As a fat person, I am very much aware of all of the ways the “health” profession tries to turn me into a not fat person.
During my life as a fat person, I was assured that if I did not lose weight I would:
- Never be lovable;
- Be chronically ill and disabled for the remainder of my life; and
- Die young.
None of those things turned out to be true.
They also assured me that diets work.
Another big ass lie.
The evidence has become overwhelming that diets don’t work.
So overwhelming that diet plans have had to re-brand themselves as “wellness plans” or “lifestyle changes”.
Different name, still reeks of the same old bullshit.
As less and less fatties bought into the whole diet thing, the weight loss industry had to find some other way to prop up their numbers.
Enter weight loss surgery.
This sometimes involves mutilating an otherwise healthy organ, and it has the added bonus that it can leave you chronically ill, disabled, or dead!
Sometimes “WLS” includes things like putting a band around a stomach – which is less invasive but also often requires multiple surgeries, digestive issues (like aggressive vomiting! – who knew vomiting could be aggressive? Doesn’t that sound like fun?).
Or you might just swallow a balloon!
What could go wrong with that?
Balloons are happy things!
Balloons in your stomach could kill you.
Not only can it kill fat people, the FDA knew it could kill fat people and still approved the procedure!
Now the FDA is working with the company to try to “fix” the problem – instead of stopping the procedure that is killing fat people.
That’s how much our society and the healthcare industry cares about fat people.
So don’t be surprised if you find fat people have a healthy skepticism about doctors.
Because that whole, “first do not harm” thing seems to not apply so much to fat folks.
And yet – despite all that somehow, we continue to live lives full of love, health, and die old.
(And when I say life of health – I mean that relatively, because ALL people can be subject to illness and/or disability – that is not a fat thing – it’s a people thing!)