Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Concern Trolling on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday I really love because of the memories that unfold when I think about it. Unfortunately it has a resoundingly awful subtext in the hostile ingratitude of the Pilgrims and other white people toward the helpfulness and then the very existence of the native Americans/Indians.

And yet how easy it is for fat people to identify with those feelings -that other people whom you dn't even know feel pointless hatred toward you. Thanksgiving, which is supposed to be a time of family togetherness and giving thanks, can often degenerate into a fat shaming marathon as "concern trolls" voice their supposedly concerned opinions that you "have to lose" x amount of weight or your health will be injured, or you will die..

Too bad they haven't looked at the statistics for weight loss surgery lately, in and from which a lot of people do die..

There are some excellent poems in Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly on exactly this issue.

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