PETA: Fat Shaming and Consequences

As most regular readers of Womanist Musings know, I have serious issues with the way PeTA advocates for animal rights.   Their common approach is to take bodies that have been socially marginalized and attack.  They have sexualized women, dressed as KKK members and openly mocked the GLBT community.  One of my personal favourite excuses was, we employ teh minorities so we cannot be racist . Because their cause is certainly a worthy one, they believe they have the right to “other” at will.   Other than being highly offensive, what PeTA does not realize is that their actions have life and death consequences in the real world.

PETA WHALESFrom PeTA’s press release on the billboard:

A new PETA billboard campaign that was just launched in Jacksonville reminds people who are struggling to lose weight — and who want to have enough energy to chase a beach ball — that going vegetarian can be an effective way to shed those extra pounds that keep them from looking good in a bikini. The ad shows a woman whose “blubber” is spilling over the sides of her swimsuit bottom…

Anyone wishing to achieve a hot “beach bod” is reminded that studies show that vegetarians are, on average, about 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters…

Calling people that are fat whales and inferring that their bodies are like blubber, is fat hatred.  There is no other way to spin this.  You will note, that once again PeTA’s attack is aimed at women.  Shame and discipline, discipline and shame; this is what PeTA traffics in.

Fat bodies could not be the size that they are because this is what is proper or normal for them …nope, it is because fatties are forever stuffing themselves with food.   Gluttony is the overwhelming drive.  There is certainly no such thing as a medical condition, like thyroid disease or medications like prednisone that cause weight gain either right? The issue is that fat people don’t belong and that they should be ashamed to even exist.

image A woman in the the UK recently died from having lap band surgery. She didn’t go under the knife because her life was at risk, or because she felt unhealthy.  She decided to have the surgery because she was worried that her daughter would be teased for having a fat mother.   Then there are men like Robert Blue, who chained his teenage daughter to a bed because he thought that she was too fat.  There is a cost to that fat shaming that we publicly engage in and yet PeTA did not think of this when they launched their latest hateful attack.  Their message only reinforced the social stigma that sent 30 year old Kerry Greaves and Robert Blue on their disastrous path.

Those that walk through the world with thin privilege,  assume that they have the moral right to publicly convict those that are fat because it is supposedly a “health concern”.  I wonder if they gave a moments pause to what stress does to the body?  The stress from the harassment has far more negative effects than walking through this world as a fat person.  What is normal for one person is not necessarily normal for another.  We are not all cardboard cut outs of each other.

I no longer believe that it is the goal of PeTA to advocate for animal rights.  It would seem that their sole purpose is to use animal rights as a shield, so that they can wield power over marginalized bodies.  Playing upon institutionalized isms only asserts the very hierarchies of power that PeTA claims to be fighting against.   I would say shame on you PeTA but clearly this organization lost the ability to feel shame long ago.

H/T Feministing

Cross posted from Womanist Musings

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55 comments for “PETA: Fat Shaming and Consequences

  1. August 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    While I completely agree with your whole post, it’s our policy at Body Impolitic to ignore PETA, because it’s not just that they have lost the ability to feel shame, it’s that they do these things to get the attention. Not saying anyone else has to, or even should, take this position, but I thought you might want to know about it.

  2. August 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    My thing is to head to KFC everytime PETA does something racist and stupid.

    Think I’ll try some of the grilled chicken this time.

  3. August 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm


    I understand that PeTA is seeking publicity however because of the damaging effects of fat hatred I felt that it was necessary to attack their position. Fat shaming is something that occurs daily and is considered benign and yet we know that there are real world costs, as I posted above.

  4. ShelbyWoo
    August 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Not to mention, vegetarian does not equal thin. But, I guess when your organization is into body shaming and other-ing, flat-out lies are just par for the course.

  5. William
    August 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Renee, I’d like to say thanks for an awesome post before this thread inevitably descends into “I hate PETA as much as the next animal rights activist but I’m not above using their stunts to derail every discussion into one about The Cause.”

