Hey everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some of the holiday traditions that are coming up soon so we can be a little more knowledgeable about the people around us. I’ll start with the closest ones and move chronologically.
Most countries seem to have their outrageously, shockingly, unpleasant, bigoted media whores. In the US, it’s Ann Coulter; in New Zealand, it’s Liz Shaw; and here in the UK, we have Katie Hopkins. Lucky us.
Trigger warning: Maria Kang is an asshole.
A lot of people have spoken about Maria Kang and her apparent anti-fat stance. Here at FFF we’ve had two posts about it by Gingeroid. As it turns out, Gingeroid’s first post appears to more accurately represent Kang’s views than the second, if you read this recent vent she posted publicly on her Facebook page on November 22 (text cut in it’s entirety, all grammar or spelling mistakes the original author’s):
I can be a bit of a picky eater due to food texture issues, so when a good friend of mine made this recipe, it took me a bit to even try it… but it was love at first bite!
Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss recommendations and weight loss surgery.
This article on Yahoo! news and this one on MedPage Today had me laughing and crying at the same time. I mean, really, since when have doctors not been telling their patients that they’re fat and need to lose weight?
The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.
I’m really sad.
You guys, I think we’re being too hard to Lululemon. I mean, sure, their stores are accused of hiding its size 10 and 12 “fatty” pants in the back of the store. Yes, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson diverted blame for the recall of his see-through pants by telling Bloomberg News the problem is “really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, and how much they use it.” And yes, Wilson said that he named the company Lululemon because he thought it would be funny to hear Chinese people say it. But are those reasons good enough to boycott a company?
Many fat people are familiar with the “if you would just cook your own food, you wouldn’t be so fat!” theme of body policing; this idea that if we would just get off our lazy asses and get into the kitchen our problem (that of being fat) would be solved. Yes, eating home-cooked meals is generally healthier than eating fast food or take-out, and eating at the table as a family — whatever that looks like to you — is helpful to everyone in various ways, fat or thin. But it probably didn’t occur to many of the Body Police to ask “Hey, do you even know HOW to cook?”