Nothing good ever comes of violence.

~ Martin Luther ~

Fat…Guilty or Innocent?

February 12th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 48 secs

Can you have innocent pleasure in eating what you like?

Come clean. Did you raid the fridge repeatedly last night, stuffing yourself with plate after plate of need to keep leftovers? No? I didn’t think so. You’re innocent. But try telling that to the fat police.

Who are they? Sadly, they are us. All of us. Being overweight has collected a culture of blame and failure. As if eating was being naughty, and fat is paying you back.

Vested interests everywhere have been cashing in on the fat attack for years. Don’t dare to innocently question why diets don’t work, and gyms need to offer discount deals. The weight loss machine is on a roll. So unless your bony bits are showing, you better suck in your folds.

Despite thousands of books about losing weight being written, their long-term effect is minimal. Experts, and all those who want to be, declare if you want to lose weight eat less and exercise more. Simple. Meaning if you’re still overweight it’s all your fault. After all, with a weakness in self-control how can you be innocent? Yet how come, decades of this advice, and all the piles of books, diets, and programs have basically proved fruitless?

Maybe guilt and weight gain aren’t a match after all.  Maybe, just maybe, we’re missing it, and the overweight are innocent. After all, if the cure for treating cancer was this ineffective there’s no way we’d accept it. Nor would we mock people, even if it was self-inflicted.

A growing field of experts is now realizing the weight maintenance mechanism is more complex than it looks. This, combined with a radical decline in the amount of fresh food consumed in the last few decades is behind widespread trends in weight gain. So far from being a matter of being guilty or innocent, there are bigger issues at play. That’s why I believe our focus needs to be on more substantial things, like wellbeing and personal respect for each other as people.

Being overweight may not be desirable but it’s not the main game. Realizing we are far more than flesh is a sign of insight, maturity, and acceptance. After all, real people not only come in a range of sizes, but with a wide variety of qualities and identity. Flesh prejudice just doesn’t make sense.



That’s my take, but what do you think?  Do you feel innocent about gaining weight, or does it always come with guilt? From your own point of view, what kind of impact is this culture having on our kids?


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