  6. August 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    PETA is one of the few organizations I hated back when I was a libertarian/half-way-Republican that I still hate (though for different reasons). There’s no depth to which they will not sink.

  7. Liza
    August 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    What’s sad is that I do know vegetarians who have become so due to that wretched book of fat-shaming, Skinny Bitch, which seems like the PeTA Bible. So as PeTA says, their PR tactics often achieve their goal, and that is why I think it is important to deconstruct their tactics and show the connections to the -isms. So thank you Renee for this.

    I am a vegetarian, but I know that I have privilege in being able to choose what I eat and don’t eat.

  8. Alyssum
    August 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    As a vegan, PeTA is constantly making me cringe. Not only is this ad disgustingly fat shaming, it also completely hides the fact that fat vegetarians do exist. When I was a vegetarian in my young teens, my body looked not terribly different from the woman’s in the ad. In addition, I’d say that advising people to go vegan or vegetarian just to lose weight is pretty horrible advice. It can be a pretty significant lifestyle change (depending on how much meat your diet included before) that should preferably include a lot of education on proper nutrition and what goes on inside the food industry. At the most basic level, eating a vegetarian or vegan diet should be a joyful and fun experience, not one based around shame or self-deprivation–unfortunately, this is exactly what PeTA is promoting.

  9. August 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I weigh about 20 lbs more than I did as a meat-eater. (about ten years ago)

    I daresay, my increasingly-sedentary lifestyle coupled with aging, have far more to do with it.

    PETA = pompous asses.

  10. Ista
    August 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I hate PETA as much as the next animal rights activist, but… Oh wait, no.

    It… these ads make me feel awful. And of course half the time, when something goes into the fat discussion, there are always people who will defend the person or say such mean things.

    So, Dear PETA,

    Yes, I’m fat. I know. I feel awful about it. I mean, if you want to be technical I gained most of my fat while being a vegetarian. Though it had a lot more to do with pills.

    But, do you really have to add to what I feel because of “animals”? I already feel bad enough when I have to go shopping for clothes, or hell, even when I just look in the mirror.


  11. emmo
    August 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    As I learned in the comments over at Sociological Images this morning, the fat-hating campaign is not aimed just at women (this time). Of their 5 new obesity-themed billboards (available for viewing here: ) this is the only one mocking a female body. Two feature just men’s bodies, one features a thin woman judging an overweight man, and one features a teenage boy. They’re all extremely offensive and blindly fat-hating and I have no polite words for how strongly I dislike PETA, but at least in this case their horribly offensive advertising isn’t horribly offensive in a gender-specific way. Sigh…

  12. ktpetals
    August 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Below is PETA’s form letter response to my calling them out on their fat phobia/misogyny:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on PETA’s “Lose the Blubber” billboard. We apologize for any offense we may have caused; that was not our intent. We agree that a world where self-esteem is unrelated to body size would be a wonderful place. Our aim is not to insult people who are overweight but to persuade them to make a simple, positive change for their health.

    While many people have found our billboard humorous, we take obesity very seriously. We want to encourage overweight people to go vegetarian to protect their health. Researchers have found that a higher body mass index is associated with a greater risk of premature death from all causes. For example, according to the American Heart Association, obesity contributes to heart disease, America’s number one cause of death. The American Dietetic Association says that vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters do.

    Studies have shown that “weight loss” diets don’t work long-term—but going vegetarian does. Studies published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the New England Journal of Medicine have found that vegetarians are far less likely to be overweight than meat eaters are. By encouraging people who want to lose weight to go vegetarian instead of resorting to unhealthy diets, we hope to offer them a choice that the multimillion-dollar diet industry won’t give them: a long-term strategy for maintaining a healthy weight.

    Certainly not every single vegetarian is at a healthy weight, as some have suggested our billboard implies, but there are many more meat-eaters who are obese and unhealthy. For most people, eating vegetarian meals is an effective way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. But weight loss isn’t the only reason to try a vegetarian diet; we also promote going vegetarian as a great way to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of many diseases. For most people, a vegetarian diet is an effective prevention strategy.

