Fat-shaming is an interesting oxymoron but unfortunately we live in a society where common sense and self-perception is a triggering subject amongst some people. From 2008 over 35% of people over 20 are considered overweight. 3/5 of overweight people are women and shockingly almost half of the child population in Europe is also considered obese.
The numbers are shocking. In 2008 when the European Association for the Study of Obesity released these figures, they were on an upwards trend and showed no signs of falling soon. Today, obesity costs more than the war on terror, with the UK government spending upwards of £47bn a year trying to fight the obesity crisis. In 2007, just before the EASO report was released, government spending was just over £15bn.
The cost has TRIPLED.
So today, especially on University campuses, online and an ever-growing section of wider society, obesity is becoming less of a health issue and more of a cultural norm. As a country we made the decision in around the same year as the EASO report to ban smoking in pubs and inside buildings, we’ve recently banned it in cars when children are present. We’ve raised tax on cigarettes to the point where more money goes to the NHS than into the pockets of the manufacturers. Yet obesity has had a free ride and practically a blank cheque as far as how much the tax payer foots the bill for other people’s negative life choices.
It’s bad to smoke yourself to an early grave, but give that guy a break who’s eating himself to one!
We are now told that obesity is a lifestyle choice, that shaming people the same way we shame smokers with pictures of unborn babies in coffins on fag packets is offensive. Obesity has become a taboo subject for the wrong reasons because so many people are increasingly obese. It’s almost like when smoking in public became a famous past-time, it became an untouchable subject. It became a multi-billion pound profit maker because everyone did it and no one had the self-control to say no. “If she’s like that then I must be okay to be like that too.”
Healthy women release pictures in bikinis talking about how perfectly slim they are, advertising companies ask if you’re ‘beach body ready’, perfectly aspirational figures are advertised in the media and in clothing outlets. However, the internet rises up in a tirade of abuse against it, college campuses deface and drive out fat-shamers for triggering their hurt feelings.
It’s called a dose of reality.
Fat people are typically unmotivated to become less so, they have inflicted on themselves a severe lack of confidence and they expect others to pick them up and take responsibility for their weight. This onslaught online over ‘fat-shaming’ is unbelievable. It is not a right to send yourself to an early grave, it is not a right to protest against ‘ideal’ images of women just because you don’t look like them and it reminds you how unhealthy you are. It shouldn’t upset you that ‘unrealistic expectations’ are set, sure get rid of photoshop, but don’t harass the models because they’re thin, healthy and watch their weight.
Having a thin body is not what is conventionally deemed attractive, it is attractive. It is healthy and it is right. It should be attractive to all people who are overweight to be thinner. It is not another ‘convention’ for feminists to rip apart, it’s how the human body should look. If you are overweight you have an increased chance of dying from a disease, harming your mental health, your self-esteem and shortening your life expectancy. That is not the case when you are a healthy size, it cannot be argued that being fat is a choice.
People who make choices that harm themselves are usually given help, but not in the case of obesity. This is the case despite the seemingly bottomless pit of NHS funding that could be diverted to genuine illness. Almost half of the population is overweight and soon enough, if people do not speak out, obesity will be completely acceptable in our society. Weight-watchers will be classed as a fat-shaming, anti-feminist organisation and the people who will suffer the consequences will as usual never be the SJW living with their parents studying a Liberal Arts degree, but their family and the tax payer.