First of all, you are the one who singled out fat women in your original comment. I don’t have some magic system that flags anything, I read your comment multiple times and that line stood out to me.

Secondly, your assertion that the only way that people get fat is because they eat too much is reductionist and inherently false. Sure you can try to simplify it to calories in and calories expended, but that’s simplistic and leaving out a boatload of relevant information about other things that people have going on.

I’m sure that there are people out there who eat compulsively or have an addiction to food or certain foods. Saying that everyone who is fat does that is just untrue, though. So making blanket statements comparing fat people to junkies is insulting and untrue.

NO ONE is glorifying obesity. People who say that body liberation is about glorifying fat bodies are misunderstanding the movement. I’ve never heard any fat person say that everyone should be fat.

I’ve certainly never said that being fat is better, more beautiful, more healthy, or more anything. I guarantee you no fat person is reading this, or the comments left before it, and starting to think that they are magically healthier because they’re fat; or that thin people are reading it and thinking, “oh it’s super healthy to be fat, maybe I’ll start packing on some pounds.”

Do you know what is actually dangerous? The attitude that fat people are unhealthy and undesirable and must change. Research shows that when people face fat phobia, the stress of being stigmatized and shamed on a daily basis, it makes it nearly impossible to address any health issues we do have that need attention.

This is not about eating habits, and even if it were, it’s not your place to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be eating. Suggesting that we could all be less fat and “better” if we just tried harder is actively harmful.

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