    Our billboard is just one of the many ways that PETA promotes healthy vegetarian living. Other efforts include distributing free copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit,” hosting free public food tastings, offering meal plans and thousands of meat-free recipes at, and educating people about the meat industry’s disregard for animal welfare ( and its devastating effect on the environment (

    To read more about how obesity can be addressed by going vegetarian, please go to To read vegetarian weight-loss success stories, please visit You can order a free “Vegetarian Starter Kit” for yourself or a friend at to learn even more.

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and for giving us the opportunity to share ours.


    The PETA Staff

  13. JonBen
    August 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Great post! PETA’s actions are completely deplorable!

    PeTA is not interested in animal rights, and they do not believe in animal rights, they are only concerned with welfarism as a means of making money. They have long since abandoned any actual concern for non-human animals.

    Anyone who takes animal rights seriously realizes that all systems of oppression work in fundamentally similar ways and one needs to fight to end all them. Leveraging sexism to ‘help the animals’ in fact helps no one and betrays the principals that should be bringing us together to fight all oppression.

    @Monica: I understand the emotions that caused you to say that. However this is the same as someone meeting a racist feminist and deciding that they ought to abuse women because that feminist was racist.

    Non-human animals have an interest in being free from harm. We needlessly cause them harm to consume their bodies, by eating them, wearing them or many other unnecessary reasons. Are our trivial interests in pleasing our taste buds or our fashion sense really more important than their interests in living and being free from harm? Does PeTA’s sexism, however horrible, really justify deliberately causing unnecessary harm to sentient beings?

  14. Midwest Product
    August 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Ingrid Newkirk is one of the most insane people on the face of the planet. I think we ought just to be glad this billboard isn’t advocating that people be diced up and barbecued when they die.

  15. Crys T
    August 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    As a fat vegetarian who very much loves the animals, I’d like to say thanks for the amazing post, Renee.

  16. August 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Fat shaming is everywhere now. I have seen, at least 5 times in the last few days, the argument that the US wouldn’t need health care reform if fatties would just stop stuffing their faces. Because fat people are the root of all evil.

    Meanwhile, my husband thinks I find him disgusting because of his weight, and the truth is, he was obese when I met him, I like him just fine the way he is. But everywhere he turns there is fat shaming and half naked, 6 packed guys with no body hair.

    It’s hard on men, too.

  17. topher
    August 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I also would like to say thanks for this post. I have long felt that PeTA has become far more interested in the cult of ‘celebrity’ than animal rights. I have always felt that any organization willing to marginalize and exploit other oppressed groups probably doesn’t care that much about animal rights. PeTA seems far more interested in arranging photo shoots with models and maintaining that aura of corporate sponsored “cool”

  18. Kevin
    August 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Everyone with at least half a brain should be offended by PETA. For starters, Ingrid Newkirk once claimed that the slaughter of chickens was worse than the Holocaust. Don’t get me started on their alleged connections to the ELF, which the FBI says is the #1 domestic terrorist organization in the U.S.

  19. August 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Very well put. I fear PETA’s long history of fat shaming is nothing new and obviously not something they care to change. Fat hatred has been used to sell quite a lot of products, and that’s all PETA sees. A chance to use stigmatization and dehumanization to sell a product. They aren’t selling people on animal rights. They just figure the ends are what they want, so who cares if they actually expand support for their ideology. Its absurd and exploitative, but PETA has long made it clear that not only don’t they care about the collatoral harm, they are giddy over the opportunity to inspire self-hatred. It just makes me sick.

    I’m a fat vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat in 25 years and I’m only 31. Though I’m not a vegetarian for explicitly ethical reasons, I have a great deal of sympathy for those reasons. I have compassion for animals, but not for PETA. They have repeatedly shown themselves to be craven and disgusting in their embrace of bigotry and hatred and they shame the whole animal rights movement. I’m horrified that they still get treated seriously over more sober organizations. They pay no price for their clowning because their targets don’t garner enough sympathy from the public, whether it be women, fat people, gays, or non-whites.

