WEDESDAY, JULY 2ND @ NOOON
TOPICS: Fat Acceptence and HAES Movements
Today on the Backstage Pass Radio Program, I’ll be co-hosting the show with good friend of mine. Author Dagny Kight, of www.powerfulhunger.com, will be discussing a very topics that will likely ruffle some features. We originally scheduled the program to talk about two very popular artcle we saw online, invited the authors and (surprise) were ignored. Here are the individual articles were were ininitially discussing:
From these articles, we then found ourselves smack dab in the Fat Acceptance and HAES Movements, and decided to feature today’s show on that.
We’ll be discussing The Fat Acceptance Movement and the HAES momvement. Here’s some info from both:
FAT ACCEPTANCE: http://www.naafaonline.com/dev2/
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms. NAAFA’s goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life. NAAFA will pursue this goal through advocacy, public education, and support.
—obesity research should be focused on improving the quality of life for fat people instead of weight loss
—the media and educational materials aimed at children should include fat positive role models
—public and private organizations and government agencies involved in recommending public health policy should consult the NAAFA for guidelines in protecting the interests of fat people
Where they appear to want to take choices away by defining these choices as unhealthy
—insurance coverage should not cover weight loss treatment including prescription drugs and surgery
—weight loss surgery should be “discontinued” as based on the usual inaccurate and old statistics
ASDAH’s HAES Principles reject judgments about health and any discourse of individual responsibility
HAES now rejects what is called “healthism,” the defining of what’s considered healthy or unhealthy. Again, HAES’s position is totally subjective and, I think, meaningless. How can we discuss health if we refuse to define it? I remember well a post by Marianne Kirby that argued we can’t judge a person who chooses a candy bar over an apple because we don’t know what informed their choice and we shouldn’t define foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy” as those definitions would extend to the people who choose the food.
Dangy and I woulod LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to join in the discussions You can call in at either 347-857-2052 or call into the show directly with Skype. We welcome and thank you for participating in the discussion.