YES YES YES YES!
I’ve been saying just how hideous and manipulative the HAES community is for a long time. Finally, a former insider, who had enough sense to walk away, exposes the shit that goes on in that fucked up echo chamber.
What could have been a worthy movement that encourages people to be active and practice healthy habits no matter what their starting weight is has unfortunately become something that is one of the primary sources of fuel for the Fat Acceptance movement.
I’ve seen this firsthand on Tumblr. Members of the FA/HAES community getting worried and wringing their hands when they lose weight for fear that they will be rejected. Because they’ve been told that weight loss only happens to chemo patients and mythical fairies, they were shocked when whatever new activity they’ve embarked on for health purposes (like biking or walking) resulted in weight loss. It’s like they’ve committed a crime!
And that part about ignoring doctor’s advise is just…I can’t talk about it without seeing red.
Fat Activists get their panties in a bunch when weight loss is recommended as a treatment for their medical ailments. They want pills to soothe whatever is bothering them. Or they want their doctor to wave a magic wand. Anything but weight loss. Their argument is ‘Will you recommend weight loss to a thin person with the same problem??!’
This is why I think you have to be a special kind of stupid to be part of the FA movement.
- I would be STOKED if my doctor tells me my anemia will disappear with weight loss. I hate taking those iron supplements. Or my tinnitus. My recent blood test showed a very slight issue with my thyroid. I excitedly asked the doctor if it could be resolved by weight loss as I am back on the exercise & portion control bandwagon. He said no.
My father had 6 pills removed from his prescription when he lost 15 kgs. Keep in mind, he was still fat. But the lowered weight eased so many problems with his health. My mother’s white blood cell count was back to normal after she did intermitten fasting (She is not a fan of exercise. Her daily energy output is quite low so IF works well for her).
When my dad regained the weight (he is a comfort eater), the pills were back on.
So for people who claim to be against the billion dollar diet industry, they sure are holding up the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. Popping pills is horrible. There are side effects. It fucks with moods and energy levels. It can make you cranky and exhausted within 3 hours of waking up. I can go on and on.
- My father’s 3 thin friends had clogged arteries and had to have stents put in. However, my father’s arteries are not perfect. His doctor told him the clogged percentage of his arteries is climbing.
Now, let’s just say my Dad needs to have a stent put in. Just for discussion sake. His cause of having clogged arteries will be obesity. The cause of his friends having clogged arteries is that they are walking chimneys aka chain smokers. I’ve never seen them without a cigarette. So their doctor will not advise them to lose weight but will advise them to stop smoking.
My point is, there isn’t a single cause of any illness. Obesity is ONE cause. There are a several other causes that can create a medical problem. So, if your cause is obesity, lose the damn weight. It is a much preferred alternative to popping several pills. A thin person’s cause is something else and their doctor will advise them accordingly.
Why is this so hard to understand!