  20. girl
    August 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    As a fat vegan woman I would like to say PeTA does not represent most of us vegans. I don’t know who gives this corporation the money to pull ridiculous stunts like this.
    I do like to get the free stickers they mail out and then cut the PeTA logo off, though.

  21. Jaleesa
    August 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This should surprise no one. It’s PeTA, isn’t it?

  22. Bagelsan
    August 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’m too lazy to make it myself, but there needs to be a lolcat that says “PETA kitten wantz u to hate yrself” with a really intensely staring cat or something like that. ‘Cause seriously, that’s all I can think of when I see that billboard and it’s cracking me up. :p (“That’s right! Animals care about your BMI! …and they’re gonna act like little douches about it too!”)

  23. Chelsea (A vegan against PETA)
    August 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    No, PETA does not care about animal rights; animal rights is a cause about having compassion for ALL sentient beings, human and nonhuman. PETA cares about two things: attention and money. And unfortunately, both humans and animals suffer because of it.

  24. mimulus
    August 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Well, that finally did it. The next time I get one of their emails I’m responding that I no longer want any communication from their organization because of this ad campaign. That ad is vile.

  25. Kermit12
    August 19, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I was born in a small town near Jacksonville, FL. I can say for a fact that “fat hatred” is real. As a child in school, I was mercilessly teased. It caused pain beyond words. It made me not attend my own children’s events at school, my thinking they might be made fun of as having a fat mother. I will undergo surgery next year for the lapband. Yes, I have several strong health concerns, including diabetes brought on by the taking of a prescribed medication. Even if I had no health concerns, I would take the risk and go for the surgery anyway. Because I am now without a partner in my life. My husband died and another man left me. I will never find a partner at the weight of 340 pounds. No one can see the real me. It will be a moment in my life when someone can see through to the real me again. Society has been very cruel. The South is a cruel place to grow up in for many cultures. And I had it nicer than others, as I was a white woman. A black woman has it many times worse. And my friend, who was gay was called a “faggot” every day of school. It was endless harrassment from elementary school forward into 10th grade in high school, when it quit. It never goes away, those voices in my head “fattie” “your ugly”……. Peta is disgraceful. I once thought of them as a respectful organization and was proud of their having the courage to step up and stop furs, but their hate oriented leanings of the last few years have taken away any good thoughts I once had of them.

  26. August 19, 2009 at 1:04 am
  27. mageofthebooksolivia
    August 19, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I am ashamed to have to say that I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I am and always will be a “recovering Floridian”. The few months I spent in my Freshman year of high school before I dropped out, were without a doubt the worst few month’s of my life so far. And they were because I was a white fat girl, in a very predominately Black and Latino school. This mentality that fat was wrong and ugly, even when I wasn’t very overweight just enough to “deserve” their wrath. I am not surprised to see this in my home town. But it doesn’t stop it from horrifying and appalling me.
    When years ago I heard of the stance that Peta takes on seeing eye dogs I knew they where crazy, plum ass crazy.
    Seeing eye dogs are the most cared for and honored animals, with K9’s (though I know they get killed in the line of duty they are given a hero’s funeral just like any cop), and war dogs (same treatment as K9’s. From birth they are loved and rewarded and taught in the lost gentle ways possible, they have wonderful fulfilling lives. And when they can’t do the job they are given anymore there are special organizations that adopt them for the rest of their lives they are treated with the utmost care, love, and respect that they so rightly deserve, not just because they earned it but because the people who do this love them.
    If that is not a reason to joyfully endorse what seeing eye dogs do not know what is.
    I now am proud to live in the most environmentally friendly “green” city in the country Portland, Oregon.
    Where coincidentally a few years ago there were continuous occurrences in a area that was training seeing eye dogs, of the dogs being hurt or injured when walking over the Max light rail train tracks that run all over the Portland metro area. Once it was realized what was going on the company who run the trains (Trimet) and the city quickly stepped in and fixed the problem, at no cost to the organizations that were training the seeing eye dogs. The response to the events that happens shows to me how people and organizations respect and honor seeing eye dogs.
    I can’t see a single reason for Peta’s stance on seeing eye dogs. Nor can I make any sense out of this blatantly cruel, uncalled for, and just wrong bashing of what society has deemed evil fat women.
    Sincerely, Olivia Niver
    Portland, OR

