January 16, 2016

"Fat acceptance feminists" condemn Oprah for joining Weight Watchers

Elizabeth KingRebel Columnist

Statistically, it's likely that many of you have already folded your treadmill and dropped a kettlebell on your New Year’s weight loss resolution. So what better time to evaluate the fat acceptance movement?

It isn’t all bad. I like their advice on not becoming paralysed with self-loathing when you can’t zip up your jeans.

I say "Amen" when they preach that you can live as you please; it’s your life, after all.

Besides, you hear them say, the human form is just wrapping—lumpy in the hips or not—for a more valued soul.

These are inherently good messages.

The problem is, the human body still needs to function, and preferably optimally, if you want a long life. Many fat crusaders discredit the health benefits of weight loss in order to maintain their narrative that fat people are victimized.

With this mindset, they aren't people who haven’t failed at losing weight. Instead they've embraced fatness as an immutable identity.

They often latch onto a complementary strain of the fat acceptance movement called “Health at Any Size;" the lie is built into its very name, as it fantasizes that people who need to catch their breath halfway up a flight of stairs are on par with those who bound them two by two.

We all need a sense of community, and young women in particular feel better surrounded by a sorority with a shared vulnerability. They’re looking for a haven from the people who -- I’d have to agree -- have a pathological contempt for obesity.

Unfortunately, however, fat acceptance often encourages complacency and attacks harmless language, convincing people that certain magazine captions are like self-esteem crushing grenades.

Women’s Health magazine—cowering to this pressure—just announced that they’ll strip their cover of allegedly offensive headlines like “bikini body” “shrink,” “diet” and “drop two sizes." This decision sounds a lot like they’re compromising on what it might take to be healthy.

Fat acceptance has succeeded in maligning diets in favour of doing nothing, when a proper diet, if adopted as a permanent plan, can be an effective solution.

Oprah Winfrey, the empress of you-be-you, feel-good chatter, has decided again to lose weight again, motivated in large part by her recent 10 percent (US$43.2 million) stake in Weight Watchers.

Instead of feminists cheering her on, Chick-Lit author Jennifer Weiner, in a New York Times op-ed, criticizes Oprah and her new Weight Watchers commercial.

In the ad, Oprah dares to say, “Inside every overweight woman is a woman she knows she can be.”

This makes Oprah a traitor and part of what Weiner calls the “fix-yourself-fatties chorus.”

She then suggests:

“But what if, instead of investing in paid diets and microdermabrasion, we donated our dollars to worthy charities and gave our time to the food pantry or elementary school? What if we thought about adding things to our lives — new foods, new skills, new classes, new walking routes — instead of taking things away?”

The problem with this alternative is that many of us do need to take things away, including several calories per day.

Ms. Weiner’s perverse spin is that dieting is a vanity and joining Weight Watchers is a poor alternative to altruism.

She’s miffed that Oprah has joined a new community, one in which members want to better themselves, exercise the lost virtue of temperance, and live longer. Is the fat acceptance movement now a cult of obesity that treats a woman as an apostate should she try to squeeze into a size 12?

Striving to live better is admirable. Conversely, while you are free to be yourself and eat whatever you like, you don’t deserve accolades for it.

While I sympathize and have compassion for the obese, and I’ll defend them from snark and ridicule, I’ll reserve my admiration for the person (fat or thin) who hasn’t cancelled her gym membership a few days into 2016. This doesn't make me part of the "fix-yourself-fatties chorus."


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commented 2016-01-18 14:09:38 -0500
Bets on Oprah :
Attains a BMI under 27 200:1
Keeps it off for 6 months 30:1
Gets fit and stays healthy 100000:1
The last is about the same odds as convincing an Orca in captivity to go Vegan.
commented 2016-01-18 11:39:55 -0500
@ d mary don’t think for a minute that I wouldn’t lynch her because I would…
commented 2016-01-17 20:20:24 -0500
@d Mary

You couldn’t be more correct.
commented 2016-01-17 20:20:24 -0500
@d Mary

You couldn’t be more correct.
commented 2016-01-17 16:28:40 -0500
Accuna, Oprah does things, everything she does, for profit, for money, period.
commented 2016-01-17 11:15:33 -0500
oprah is not the black jesus. who cares what kind of a hypocritical pig she is? at least she is pretending to do something positive instead of doxing George Zimmerman’s parents.
commented 2016-01-17 09:37:40 -0500
Oprah, armed with a private chef, exercise coach, dietitian, and a healthy chunk of the company, wants everyone to discover the inner person – which is apparently is thin,

Oprah has always been a hypocrite, and I see that nothing much has changed.
commented 2016-01-17 09:17:07 -0500
I think it is lypophobic to refer to capitalists and corporate CEOs as “fat cats”.
commented 2016-01-17 06:48:59 -0500

I personally do not give a damn – live your life.

If you want to lose weight and do not have a medical problem preventing this – it is easy.

I am going to give you the true secret to weight loss and the true secret to keeping it off.

All you have to do is pay me the same amount the folks at weight watchers are paying oprah.

And you can give me the same amount that it cost to make the commercials.

Now give me your money because I am about to give you all the secrets you need to know – with no fancy web site and no flashy pre-made meals and it cost less than one Oprah (a whiny righteous beyotch – who admittedly knows how to make money)

Read the secret and NEVER FORGET IT.

Eat less.

Move more.

It works.
commented 2016-01-16 21:38:09 -0500
Fat shaming or insulting people who have weight issues does nobody any good. Noone has ever got well by insulting them. Personally who made you the ruler of the earth. In Canada we have laws that say nobody can be discriminated against for racism, dlisabilities, etc but if someone is overweight, call them anything you want. You make fun of them, make movies about them or anything else. When you have walked a mile in someone elses shoes, then you have a right to say something. Until that time, please shut your mouths and stop being so ignorant.
commented 2016-01-16 19:28:50 -0500
There she is….the Jabba yhe Hutt CEO of the evil HARPO……CORPORATION……….Tax and regulate.!!!!! OCCUPY!!!
commented 2016-01-16 19:09:34 -0500
I can’t stand the self-avowed homosexual Ellen Degenerate, nor do I like or admire Oprah – except for the fact that she keeps trying to lose weight, so I couldn’t watch that video.
I do however really like what John Burk has to say about fat people and in spite of the BS he got from the so-called Doctors on the following video, I have to agree with him 100%.
Fat is not beautiful it’s fat and gross and unhealthy! I’d like to hear anyone put up any kind of a valid argument to what John Burk says – and no, excuses are not valid, they’re just excuses:
commented 2016-01-16 18:42:07 -0500
Oprah, being left wing, should serve as an example to ultra-femmes. I think the cabinet of the Alberta gov’t should take serious note. Particularly the Health (?) Minister. Good body image creates good mental health which will help one look seriously at the problems that plague others. Also, you learn to smile and laugh with life, not at people. Finally, if you go on a weight loss programme, you may want to suggest the same to your colleagues, who will then understand the problems of Albertans. Rachel, do it now, get your cabinet into a fitness well-being programme, it can be run by your Energy Minister, who was a PEd teacher and has nothing else to do right now.
commented 2016-01-16 18:25:39 -0500
not sure if I dislike Oprah or feminists more
commented 2016-01-16 18:21:09 -0500
God forbid somebody try to get in shape!