I hear fat activists say that they prefer “fat” to terms like overweight and obese, but I don’t get it. What’s better about fat than obese or overweight?
Well Lissa, I’m glad that you asked! As always people are allowed to identify themselves using whatever terms they prefer, and I can only speak for myself, but here’s what I’ve got.
My issue with the word “obese” is with how it’s used to pathologize a height/weight ratio. The idea that our weight in pounds times 703 divided by our height in inches squared gives a health professional tons of information about our health and treatment options is pretty messed up, and that’s before you take into account the fact that the “obese” definition includes Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). In addition to being an annoyingly useless abuse of mathematics, it’s dangerous to those of us who…
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