=] thank you!
I’m open to (respectful) requests to elaborate on the things I post throughout the day of you ever want me to expand on my thoughts
That’s also why the “but eating smaller portions is healthier, there’s nothing wrong with this add” backlash is so frustrating.
The commercial didn’t say “hey, did you know eating more meals in smaller portions is good for your metabolism”? It promoted challenging yourself to not finish your meals and declare it a tiny win.
Crystal Light isn’t nutritious and these commercials aren’t nutrition lessons. We need to stop blindly conflating every type of weight loss strategies with nutrition.
I remember seeing an image on tumblr or two thin white women with KFC dinner sized buckets at a 7/11 on a “being your own slushie container” day. The image was intended to be amusing but you couldn’t help but notice that if the people in the image were POC, not thin or visibly flawed that comments on the post would have been spewing vitriol.
There’s a difference between individual choices and Crystal Lite encouraging a blanket lifestyle of women challenging themselves to not finish their meals as a “small win”
I have to admit, I apologize if my admonition of the commercial makes those who have gone through various types of diets feel vilified. I instead approach this as a person who has gone through a lot of change when it comes to being comfortable with my relationship with food and recognizing that these commercials do encourage disordered eating. Does that mean that everyone who diets/cuts back/eats less has an eating disorder? No. Definitely not. But the unchecked premise behind these commercials are damaging.
I’ll continue to look into it. Thanks!
I think it’s more important to takeaway that:
I think the resistance to “anti-obesity” rhetoric loses sight of the fact that NO ONE wants people to be unhealthy. This isn’t an endorsement of things that are unhealthy. But Our culture has a hard time with shifting from “I dislike obesity” to “what are ALL the issues going on here”
this flaw in logic is why instead of increasing access to greater nutrition and standards of living, billboards are instead posted up saying “you’re killing your children if you buy them that bucket of KFC for dinner tonight”. It takes the focus away from the institution and structures and places the onus on individual acts.
The point is that the “obesity is preventable” argument makes it seem, especially to those labeled ‘obese’ that their bodies are a problem and this problem exists because they weren’t able to prevent it well enough. It’s condescending for these types of messages to be put out by people who have access to nutritionists, healthy food, and personal trainers. It’s also disingenuous to say one is against obesity as oppose to being against food insecurity, food desserts, and the way those in poverty lack access to nutritional food options.
Too many people live in areas where access to nutritious food is impossible. There are many complex and structural reasons for this, that tie into poor health in ways that extend beyond just obesity. But as oppose to their being genuine efforts to improve the overall health conditions for people who live in low-income/deserted areas - people instead tack on to the one by-product of this institutional issue that is visible: fat bodies.
That is the point, that is the problem, this is why these campaigns don’t help. They vilify a possible result of living in an area with poor health conditions, in a way that negatively impacts those who don’t have the agency to change that one factor the way we imagine they do - as oppose to questioning how we have people living in food desserts/don’t have access to healthcare/what systemic issues are at play here.
noun1.an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech
Apparently the lesser known second definition of delirium is "feeling strongly that to promote "obesity is preventable" is to engage in dangerous eliminationist rhetoric.”
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