  28. The Chubby Athlete
    August 19, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I’ve pretty much been overweight my whole life.

    I have also been actively involved in some sort of sport or physical activity year round since I was Five. In HS I was the captain of both the Water Polo and Swim Team and made the Finals in my league as one of the fastest long distance swimmers.

    I did all of that at 5’9″ and 220 lbs. Oh and throughout HS I was vegetarian.

    I’m sick of Peta’s mantra: “If you’re vegetarian you are skinnier/healthier than everyone else.”

    My Senior year I started eating meat again because I was scared I was losing iron because one of my friends on the team who was also vegetarian was diagnosed as being seriously anemic due to her vegetarian ways.

    People are going to be the shape and size they want/feel comfortable being. And sometimes, just because you carry around a little more junk in the trunk doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy.

  29. August 19, 2009 at 9:43 am

    PeTA is the distilled version of everything that is wrong with “allies,” i.e. people who aren’t oppressed wearing the oppression of others and then opening their mouthes so stupid and hateful things can come out (while feeling smug and justified). PeTA’s just taken it a step further in advocating for entities who don’t have the capacity for language or theory or any of those other things that lead to the oppressed telling their allies to f*** off.

    @Monica: I understand the emotions that caused you to say that. However this is the same as someone meeting a racist feminist and deciding that they ought to abuse women because that feminist was racist.

    Huh? No it isn’t. This kind of anthropomorphizing misses the point, and equating talking about eating chicken at KFC with this ridiculous example is the same slippery slope BS that leads to PeTA.

  30. Keldrena
    August 19, 2009 at 10:01 am


    As someone partnered with a service dog, thank you. PETA believes that service dogs are slaves and are on call, as it were, 24-7. That is their opposition to them. They believe the disabled should only rely on human attendants. If only they could see the joy my dog has in our partnership.

  31. polianarchy
    August 19, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Kermit12: I am a WOC and weigh over 350 lbs, and I found a life partner. Size doesn’t matter, it’s how you use it.

  32. Gembird
    August 19, 2009 at 10:38 am

    This ad campaign almost makes me ashamed to be thin. Almost, but not quite- because I’m aware that PETA are all insane and that my skinny body, just like the fatter bodies of others, is just luck of the draw (or not). I’m also aware that a vegetarian who lives on cheese and potato and not much else is not going to be healthy- just like being thin doesn’t automatically mean my lazy arse is healthy.

    PETA have offended everyone now, surely? Well, if not, maybe one of those terrorists Ingrid Newkirk hangs out with can give them some ideas for who they can piss off next.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I really need a steak.

  33. August 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

    It’s called the food chain. We’re part of it. PETA seems to want to ignore *reality* in favor of a fantasy of their own dark making. Not just PETA, but everyone acts like fat is some kind of modern thing, and the way modern society treats fat people is deplorable. There is this myth that people were never fat before the modern era. That is BS. Look at paintings of wealthy people from the medieval period and later. Many were chubby, and some kings, like Henry VIII were down right fat. It used to be a mark of wealth, that you had enough money and all to have all the food you wanted. Now people are so stupid, they want everyone to starve themselves to be something they aren’t.

    For most people, weight has very little to do with what you eat, it has to do with how much you eat and how fast your metabolism deals with it. You can easily lose a ton of weight on the Atkins diet, where you eat nothing but meat, cheese and green vegetables. I know, because I’ve done it.

