Hey-Hey-Hey! It’s Larger-Bodied Albert!

Hey-Hey-Hey! It’s Larger-Bodied Albert!

So this week we learned that saying pregnant women is baddy-bad-bad-bad. Instead, to be “inclusive,” we must call them birthing people. And, now we can’t call fat people “fat people.” Instead, they are larger-bodied people.

Yeah. Really.

Larger-bodied people LA Times tweet

Boy. Those “Your Mother’s So Fat” jokes just got more complicated, didn’t they?

“Your birthing person’s so larger-bodied, she wore a yellow raincoat and people yelled ‘Taxi!’”

“Your birthing person’s so larger-bodied, she’s got more Chins than an AAPI phone book!”

The article headline from the LA Times: “Fat shaming, BMI and alienation: COVID-19 brought new stigma to large-sized people.”

Larger-bodied, large-sized.

For the life of me, I don’t know how saying Larger-bodied or Large-sized is any less “stigmatizing” than saying Fat or Obese. But that’s me.

The upshot of the story is this: Doctors tell fat patients to lose weight.

The horror!!!

The Wuhan Pandemic did its most damage among those who are obese. That’s just a fact.

But heaven forbid doctors tell obese patients to drop the weight.

Instead, doctors must ignore their obligations and instead practice “fat acceptance.” And heaven forbid they treat obesity like the health crisis it is.

“Weight stigma by healthcare providers has been documented for decades,” says the LA Times article.

Yes, doctors telling fat people, sorry, larger-bodied people, to lose weight in order to decrease the likelihood that they develop the myriad of medical problems that come with obesity is now considered “weight stigma.”

Would we call it “cig stigma” to tell a smoker to quit smoking?

Is it “alcohol stigma” to tell a boozehound with an enlarged liver to cut back on the booze?

When Lupus made my previous physically active lifestyle impossible, I put on weight. Too much weight if you want to know the truth.

Both my GP and my rheumatologist were brutally honest with me: change my eating habits, find a source of exercise my Lupus could tolerate and lose the freaking weight. The added pounds were only going to make matters worse for me. And if I wanted to minimize the arthritis symptoms caused by Lupus, the best way is to take the added pressure off my joints by dropping the fat.

Harsh words. But it needed to be said. And I’m grateful they said it.

My doctors aren’t there to salve my tender feelings. They’re there to treat my disease. Their job is to help me find ways to minimize the damage Lupus does to my body.

It would be malpractice for a doctor to pretend obesity is perfectly fine.

And calling them larger-bodied people doesn’t make them any healthier.

So why on earth is there a push to normalize obesity?

Well, stigmatizing larger-bodied people is, hang on to your hats folks, racist.

Yup. Of course it is.

“I started to think almost immediately about what it would look like for me as a fat Black person,” said panelist Da’Shaun L. Harrison, whose exploration of race and weight, “The Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness,” will be published in August.

“I know how the medical industry engages people who look like me,” Harrison said, “who show up with bodies like mine, with skin like mine, right?”

Good grief. Always the victim.

Harrison knew because of a lifetime of interactions with doctors who looked at the body before them and wanted to treat weight instead of asthma or gastro-intestinal distress, who celebrated Harrison’s weight loss as a child instead of addressing the illness that caused it.

For crying out loud. If I’m bleeding to death, first and foremost, I want the doctors to get the bleeding stopped. We can worry about what caused the bleeding after they stop me from bleeding to death.

“Especially as a kid, it was very damaging for me,” Harrison said. “It set a precedent for me that it didn’t matter how good I did or did not feel in my body. What mattered was if I was thin.”

From a medical standpoint? Yes, a healthy bodyweight is more important to a doctor than how you feel in your body. Sweet merciful Zeus.

The 24-year-old showed up in an ambulance at an Atlanta emergency room in the heart of the pandemic: a fat, black nonbinary person who uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” with a cough and chest pains, who hadn’t slept and had trouble breathing.

“A fat, black nonbinary person who uses the pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them.”

Maybe it’s me, but I laughed out loud reading that.

Sounds like “they” has a promising future at the CIA.

Harrison had just been lifted out of the ambulance. They were lying on a stretcher in the early morning darkness, terrified they had COVID-19 and could die, fearful of what would happen to them once inside the hospital walls. A male nurse walked up.

“Wow, you’re so big,” he said to Harrison by way of introduction. “The first thing we need to do is get this weight off you.”

So?

What was he supposed to do? Ask “them” what “their” pronouns are?

Obesity is a killer. Obese people … sorry … larger-bodied people are more likely to die of COVID than people who are physically healthy. They’re also more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Reading through the replies from that tweet from the LA Times, I couldn’t believe how many were disgusted and angry at the “rude” nurse for stating the blazingly obvious – obesity is unhealthy.

I don’t want doctors to practice “fat acceptance.” I want doctors who are honest with me. They’re doctors, for crap’s sake. They are supposed to tell you the truth about your health.

Doctors and nurses shouldn’t lie just to protect the tender feelings of fat … sorry, larger-bodied people any more than they should lie and tell a smoker that his two-pack a day habit is no big deal.

