I am the Fat Health Coach, and I feel that, at times, the “health coach” part automatically turns many people away.
Yes, I do work that helps people make better choices and lead healthier lives. However, I want to make it clear that I do not advocate only for better eating and adding movement to one’s life.
With my clients, I’ve found that they don’t always need help with their eating and movement: they need help with loving the body they have and living the life they want to live. And we focus on that and only that. Because, as a health coach, I find that loving your body is the most important thing you can do for your health, even if that means you do it from the couch. And, like The Fat Heffalump says in her great post, “There are no fat people who are unacceptable. Not a one.”
The fatosphere has a problem. Put simply, it’s too nice.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to be part of the fatosphere, and I think amazing work is being done. But too many fat people are being left behind.
We spend far too much time trying to accommodate people who hold us back from our rights. We make space for people who refuse to acknowledge that fat stigma exists. We allow diet and weight loss rhetoric in our spaces, despite the fact that both are the product of fat hate. We fold the minute a thin person says “But what about skinny shaming?!” as though they’ve ever been there for us while were dealing with people who would eliminate us altogether, the same people whose silence in the face of the hate and bullying fat people receive is deafening. We rush to prove that fat people can be healthy, pretty…
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