"Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes. This is why it’s so fucking crucial to separate the concept of “obesity” from “eating crap and not exercising.” The two are simply not synonymous — not even close — and it’s not only incredibly offensive but dangerous for thin people to keep pretending that they are. There are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise — and are thus putting their health at risk — and there are fat people who treat their bodies very well but remain fat. Really truly."
Kate Harding (via redefiningbodyimage)
why is it that the only time “society” cares about the “health” of their fellow community members is when those community members are fat? nobody gives a shit when our kids go hungry or die from abscessed teeth or untreated asthma, but motha fuck if you don’t have some “worried” mothafuckas up your asshole if ur fat….
not to mention when it comes to that no one ever talks about “health” as something that like, feels good and affects your average day-to-day happiness and can be really beneficial as a tool for figuring out how to make the most of your own life.
also, the kids thing, god, yes. i can’t tell you how many times i’ve seen a kid just like freaking out, unable to focus, unable to learn, unable to behave (& therefore more likely to perpetuate an antagonistic relationship between them and authority, them and their peers, to become more alienated and isolated and angry and afraid of school) and a BIG part of the root problem is literally just, they’re hungry. schools offer free breakfast but wow it’s so hard to convince kids to eat and i can’t blame them because most school breakfast, ew. this is why i lose my mind whenever anyone starts worrying about the caloric count of school breakfasts, i’m like, do you have any idea how many times i have begged a kid to for the love of god just drink a chocolate milk so they will go into the day having SOMETHING instead of NOTHING? (see also kids who come to bed just seriously exhausted because something in their neighborhood or home is making it impossible for them to sleep consistently…) some kids this summer i was able to notice this pattern and if you do (and if they’re older, and if they’re not hostile [not that they don’t have good reason to be hostile, just saying some things work different on different kids], and if and if and if…), sometimes you can notice a kid acting up or goofing around more than usual and pull them aside real quick and say “hey, i notice you’re having trouble keeping it together, did you eat breakfast this morning? no? are you hungry? yeah? well, yeah, i know when we’re hungry it’s really hard to concentrate, right? i know it’s really hard, i’m just gonna ask you to try to be strong and keep it together so you don’t distract your classmates, if you wanna take a break to put your head down that’s okay, do you think you can try?” and sometimes that’ll help, i don’t totally know why.
anyway. yes. yes. yes.
the food thing is something i’m *always always always* thinking about. and thinking about food justice and all those people who are always like “it’s cheap to eat vegan!” and all that—
the reality is that in places like detroit, flint, saginaw etc (post industrial spaces) where poverty is rampant and the gov just cut off food stamps and people are *literally* not just going hungry, but *starving*…
so so so so so SO many people in these areas and youth specifically—are only going to be eating once a day—*if they’re lucky*. the thing is tho—historically, we’ve *always* had this situation, where workers will only eat once a day—that’s why “working class food” is *always* heavy, greasy, thick, and huge. people today call it gross and disgusting and artery cloggers and heart attack makers and all that—and that’s true, cuz a lot of people are eating that type of food multiple times a day. but the quality of the food *sprang out of poverty*. for those people who could only eat once a day.
and i mean, raise your hand if you’ve eaten off the mc donald’s menu cuz u knew u were only going to be eating once that day. salad, even a million calorie salad off mc. donalds menu doesn’t fucking cut it.
as long as we keep making “healthy” and “food” always always always equal “lettuce greens and orange slices”—and “buying the right food at the right stores”—rather than: it’s not that people can’t afford to buy lettuce—it’s that people CAN’T AFFORD TO EAT (and there’s a difference, trust me) we will never ever ever EVER change *shit*. ever.
individual choices versus structural injustice. this is the crux of it, right here.
According to a National Women’s Law Center analysis of the census data, the poverty rate for women grew from 13.9 percent in 2009 to 14.5 percent in 2010. It’s even higher for women of color: One in 4 black and Latina women lived in poverty in 2010.
— Ms. Magazine blog: The Women in Poverty Epidemic, Visualized (click image for larger pdf)
June 22nd, 2011, in Pennsylvania, United States, one of the groups of indigenous North American activists walking across the country to Washington DC to raise awareness about the abnormally high incidence of diabetes among indigenous people in the United States. Due to the destruction of traditional diets and lifestyles indigenous populations in euro-colonized areas around the world suffer from much higher incidence of diabetes than the white settler populations. In the United States indigenous people are more than twice as likely as white people to have diabetes. “In 2001, the age-standardised prevalence of self-reported diabetes among Indigenous Australians was 11% compared with 3% among the non-Indigenous population.” Rates of diabetes are increasing worldwide and are associated with urbanization and a “western-style” diet.
(Photo via Censored News)