That was my head.
Because of this Reuters article, a new regurgitation of the “Fat people don’t know they’re fat!” theme, based on… wait for it….
Here’s researcher Lori Neighbors:
“Most surprising was that many of those classified as overweight didn’t idealize the weight that would be considered normal or healthy weight by objective body mass index standards.”
And that’s not even the most galling part. That would be these facts, which are mentioned only casually alongside the horror of “overweight” people not being aware of exactly where the BMI cut off for “normal” is.
- “They found nearly 90 percent of normal-weight women wanted to weigh less…”
- “Among the underweight women, half of them wanted to remain at the same weight or lose weight.”
And you gotta love this — Neighbors again:
“There seems to be social movements that are really pushing inclusion and a health-at-any-size viewpoint … People are becoming more accepting of heavier body weights and body sizes.”
Yeah, it’s not “health-at-any-size,” it’s Health at Every Size, which includes underweight women and “normal” weight women who think they need to lose weight, as well as all us deluded fatties. I’m not anti-dieting just for fat people over here.
By the way, did you hear that yet another fashion model has died of anorexia? Yeah, I didn’t either, until Rachel covered it. It’s not getting much media attention. Huh.
Ready for another quote from the Reuters article?
The current shape of the underweight women was on average close to their desired body shape, which would keep them in the underweight category.
“Once they’re there, they don’t really want to change,” said Neighbors in an interview.
And again, there is no mention that this is a health problem, no discussion of how underweight women don’t know what a “healthy” weight is. No discussion of how unbelievably fucked up it is that nearly 90% of “normal” weight women want to lose weight. It’s only the “overweight” people whose health is at risk because of their terrible ignorance.
(Thanks to reader Patricia for the tip.)