Today in Fat Hatred

[Content Note: Fat hatred; possible trigger for disordered eating.]

Yesterday, a collection of jackasses were handing out these cards to fat passengers on the London tube:

image of the card being handed out, with the text transcribed below
Overweight Haters Ltd | It's really not glandular, it's your gluttony... | Our organisation hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves. We disapprove of your wasting NHS [National Health Service] money to treat your selfish greed. And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by eating less you will be better off, slimmer, happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even find a partner at all. We also object that the beautiful pig is used as an insult. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human.
Although they were ostensibly being handed out to fat passengers generally, every instance I saw yesterday, as well as every instance documented in this BBC article, describes the cards being handed to fat women.

Each and every damnable lie shoved into this tiny rectangle of fat hatred is something I've addressed in the Fatsronauts 101 series, as well as how the "fat people are are drain on resources" meme is straight-up eliminationist garbage.

Once again, I will observe that people who purport to care about fat people's health and happiness use, without a trace of irony, the most vicious and abusive strategies in order to harm us. And they scold us for "failing to grasp" their narratives about our lives, despite the fact that they are disgorging the most ignorant swill as though it's well-informed fact.

This sort of aggressive hostility toward fat people is only going to become more common, if governments continue their "war on obesity" using rhetoric that frames fat people as a threat and a problem that needs to be solved. We are routinely described as parasites, epidemic, the target of a war that needs to be won (by thin people). Inflammatory rhetoric is naturally going to lead to our harm.

That's how it works. Every time.

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