Worth Your Weight

March 16, 2008

I Can Make You Privileged

Filed under: fat acceptance — worthyourweight @ 8:30 pm

Secrets of the naturally male …

Secrets of the naturally white …

Secrets of the naturally straight …

Coming soon to the TLC channel?

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11 Comments

  1. Secrets of the naturally pretty …
    Secrets of the naturally rich …
    Secrets of the naturally smart and athletic …

    It goes on forever, doesn’t it?

    Comment by juliafaye — March 16, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  2. While he’s making everyone thin, can that host also make himself not so much of a narcissistic asshole?

    Comment by Rachel — March 16, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  3. juliafaye,
    Well, I think everyone can be pretty, smart, and athletic in different ways. (E.g., the seven different types of intelligence.) Rich? I think that’s pretty much genetic ;)
    Not everyone can be male, white, straight.

    Rachel,
    LOL!

    Comment by worthyourweight — March 17, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  4. I’ll probably regret giving this as much positive feedback after the next episodes air showcasing more fat-bashing and pseudoscience, but…this show is airing on my TV right now while I do other things, so I admit I haven’t been watching it with rapt attention, but it’s not as hokey as I thought it would be. This premiere episode seems to be focused on what I would consider to be in line with intuitive eating patterns: eat what you want when you want, stop when you’re full, listen to your body. I was prepared to be outraged about a lot of things, but beyond the before/after “You’re soooooo much better now that you’ve dropped a lot of weight” garbage; really, it wasn’t that offensive in the grand scheme of condescendingly delivered weight loss prescriptives. It actually would have been just fine if there were no stated weight loss goal–he even told people at the end to stop thinking about their weights and to stop weighing themselves regularly, though of course this message is inconsistent with the numbers waving done earlier.

    Comment by R — March 17, 2008 @ 12:11 am

  5. Yep, R, I was on board also for his first two steps. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when full. Eat what you like/want, not what you think you “should.” That’s all great stuff. Intuitive eating. Then he says, “Eat consciously.” Again, not bad. It’s nice to savor food. BUT he adds, “Thin people eat whatever they want, just not in excess.” That’s bull. I know I’m beating a dead horse, but thin people overeat, too.

    Comment by worthyourweight — March 17, 2008 @ 1:31 am

  6. Actually, I have come to believe that saying people ‘overeat’ is as judgmental & meaningless as ‘overweight’. I wish that there were no value judgments about weight, or eating. We are naturally supposed to be a wide range of sizes & different people naturally eat different amounts & most of us eat more at times than at others. I am no expert on eating disorders, but I really feel that there are fewer people who have them,especially ‘compulsive overeating’, than we are led to believe, & that this culture is obsessed with weighing & measuring not only EVERYONE but EVERYTHING & with setting limits on what is ‘right’. I have certainly known more than a few thin people who could & did regularly eat two or three times as much as I do, as well as people twice my size who ate considerably less, but I don’t feel as if any of us need to be demonized based on what we eat. Eating what you really want, not what you THINK you want & eating when you hungry & allowing yourself to eat until you are comfortably full are great ideas & that is how I eat & I don’t need to help some narcissistic asshole make a fortune off telling me so.

    However you look at it, it still comes back to being another diet show…brought to us by the same people at TLC who sensationalize extremely fat people in their version of tabloid tv…trying to persuade us that someone eats ‘33,000 calories per day’, or that if we do not live on a diet, WE will get so fat that we cannot walk…a virtual impossibility for at least 99% of us, for we each have a natural, genetic weight range which doesn’t change a great deal with variations in our eating. No, I will not be watching.

    I am watching less & less tv, including less of Food Network, because so much of that programming is devoted to “healthy, waistband-friendly, figure-friendly” claptrap. Rachael Ray has some menus I like, some comfort food shows I watch, but the misinformation & the total acceptance of ‘fat is bad’ & ‘we can all choose to be thin’ which comes out of her mouth makes my teeth clean. Just the other day, I caught the first few minutes of a show about a Spring menu…’light, because bathing suit season is coming & we need to shed that extra layer we add on during comfort eating in the winter.’ I am not a big fan of ‘bathing suit season’ propaganda & if & when I decide to learn to swim, it will be in THIS body. But I was thinking about that ‘winter weight gain’ crap. I got a pair of Rightfit jeans in early September & the thing about these jeans, as anyone who owns them knows, is that they JUST fit & all jeans tend to shrink in the dryer & after washing, they are tight when you first put them on. Nevertheless, after going through a long, icy winter when I have walked outside less than I usually do (I have CP, arthritis, mobility & balance issues), my jeans still fit me fine. Could it possibly be because I do NOT diet & I eat whatever I want any time, all year round, do not binge for special occasions, & my body has settled where it wants & needs to be? I am sure that idea will not be given consideration by this show…at least not where the person’s body wants to be fat.

    Comment by Patsy Nevins — March 17, 2008 @ 6:09 am

  7. Makes my teeth CLENCH, obviously, I CLEAN them the usual way. :-)

    Comment by Patsy Nevins — March 17, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  8. It all goes back to desperation for control. So we want to believe that the reason we don’t conform to the “proper” aesthetic is because we are doing something “wrong,” because, if we admit that we have no control, it means we’ll never be “good” enough. It doesn’t take much to notice that women especially, though we’re dragging men into it, are only “good” if they are conventionally attractive. Conventional attractiveness is supposed to be indicative of genetic superiority, nevermind where the standards came from this year. Eugenics isn’t dead, its just underground.

    Comment by Karen — March 17, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  9. I think the seasonal weight gain is an individual thing. My cats do it. If I don’t focus on what I eat, I gain and lose seasonally. One year I gained and lost 15 pounds with the change of seasons without focusing on it. I only knew because my doctor weighs me.

    I started eating ‘junk food’ two summers ago and I removed it from my diet since no one else in the house was eating it and I’m losing weight due to the lack of calories. I don’t think there are ‘good/bad fatties’. I do think we should eat as we feel comfortable no matter what we weigh. No one wants the belly ache that ‘overeating’ causes or the discomfort of skipping too many meals.

    Comment by lillian64 — March 17, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  10. True, true. :)
    I meant “pretty” and “athletic” by societal standards.

    Comment by juliafaye — March 17, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

  11. Patsy Nevins,
    Wonderful comment. Thank you!

    Karen,
    Good point. There are even those within the movement who don’t want to give up that hope of control. Heck, I’m still tempted by it.

    lillian 64,
    100 percent agree that there are not good vs. bad fatties. No more than there are good vs. bad thinnies. Ever notice how thin people that eat everything that doesn’t eat them first get a free pass?

    juliafaye,
    Great distinction, and it’s sad it has to be that way. I play pool a lot, and I hate it when people say, “It makes me laugh to call pool a sport. It’s more a game.” Oh, really? By that statement, I can tell those people have never played pool for four or more hours in one day. Takes a strong back for all that bending, for starters!

    Comment by worthyourweight — March 17, 2008 @ 2:10 pm


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