Brauer. “We really underestimated how much it takes to lose substantial weight and keep it off.

“The big thing, really, is not the food,” she says.  “It’s the degree of physical activity that people have to do to keep the weight off. Most obese people are not overeating,” Brauer stresses.

In the meantime I’m going to get coffee – not sure why the office turns the AC on at 5 every day but it’s cold!

2 thoughts on “A Few Links

  1. It’s on a par with “some of my best friends are gay/black” – it’s an insult. “Not bad for a girl” etc. If I’m OK, I’m OK. If (as has happened) I’m in your car and you lean out the window and abuse a fat person, I’m going to be pissed off. In that particular case, I slapped my friend in the back of the head and he went, “what?! Oh… but I don’t see YOU that way”. *sigh*

  2. It’s like people who look at other fat people and say, “OMGWTFBBQ – HE’S/SHE’S SOOOO FAT!” Then if you say “Well, hey, I’m fat, too!” that same person will turn around, look at you and say, “Oh, but you’re not THAT fat!” or “I don’t think of you as fat!” Open mouth, insert foot.

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