The other day, I was reading one of my favourite "fat acceptance" blogs. Yes, I do read fat acceptance blogs. They contain a lot of extremely thoughtful posts on important issues like the debate on universal health care in the States. That example is not something that affects me personally (aside from the fact that some Americans are totally trashing Canada's health care system--something that the vast majority of Canadians of all political stripes hold extremely dear--and repeating vicious and unfounded lies about our system) but it's just an example. I'm also interested in body image and how it's so distorted in our society. While I recognize the problems associated with morbid obesity, I also think our society has gone overboard with ideal body types that are only achievable through PhotoShop or anorexia.
Anyhoo, there I was, reading an interesting post and I really felt the need to respond. My response had nothing to do with weight, it was a response to a political debate. So I pressed the comment button and I was sent to a page where I had to register. On this page, I was told that if I was not welcome to join the community if I had any interest in weight loss and/or had a weight loss blog. Clearly, I was not welcome.
I felt rather miffed, especially since I have personally rejected the whole idea of dieting. I can understand that the fat acceptance crowd feels constantly under attack for not even trying to conform to society's standards. Intellectually, I can understand that they want to build a protective wall around themselves (oh-oh, like a protective wall of fat???) but I was still really bugged. This is not a healthy attitude.
I must say that even though I am an anti-diet weight-loss blogger (I suspect the fat acceptance people would say I'm very confused), I feel much more comfortable with the weight loss blogging community. My readers/fellow bloggers and I aren't necessarily following the same path, but I think that in general we're all striving to just be healthier people. Ultimately, we share the same goal. And I really appreciate the wonderful, supportive comments I receive from you all.
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