Too Fat to Fly?
More lovely leftovers. Different combo this time 🙂
I swear these mashed sweet potatoes get sweeter and sweeter every time I eat them. Oops my mom taught me not to swear…Sorry mom!
I really could eat this veggie loaf everyday all week long….good thing, because I still have at least two more huge servings left.
Did you know there’s a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance? Apparently there’s a national association for everything. I’ve been hearing references to the NAAFA all over the place ever since Kevin Smith tweeted about getting kicked off a Southwest flight for being too fat. (Seriously? That’s wrong. But I wasn’t there, I don’t know the details. But I can read and get an idea – he bought two seat tickets in accordance with policy, then got bumped to a flight with only one seat.)
My favorite “too fat to fly tweet” courtesy of Silent Bob: [Accompanied by a picture of himself on the flight] "Hey @SouthwestAir Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!"
Or maybe: “@SouthwestAir …Don’t worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised." Hahaaaa. Gotta love a sense of humor in the face of adversity. 😉
Wow I got way sidetracked…back to this fat acceptance thing:
The NAAFA’s goal is to end size discrimination; their motto: “We come in all sizes.”
Yup, we do come in all sizes.
And no, we shouldn’t discriminate based on size.
But I think this idea is approaching a fuzzy line. Where do you draw the difference between promoting acceptance of fatness and promoting health?
I think the NAAFA concept is important- no one should be discriminated against for any reason, and it’s unfortunate that this is even an issue. It’s important to promote awareness that size discrimination does exist– if you’ve never walked in someone else’s shoes, you don’t know what they’re going through. If you’ve never been overweight, you may not realize how overweight people are treated. Or that it’s not so easy to snap your fingers and not be overweight.
I just hope while they’re in pursuit of ending size discrimination, the NAAFA also provides resources to keep people healthy and help people change their size if that’s what they choose. Helping people be healthy is really the bottom line, physically and mentally.
(I think it’s super interesting that this organization was founded back in 1969…and that they use the word “fat” throughout their literature and not overweight and obese. It’s like their dancing around the PC-ness of it all…but that’s a whole other conversation. ;))
I could go on and on supporting and analyzing both sides of this whole phenomenon, but I’d rather hear what you have to say about it…