Anonymous asked: hi! i'm doing a research essay and wanted it to be on the question 'to what extent does weight affect health?'. however, i get really annoyed when people equate health with worth, as if you and your body dont deserve respect if you arent healthy. i wanted to address that at the end of the essay, like 'eyy u dont need to be healthy to deserve respect though, im just tryna fuck up the bs myths that ppl use as excuses for their perceptions of beauty and weight' and im wondering if you think thatd_
_work, or if i should just steer clear of the question altogether as to avoid confusion? thanks - and your blog makes my day, like, everyday, by the way.
I think you should do the essay on what you like. But since you’ve asked for my opinion, I have personally and politically become uninterested in proving that the relationship between weight and health is complex, or rather I’ve become uninterested in proving that fat folks can be healthy. Because as you say, you don’t have to be healthy to deserve respect (and the idea that you do is very ableist, there are many many people who will never fit into traditional ideas of health, including people with disabilities, mental illness, chronic illness, etc., and at the end of the day people should be allowed to be the weight they are, regardless of health).
So it’s totally up to you what you write, that’s just where I’m at with this subject right now.