    We are designed to be omnivores, and nothing that PETA or any of the other militant vegetarians do or say will change that.

    PETA, maybe a lion will eat them while they try to persuade it to be a vegetarian. XD

  34. topher
    August 19, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I want to thank all the commentators on this site. Wow, I had no idea that PETA was against service animals, I mean, wow, that is nuts. I think it all boils down to the fact that PETA is anti-human, not pro-animal. For some reason they believe that humans are not ‘natural’ and need to be suppressed. This is why they have no problem insulting humans, because we are less than any animal. This bothers me. I mean I am against cruelty to animals but that does not allow me the right to be cruel to humans as well, are we not animals too?

  35. Smurf
    August 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    While this is may be an awful ad and PETA does annoy me much of the time, I must admit that I was about to go get a bag of chips from the vending machine and decided not to when I saw this online.

  36. Ann
    August 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Unbelievable. I love whales and think they’re beautiful creatures, but the ignorance and cruelty of these ads is astonishing. I’m amazed that anyone in their right mind would approve of them.

    PETA just lost a whole lot of supporters.

    For the record, I’ve been a proud vegan for over 10 years but I’m not stick thin. I’m sure many would probably call my size 14-16 body “fat” or “obese.” But I am healthy and happy. I also pride myself on being empathetic to all living creatures. I see beauty everywhere, but clearly I’m in the minority.

  37. August 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    as a vegetarian and the editor of, i think this is disgusting.

  38. Deirdre McLeod
    August 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    @emmo thank you for that link.

    I was in a state of dislike for PeTa to begin with but their got autism/milk ad on that page just saw me seeing red. I have an autism spectrum disorder and their use of autism as a push point for their wackjob agenda really made me mad. There is already so much misinformation out there about AS Disorders and while a small percentage of this population can be helped (not cured) with a casein free diet it’s not a fraggin panacea.
    They had lost my sympathy anyway because their ‘i cant believe it’s vegan’ site advertises Proctor and gamble products. PnG are one of the largest animal testing companies i know of in the US.

  39. RhinoRyan
    August 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    As an avid health and workout nut, I’d have to say that advertisements like this only further completely bogus falacies in the hearts and minds of the general population. Taking nutritional advice from an organisation like PETA should always be taken with a pinch (or cup) of salt. Trying to say, “You’re a fat, ugly sack of crap because you eat meat” is just flat out WRONG; people need to learn that its not about whether you are vegetarian or not (well, ethical questions aside). Last time I checked proteins, lipids and carbohydrates from plants and animals were not radically different…

    Everyone knows that there is an obesity issue in the west. There are real and serious consequences to being severely overweight. But demonising those who are overweight is not the way to rectify this issue, and especially not by using quite possibly the most juvenile language possible. The last time I heard fat people being called ‘whales’ was in high school.

  40. Vidya
    August 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm


    Hey, we’re the same weight! I also grew up with horrific teasing, and later suffered through an eating disorder in an attempt to be thinner (it nearly killed me). I’m a happy, very fat vegan today.

    While I don’t have a life partner either, I do have a circle of close friends and a couple of non-human companions who together give me more love and support than one could ever expect from a single human spouse. For years, I fell into the ‘goal displacement’ trap, thinking everything would go well in my life if I could only lose weight. I’ve since discovered that it was my internalized fat-hatred holding me back from achievement and meaningful relationships; I also discovered that true happiness comes from offering love to others, human and non-human (as well as to oneself, of course), and not just hoping to be loved by someone.

    Please do reconsider the lapband surgery. Despite the misleading statistics put out there by those who profit from this horrific procedure, most people either (1) die from complications, (2) almost die from complications and have the device removed and regain the weight, (3) have the device spontaneously stop working as intended, and regain the weight, or (4) die of diseases known to be caused by long-term malnutrition, like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Weight-loss surgery is among the biggest consumer scams ever concocted, but the power of corporate profits and institutionalized fat-hatred has kept this surgically induced anorexia legal. You are fine just as you are.

