Fat Discrimination Costs Us, Mmmmkay?
There is absolutely NO question whatsoever that we face significant discrimination in terms of education, employment and healthcare. More and more and more and more and more and fucking MORE people are publishing articles on this. Now, we also KNOW that stigmatization and discrimination have NEGATIVE health affects. In terms of fat people accessing healthcare and receiving good healthcare, but also in terms of stress and anxiety. Yet people who are making comments about the correlation between "obesity" and "health" almost NEVER acknowledge the effects of SYSTEMIC discrimination on our health.
This brief acknowledgement was my second favorite part of the Nightline Face-Off with Marianne Kirby and Crystal Renn (and Meme Roth and Kim Benson).*
It can also be said if poor people are disproportionately fat and people of color are disproportionately fat, we can count those systems of oppression (and others--ability, gender, etc.) when we think about systemic discrimination and the health of fat people. (Addendum)
*My favorite part was when Marianne said, "I have feet and hips and knees, it's very exciting," in response to MeMe Roth's claim that it's not okay to be fat if you have those body parts (and some others). I laughed so hard it was almost unbearable.