Blogging for “Fat” People

In the Fatosphere, Big Is in, or at Least Accepted

ON THE INTERNET Blogs that celebrate a larger girth and call for fat acceptance include bfdblog.com, top; fatgrrl.com, middle; and therotund.com.

By RONI CARYN RABIN
Published: January 22, 2008

For years, health experts have been warning that Americans are too fat, that we exercise too little and eat too much, that our health is in jeopardy.

Some fat people beg to differ.

Blogs written by fat people — and it’s fine to use the word, they say — have multiplied in recent months, filling a virtual soapbox known as the fatosphere, where bloggers calling for fat acceptance challenge just about everything conventional medical wisdom has to say about obesity.

Smart, sassy and irreverent, bloggers with names like Big Fat Deal, FatChicksRule and Fatgrrl (“Now with 50 percent more fat!”) buck anti-obesity sentiment. They celebrate their full figures and call on readers to accept their bodies, quit dieting and get on with life.

The message from the fatosphere is not just that big is beautiful. Many of the bloggers dismiss the “obesity epidemic” as hysteria. They argue that Americans are not that much larger than they used to be and that being fat in and of itself is not necessarily bad for you.

And they reject a core belief that many Americans, including overweight ones, hold dear: that all a fat person needs to do to be thin is exercise and eat less….

more at article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/health/22fblogs.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

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2 Responses to “Blogging for “Fat” People”

  1. While I do believe that we should except people for who they are, I am not in favor of saying that obesity is healthy. As one of the many Americans who are obese I feel that this is not a good thing. We as a nation need to start eating healthier and exercising more. Its one thing to say that you should love your body, but its another thing to show that body that you love it and start taking care your it.

  2. The term “fat acceptance” is a mis-nomer. If it were merely about not picking of fat people there would be no issue.

    But the Fat Acceptance movement is about glorifying obesity, or in other words “real women” are sexier than skinny chicks.

    Fat Acceptance also preaches a dangerous message that fat does not pose a serious health risk by denying MOUNTAINS OF data that proves otherwise.

    What is worse the blogs (Aunt Fattie) advice people to eat what ever they want (intuitive eating) and get as big as they want (genetic setpoint) This is denial of epic proportions.

    I run a blog called unfatblog.wordpress.com where we cover the fat acceptance movement in depth and expose them for what they are.

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