Did you even bother to read this blog before you emailed me? I’m asking this as a serious question because I get laughable numbers of email like the one you sent me, hopeful and intent on me publicizing some diet or program or book that runs entirely counter to the purpose and goal of this blog.
Which is Fat Acceptance.
Fat Acceptance means, for those of you playing at home, no more dieting. It means no more killing yourself (sometimes literally) in pursuit of “the thin person inside” and no more putting off ’til Thin Tomorrow what you can do Fat Today.
I just made that up. Catchy, ain’t it? *laugh*
Look, the National Body Challenge isn’t the feel-good event that the Discovery Channel keeps trying to frame it as. It is, instead, yet another two-fold example: a) our country is goddamn obsessive-compulsive about dieting at this point and b) it doesn’t damn well work.
If it did, you wouldn’t need to stir the national frenzy in this way.
I’d actually be all for the National Body Challenge if it were about honoring your body and moving and doing things that are healthy for you as an individual. I’m a fan of people doing what they need to do to take care of themselves (even if – ESPECIALLY IF – that means NOT exercising as a few people I know must do to avoid crushing, debilitating fatigue).
But the National Body Challenge is a diet. Another diet that tells us, really, all we fatties need to do is eat less and exercise more.
We’ve heard that a million times. We’ve tried it a million times. And, most likely, we’ve wound up fatter.
If y’all don’t read the blog at all, if you just see “ooooooh, body politics with x number of readers”, I can understand that. I can just delete your email and move on. But if you are actually reading the blog and you see what I’m doing here, what we’re all a part of doing here, and you still think my blog would be the perfect place to promote the National Body Challenge? Either I’m doing something really, really wrong or your reading comprehension just isn’t what it should be for someone working in the PR field.
NOTE: Hey, y’all! Sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days! Vacation is stellar and I’m totally wearing the bathing suit (pretty much all day every day) and I have some totally rad stories for you when I get home. Love!
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