This is where I change gears and get on my soapbox. Earlier this week, I was talking with some friends about C25K and this blog. One of them suggested I take another look at some of the resources for "Healthy At Every Size" and the Fat Acceptance movement. This was something I felt reluctant to do and with good reason. Over time, both movements morphed into something that disregarded dignity and common sense. The thoughtful, smart advocates like Kate Harding are still writing, but they're often drowned out by those who offer a lot of noise and little substance.
From my point of view as a fat woman trying to not only get fit, but get closer to well, here is what I think we don't need and what we could use:
- The people who are putting themselves out there as fat athlete heroes need to be transparent about their regimens. What are they eating? What are their workouts really like? Outrageous claims, stunts, and sketchy wallet-taps aren't helping.
- We need good science that backs information we can use at our various stages of fitness training and in some cases rehabilitation towards better health.
- Positive feedback starts with the first step on the track. Gonna drop being polite here. Sometimes "You go, brave fat person!" can be as humiliating as someone mooing, oinking, or smirking. "G'morning!" or "Hello!" or "I love your shoes!" is a good way to greet someone when you meet them on the trail or track.
- We need better gear. It needs to be affordable, because if we do this right, our needs will change as our bodies go from flab to fab. This is especially true when it comes to shoes.
This is just a start. Much of it probably not news to anyone who has taken this proverbial walk ahead of me. Now I'll step off my soapbox and back on the treadmill and the track.
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