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kreeli:

Attention: vegans, locavores, bicycling fanatics, eco-warriors, et al

“Blaming fatness keeps us from addressing the root causes of our problems, and is clearly unfair to fat people.  Many powerful people understand this, but find it expedient to frame a problem in terms of fat in order to bring attention to it.  They don’t think people will just attend to the real issue unless they whip up the fat panic.  Whether it is being pessimistic that people will exercise if it is not in the context of a weight-loss effort, or being pessimistic that people will care about our food environment if it is not in the context of a moral panic about fatness, the justification for whipping up the fat hatred is the same.  I say, have the courage to make your argument about the real issues and stop doing it on the backs of fat people.” (bolding mine)

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