  41. Oplease
    August 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Just because it is possible to be fat and healthy doesn’t change the fact that in general being fat is unhealthy and the fact that most fat people are unhealthy. For every one person who dies due to desperate measures to lose weight, thousands die to weight-related health problems.

  42. Vidya
    August 21, 2009 at 2:39 am

    “Just because it is possible to be fat and healthy doesn’t change the fact that in general being fat is unhealthy and the fact that most fat people are unhealthy.”

    Except that these facts don’t need to be ‘changed’ because they were never facts to begin with. Unless you mean ‘fact’ in the sense of ‘statement which may be proven true or false’ — then, indeed, they are quite easily substantiated as untrue facts.
    Perhaps you should consider beginning your background reading in the subject with the multiple studies published over the past few years demonstrating that the longest lifespans, on average, belong to those who are fat. Supplementary to this I would recommend the studies that show lower incidences of many cancers in fat people, as well as those that demonstrate greatly improved survival and recovery from cardiac events by fat persons when compared to non-fat persons.

  43. Jane G.
    August 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Good post. Two little things:

    1.) I’m pretty sure it’s “PETA” not “PeTA.” Why do you say “PeTA”? It’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” – adjectives, like nouns and verbs, are capitalized in titles. It says “PETA” on their website.

    2.) In response to some comments: Personally, I don’t think anyone has a moral obligation to be healthy, and I think it’s completely hypocritical to suggest that some tortured idea about the social cost of obesity is behind cruelty to fat people. Cruelty is cruelty. To call it “concern” is concern trolling. To call it in the public interest is just reaching for a convenient cover for being a bigot. Fat people are people. I’m kind of fat but not very fat – I’m not sure whether to say “they” or “we,” but either way, we humans (or, to do it PETA style, we sensitive beings) deserve to be treated with respect. The fight shouldn’t be about whether fat is unhealthy. I have multiple sclerosis. That’s unhealthy. You want to pick on me about it? What if I couldn’t afford treatment, which is very expensive. Wouldn’t the consequences to my health be punishment enough? There is NO NO NO NO fucking excuse for this shit. It makes me furious.

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  45. August 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm


    I fully understand that PeTA uses the acronym PETA. I do not feel that they are an ethical organization and to illustrate that point I purposefully use a lower case e.

  46. Mark
    August 25, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I gained ALL my extra weight when I was 16 years old. I have ALWAYS been 275 lbs for the past 23 years. I just noticed the other day that I weighed 235 lbs and was not only surprised but scared. WHY am I losing weight? Do I have a disease? Damn you idiots that made fun of me in high school and damn you NOW those that still do!

  47. Maria
    August 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Oh Lord people. Relax. It’s funny. As far as the RIDICULOUS sarcastic comment as to it being so impossible for there to be legitimate reasons for being fat, how about you explain why exactly obesity rates have shot up like they have since a few decades ago? I’ll save you some time and say that most of it is due to changes in our society and the need to do many physical activities has been eliminated. That’s why people are fatter. Because they’ve stopped moving. Also, awful eating habits plays a good role… So PETA’s of course, not right on the mark, as much of a surprise as that isn’t, but the crazy claims you make are more off.

  48. August 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Yes Maria. And all the people listing their experiences with weight upthread are LIARS. And IMMATURE, because sticks and stones may break my bones, but giant billboards making fun of my ass shall never hurt me.

    We all know that the fat fat fatties sit on their butts all day whilst eating baby flavored doughnuts.


  49. Oplease
    August 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    greatly improved survival and recovery from cardiac events by fat persons when compared to non-fat persons.

    That’s rich! Being fat makes a person much more likely to suffer a cardiac event in the first place. But just keep lying to yourself about fat being healthy. Since the world is grossly overpopulated I wouldn’t mind if sickly fat people just rolled over and died. They don’t though – they just cost a fortune in medical bills. Another resource overconsumed by fat people.

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