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16 thoughts on “Hey-Hey-Hey! It’s Larger-Bodied Albert!

  • May 9, 2021 at 9:56 am
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    I think the best way to combat these people are just to ignore them or tell them to shut the hell up. They get more power the more outrage people get

    • May 9, 2021 at 9:59 am
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      Never underestimate the power of mockery.

  • May 9, 2021 at 10:36 am
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    I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that the healthy person inside of you is going to survive the Wuhan Flu. The bad news is that the fat person surrounding the healthy person ain’t going to make it and will drag the healthy person with it.

  • May 9, 2021 at 10:54 am
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    Ok, I’m just going to say it. To all those wringing their hands about the stupid fat people who are going to catch covid and pass it along to healthy people to kill them—just stop it. Fat people are not killing healthy people. If you are healthy, you can still get covid, but there is a 1% chance that you will die. Everyone has an equal chance of getting it. If you are unhealthy, then you are at increased risk of complications including death. Skinny people are infecting others as much as fat people. What’s next? Ridiculing blacks, asians, gays, cancer survivors, Jews, and those with Lupus who contract covid? I disagree with playing the victim card for any condition and hate PC speech, but there is a trend right now of looking for someone to blame for covid, and the current flavor is fat people. We are better people than that. Let’s act like it.

    • May 9, 2021 at 11:22 am
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      First of all, nowhere in this post do I accuse fat people of infecting skinny people. You’re arguing against a straw man. The facts show that obesity is more likely to make COVID fatal — fatal for the obese person, not for skinny people. Nowhere in this post do I blame fat people for COVID. You’re objecting to things I did not say.

      I am ridiculing this need to downplay the danger of obesity by using the phrase “larger-bodied” to describe obese people. Just like using “birthing people” to describe pregnant women in order to be “inclusive” of women who imagine they are men. I am objecting to this idea that it’s “fat-shaming” for doctors to advise people to lose weight.

      In your rush to get upset over things I did not say, you entirely missed the point.

      • May 9, 2021 at 2:16 pm
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        I saw a table the other day of your chances of dying of covid by age, gender and complications.

        I was surprised to see that almost everybody has a 99% or greater chance of survival, with one exception. Males over 80 with “complications” have a 75% chance of survival. It stood out as the most endangered group. Everybody else will be fine except for that one group.

        They didn’t go further into what “complicatons” they were talking about, but you can bet that fat-bodies are right up on the list in that group.

        I think the secret is to change your sex or die before you reach 80 or something to lower the risk.

    • May 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm
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      Annie Rose must have come here after reading a cnn story about ‘fat people’ with covid, to make a comment about ‘something’ that was never mentioned in this story. Sometimes, reading comprehension skills get laid aside when the scales of victimhood causes blindness.

      • May 9, 2021 at 2:23 pm
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        Annie is a regular, loyal reader. You can disagree and debate her without being a dick you know. I know our internet culture encourages dick-like behavior. But rise above it.

        • May 9, 2021 at 7:29 pm
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          I enjoy visiting your site for your witty and erudite observations of the world. Your “comments” to comments leave much to be desired. You always take a snark attitude when you might just respond. But it is your site, so, go for it! Mama so fat she rolled over and her zipcode changed!

    • May 9, 2021 at 8:51 pm
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      Fat people are not killing healthy people. Unless they accidentally sit on them, of course.

  • May 9, 2021 at 6:42 pm
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    Obesity is unhealthFUL, not unhealthy. Geez!

  • May 9, 2021 at 9:43 pm
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    I am not fat, I’m volumetrically enhanced.

  • May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am
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    Albert says the bathroom scale cringes when he comes in the room: larger-bodied self-deprecation

    ,,

  • May 10, 2021 at 9:35 am
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    Just to clarify, my criticism was not of your writing, which I greatly admire and enjoy, but of the path that one of the previous commenters was starting to take, specifically the one who wrote: “ The bad news is that the fat person surrounding the healthy person ain’t going to make it and will drag the healthy person with it.” There is a new narrative afoot across various platforms to begin to blame the victims of covid -whether party animals, church goers, elderly, the young, heart disease survivors, cancer patients, those with developmental delays, the autistic, smokers, or fatties- for spreading the disease to others. These stories and comments are now focused on fat people and how they are giving covid to others and should be targeted if they refuse to be vaccinated. This is planned and deliberate. The goal is to pressure, guilt, shame, shun, and threaten various groups into being vaccinated. There are now articles written by psychologists, social workers, and etiquette coaches on how to convince “deluded” family and friends to take the jab. The advice is that if they refuse, all contact should be cut off, including keeping grandparents from visits with grandchildren. That path is facism and we cannot remain silent when we see it.

    • May 10, 2021 at 9:43 am
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      Thanks for clarifying that. And, yes. The “shun them” “lecture them” “guilt them” route is absolutely dangerous. I couldn’t agree more.

  • May 10, 2021 at 10:17 am
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    Your momma is so large-bodied that when she was diagnosed with the flesh-eating virus, the doctors only gave her 40 years to live.

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