No, this blog doesn’t hate fat people, and neither do I.
It is undeniable that there are those who hate fat people: the fatpeoplehate subreddit and similar sites are a testament to this. Such content, however, is not welcome on this blog neither as posts nor as comments. There is a clear difference between wanting to help someone, even if it’s worded harshly, and just disrespecting others. No matter who you are, irrespective of your background, you deserve to be treated with respect.
I want this post to be a more thorough explanation of what the Rebuttals to Fatlogic page of this blog is intended as. From my experience, most of what that page covers is taught during junior high school. Still, the fact is that we tend to remain ignorant when it comes to actually applying that knowledge or understanding how it relates to us in everyday life. The prevalence of fad diets, dumb things like detoxing, wraps, and cleanses show this to be the case.
It is impossible for a lone (and terrible) writer like myself to change that situation head on, so the point of the Rebuttals to Fatlogic page is to try something different. Just as we imagine monsters hiding under the bed, stairs and in the closet when we’re young, the gaps in our knowledge serve as fertile ground for falsehoods and misconceptions to take root. Those who believe in the gospel of fatlogic do so because they get something out of their belief: the assurance that they’ve done what they can and the problem lies elsewhere beyond their control. Fatlogic then is both self-reinforcing and soothing. That is also its greatest weak spot.
The clear difference between fatlogic and science is that the former only offers excuses and keeps looking backwards while the latter gives explanations and forces us to look forwards, towards trying out new ideas and seeing if they pass muster. Fatlogic allows you to lie to yourself when it comes to how much food you actually eat, and how much you exersize, but a proper tracking of those activities cannot be fooled, and will eventually be apparent to all.
The Rebuttals to Fatlogic page is intended to be well sourced, and to offer a greater amount of information than a quick Google search without getting bogged down in with details. It is also not interested in getting you to buy anything, and this project is primarily aimed at helping me get my own head around what is true and what is false in the fatlogic vs science “debate”, and it is then intended to make that information available to others who find themselves in a similar position.
If, after checking things out, your choice is to not change your lifestyle and keep doing what you’ve already have, good for you. If you, on the other hand, decide to make changes and try out a different way, then good for you too. What I find unacceptable, however, is to believe your own stories and excuses without challenging them and forcing them to convince you. Hopefully this gives a better understanding as to the point of the Rebuttals to Fatlogic section of the blog.
Next week we’ll deal with toxins and detox, see you then!