I came across this news story today. In case fat people aren't facing enough stigma and shame, a federal health advisory is now advising that fat people receive intensive counseling. From the story I saw at The Frisky:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force encouraged doctors to identify and aid obese patients by providing counseling, or referring them to a weight loss-oriented program. Specially targeted: patients with a body mass index of 30 or more — which is currently one in three Americans.
Under the current health care law, medicare and most other insurers would be required to cover the cost of any recommended weight loss services.
Under current guidelines, many health insurance companies aren’t required — and don’t cover — weight loss counseling.My blood is just boiling. I really don't think I have any words for this. I'm just so emotionally exhausted by feeling like I am constantly on the defense for existing in the body I have. And I'm so tired of hearing that thinnness is "success." And I'm so sick of the unnecessary fear mongering and pearl clutching about "ZOMG the obesity crisis!" I'm so tired of only certain body sizes being accepted as "healthy" and weight being used as the only indicator of overall health.
I just want to scream it, "STOP TRYING TO 'FIX' MY BODY!"
It's taken so much work, and it is very much still in progress, but I love my body. I appreciate it. I am thankful for it. It is imperfect, but it is the only one I have and it enables me to do what I love, from walks with Ronald to Turbo Kick classes to writing this blog. How dare someone, wielding an extremely arbitrary standard (BMI), tell me that I'm wrong. That I'm not good enough. That I need help.
It's old, people.
Never mind the fact that the government is setting up a suggestion that they cannot even help us carry through since these counseling programs aren't covered by insurance companies. So even if someone DID think this was an appropriate thing for them to do personally (which is totally within their rights!) they would have to be able to afford it out of pocket.
It makes my head explode almost as much as when I learned about Japan's so called fat tax.