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Why It’s Okay to Be Fat Review (TED Talk)

Why It’s Okay to Be Fat Review: Golda of Body Love Wellness gave a TEDx talk called, “Why It’s Okay to Be Fat,” which you can watch below.

Golda did such a wonderful job explaining why dieting is harmful and why body shaming is harmful. Her solution: instead of weight loss, why not focus on healthful behaviors? Contrary to popular belief, focusing on healthful behaviors is more healthful for people of all sizes than attempting to lose weight. [see here for evidence-based research]

It is a reality check for me to read through the video comments and see the horrible and disheartening comments left by innumerable people exhibiting these common misconceptions EVEN after hearing Golda give such a well-researched talk:

Misconceptions:

1) Fat (however this person defines it) cannot be compatible with health.

Truth: Fat can absolutely be compatible with health. We have reputable evidence to prove that overweight and even class 1 obesity can be fully compatible with health AND even protective in clinical cases. Did you know that overweight bodies have lower rates of mortality than normal weight (by BMI standards) across the board?! Did you know the underweight population, while a very small group, actually have the same # of deaths combined as do obese people? But you won’t hear people rallying against our underweight population. Why? [more on this to come in my documentary; for now, watch Dr. Saguy’s talk on why we frame fatness as a crisis when it’s much more complex than that & question perhaps ask if obesity is the peppered moth of the mobile age]

If you are looking for an evidence-based way to live healthfully, I recommend the Health At Every Size(R) approach.

2) We should all strive to be thin because that is what is attractive.

Truth: “Attractive” is malleable, political and usually steeped in sexist, classist and racist contingencies. Thinness has not always been considered the pinnacle of attraction (this is actually a rather recent phenomenon). What is attractive is usually tied to economics. Thin is currently revered in the U.S. because it’s a sign of status & privilege (whereas, elsewhere, it’s a sign of poverty and rotund bodies are revered). Also, keep in mind then that thin does not inherently equal healthy  and that the pursuit of thinness is, arguably, never healthy (should we diet, become disordered eaters and/or hate ourselves thin? That would not be healthy!); “beautiful” does not inherently = healthy. And, lastly, we have not found a healthful and sustainable way to make fat bodies thin (yes, there are some outliers).

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