Robert Gehl reports a professor at Arizona State University is shocked to learn that most women do not want to gain 100 pounds.
A self-described “fat woman,” Dr. Breanne Fahs published an article in the journal “Women’s Studies International Forum,” where she expressed her dismay that when asked how they would feel about gaining 100 pounds, most women hated the idea.
Fahs said that “the fear of fatness is far more extreme, exaggerated, and terrible than the lived realities of living in a fat body.”
For this peer-reviewed study, Fahs interviewed a total of 20 women, and asked them about their weight and how they would feel about the prospect of gaining 100 pounds.
As expected – because obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death – most women were less than enthusiastic about the idea. In fact, not a single one said they would be just fine with it. “No participants described gaining 100 pounds as a positive thing to imagine,” she wrote, seemingly surprised.
Also, Fahs said that not one of the 20 women “mentioned any positive aspects of fatness, and no women identified fatness as physically or personally important (even hypothetically).”
I’m not sure what positive aspects of fatness there really are. Fahs says that fatness is a potentially “liberatory” experience. She goes on to say that obesity is viewed negatively because, according to feminist theory, to stigmatize fatness is “connected to patriarchy, sexism, and the oppression of women.”
“That women did not identify the liberatory, political, or social implications of fatness seemed to reveal much about the contemporary framing of fatness as purely negative and solely based in stigma,” she writes, later adding that “thin women imagining fatness mostly see it in highly unrealistic (and intensely dreadful terms) rather than in more moderated, realistic terms.”
Dr. Fahs described the intense emotions that came with the women visualizing gaining so much weight.
More notably, imagined weight gain elicited strong and intense emotions from women, revealing the ways that body image and emotions are deeply interwoven and interconnected. The fear of fatness operates as an emotional response—one that drives women to feel anger and disappointment at themselves, dread and terror at the thought of having a fat body, and sadness and loss about imagining that their lives would end (metaphorically or literally). The emotions were visceral and intense in the room as well; women laughed, shrieked, dropped their heads to the table, covered their mouths, giggled, gasped, and nervously darted their eyes. Imagined fatness was very real, very concrete, very present for women in this study.
It’s now forbidden by the left’s rules for anybody to tell a fat person that they need to lose weight. It’s considered “fat shaming.”
This despite the fact that obesity causes a myriad of health issues and is far from “liberatory.”
Sorry, Dr. Fahs, but being obese is nothing to take pride in. It’s a serious health issue.