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Anonymous said: As a nurse, what do you think of the Fat Acceptance movement? It sounds good to me as a fat girl but I admit I'm no health expert. Some medical people are for it, some against, you're a cool dude who knows medicine so I wondered what you thought.
It sounds good to me too. (Although I am biased, as I am a cool fat dude who knows medicine.)
Honestly, I don’t even want to bring medical science into it, because I feel like when you do that, you open yourself up to the belief that if anyone can prove that being fat has any negative health effects, then it’s okay to go “MOOOO” at fat people in the street.
When… no. The health effects of being fat are actually pretty mixed, but I don’t even care. Fat people’s right to peaceful existence should not depend on the data being in their favor. The whole thing is just a cover for enforcing standards of social status, beauty, and Correct Female Behavior that have nothing to do with health anyway.
Is being fat healthy? In some ways, but not in others, and anyway measuring people’s lives on a scale of “healthy” to “unhealthy” is terribly imprecise and unhelpful. Is being fat okay? Yes.