Michael Applebaum. MD, JD, FCLM
using sometimes cute and occasionally clever arguments, try to prove that our
planet is actually flat and disprove the truth that our planet is almost
are basically harmless. (Links to a
couple of Flat Earth Societies appear below.)
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
describes itself as, “a
non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life
for fat people.”
think that I am an open-minded person. I
went to the NAAFA Website to learn more about it.
Fat-Earthers, or more correctly, Fat Earthlings, using rarely cute and
infrequently clever arguments, try to disprove the truth that the human body is
healthier when lean and prove that the human body is healthy when almost
don’t think that these Fat Earthlings are basically harmless.
They have gone beyond the scope of a “human rights organization” and
have gotten into giving health and fitness advice—bad health and fitness
me, reading NAAFA’s material is similar to a situation where one person says
the water is hot and another says the water is cold—there is little common
cannot say that amazement was my response.
I get that these super-size folk are in need of support for what they
have in all likelihood done to their bodies.
I don’t get is an apparent need to justify their condition thereby, in my
opinion, encouraging harm to themselves and others.
only lightness of being that these brontosapiens seem to have is flying in the
face of incontrovertible evidence.
does not dedicate itself to “improving the quality of life for fat people”
by helping them lose weight. In
fact, “diet” is a four-letter
word to NAAFA. (“Diet” is a
word with four letters to me, but I don’t regard it as a four-letter word.)
its purposes, NAAFA claims to “advocate and sponsor responsible research about
the various aspects of being fat.”
Yet, it suggests that the vast amount of research. accepted by scientists
world-over, linking overweight and obesity to compromised health and disease is
irresponsible, wrong and suspect. (But,
their vast bodies of fat are responsible, right and beyond suspect.)
says that it “represents the interests of the fat population at conferences of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and obesity research conferences, in
order to shift the research agenda from a focus on finding ways to make fat
people thin to ways to make fat people healthy.”
Yet, it denies that losing weight is a way to make fat people healthy.
maintains that is has an education program.
Yet, it excludes a course on the health hazards of overweight and
claims that its “members have participated in rallies and demonstrations in
protest of Southwest Airlines' discriminatory practices regarding fat
passengers, at an obesity research conference funded by the commercial weight
loss industry, and in response to comments by New York Governor Mario Cuomo.”
Yet, NAAFA has not organized the Million Pounds March.
(Probably because they are so physically unfit.
A march route of a block or so is not favorably impressive.)
organization, like others in the “Fat Acceptance Movement” such as the International
Size Acceptance Association (ISAA), are in destructive denial.
Fat-Earthlingss obstinately refute both the obvious facts and the results of
suggestion to these organizations and their ilk is to get out of the health and
fitness advice business. If you
want to do your alleged civil rights thing, leave it at that.
Perhaps you can achieve some credibility.
But when you venture into areas where you are patently wrong, all your
positions become questionable.
are the links to a couple of Flat Earth Societies: