Obesity and Smoking

I’ve seen it way too often among both fatphobes and fat activists. Comparing being fat to smoking. From the fatphobes it’s a clear public health threat and personal health threat that they must educate us on for our own good. From the fat activist point of view it doesn’t matter what the health implications are because it’s our body, our choice, and our health is none of their fucking business. I’ll add that I agree with the fat activists on that point of view. But not when it comes to smoking.

Obesity is not comparable to smoking. Stop it. You see, no one ever got sick from second hand fatness. No one ever had to walk through a cloud of fatness when they wanted a drink at their local bar or on their way into the grocery store. No one ever got a migraine from sitting too close to a fat person. Fat never aggravated a person’s asthma. Pregnant women don’t have to worry about the effects that fat people might have on their unborn child. You see because smoking actually is bad for you… but it’s bad for everyone else too. And when you say that we should treat fat people the same way we treat smokers (presumably by leaving them alone with their personal choices) everyone who gets sick from second hand smoke can take offense to that.

More so, when fat activists compare smoking to being fat it undermines the idea of Health at Every Size by saying “yes, both of these things are horribly unhealthy”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe a person should be allowed to make whatever choices they want to including ones that adversely effect their health whether in a socially acceptable way or not, but if we want people to stop equating fat to health we should probably stop equating it to something like smoking which is not only a choice, and fatness is not for the majority of people, but it’s a choice which hurts others and oneself.

So please, stop comparing smoking to obesity. They’re not even in the same league and, worse, it only reinforces fat stereotypes- the very thing you’re working so very hard to counter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.flopper Gerald Flopper

    You are completely wrong to suggest fat dosnt hurt other people..Fat impinges directly on the rest of society in the strain it puts on our medical services.Treatment of Fat costs our nation somewhere in the region of $140 billion to $150 billion a year and that is a trend set to increase. Fat people, deprive the healthy of this nation an affordable medical service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darali.starscream BJ Stahl

    (jots) Source please.

  • disappoint

    >You see, no one ever got sick from second hand fatness.

    This is where I stopped reading. Ever wonder why a lot of fat parents have fat kids? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not them passing their fat on through genetics, it’s them passing their fat on through lack of knowledge regarding nutrition and exercise.

  • Heather

    ever wonder why parents with blue eyes tend to have kids with blue eyes too? that’s right… it’s because they’re COMMUNISTS!

  • Heather
  • Mel

    you’re quite thick, aren’t you, heather?

  • Mel

    I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said that. I just get angry really easily when people don’t address other people’s points. It’s not a reason to be horrible.

  • http://www.optimacigs.com/starter-kits.html Optima Cigs

    Totally agree, smoking has nothing to do with obesity, they both are different from each other, the habit of smoking is not only dangerous for you but also for other people and also for the environment but that is not the case with being fat.

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