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Welcome!  

Welcome to the seventh issue of She's All Fat!  

I'm so glad you're visiting!  This is an e-zine for every fabulous girl (or guy) out there who has felt, at some point, that their weight was an issue.  There is no discrimination here!  Even if you think you're the skinniest thing on Earth, you're very welcome here. =)  Although this 'zine is aimed specifically at girls in their teens to late twenties, anyone (I hope!) can enjoy it here.

Took me long enough, hey? =P I'm sorry to anyone I didn't get back to in a timely fashion about their pictures. Basically, I've been practically housebound with my new (very anxious!) doggie. But now I have a laptop in the house and updates should be more frequent! Yay!

I really feel the most important change in the site is to the Manifesto. So go over and check it out!

Happy Halloween! It's my favourite time of year, and this issue will show that! In Fashion, you'll find great plus-size Halloween costumes. There's some gothy goodness in the model page, Halloween poetry and fiction, and all sorts of other fun stuff! I hope you enjoy! And have a happy Halloween!! :D

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Editorial #7

2005-09-23

"Fu*k Health!"

You’ll have to excuse the strong language. But really, sometimes it is completely warranted.

You may have heard recently that Medicare has officially declared obesity a ‘disease’, not only paving the way for higher premiums for those of us with obvious health problems but also making the road to Weight Loss Surgery a heck of a lot easier for pretty much anyone who wants it.

I’m angry about this for a lot of reasons.

For one thing, the presumption that just because I am bigger than the average woman portrayed in the media – that I am bigger than a lot of women you see on the street – means that I have a disease, a sickness, infuriates me. I spent a while looking up some definitions for “disease” but when you get down to it what really concerns me is what would be considered the “layman’s” definition – what you immediately think of. And when I hear “disease” I think of Cancer. AIDS. Heart attacks. Strokes. Diabetes. Serious stuff … serious stuff that has nothing to do with obesity.

If you actually read the studies, you find that “obesity” becomes a catch-all term for “poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle.” Which I know is utter crap, and you know is utter crap, but a great percentage of the population isn’t as with it as we are – because they don’t have to care about it as deeply as we do.

We know that “obesity” – or “fat”, as I like to call it – happens whether you eat well or not, and whether you exercise well or not. Just like thin happens no matter how you eat or exercise, as does tall or short, white or black, gay or straight, boy or girl, etc., etc., etc.

Not only that, but many studies have shown that the risks of having a BMI (if you even put stock in those Godforsaken things, which I don’t) 5 pounds under what is considered an ideal weight puts you at as much of a health risk as being 100 pounds overweight. But I don’t hear Surgeon Generals talking about thinness (and the overly-excessive drive to become so) being as dangerous in America as terrorism. How strange.

The thing is, folks, – and I could be preaching to the choir here, but just in case I’m not – this whole fat freak-out in North America has nothing to do with health. Health is just the pretty bow to wrap around it so all the nice people out there who hate our guts only because of how we look can somehow justify it to themselves because they’re doing it for our own good. Hey, I’m not giving you that job? I’m yelling insults at you out of my car? I’m making pointed comments at every family get-together? I’m assuming things about your character and lifestyle and letting you know it? I’m making sure you’re excluded from wearing fashionable clothing? Hell, baby, I’m just trying to make you healthy. It’s all about the love.

Don’t even get me started on WLS – or Weight Loss Surgery. The popularity of which has gone up by something like 300% in the last couple of years. (I’m not sure of the exact number on that one, but anything else in this article I can give you statistics on, if you really wanna cross me when I’m in this kinda mood.) A number of articles have stated the death rate within a month of the surgery being “between 1 in 50 and 1 in 1000.” Um, okay. I’d like some firmer numbers, please. And shouldn’t you be giving out firmer numbers to the general populace before PERFORMING the thing on hundreds of desperate people? And I'd like every doctor out there to tell every patient that the death rates for other common surgeries (like hysterectomies) is something like 1 in 100,000?

And do you want to hear some of the side effects? I’ll tell you. Well, first of all, most of the ‘benefits’ listed are ‘losing weight’ and blood sugar levels going down. Considering that after surgery you can’t EAT SUGAR anymore, I’m not surprised. If you do eat sugar, you’ll experience ‘dumping’, which apparently is a bit like fainting and puking all at once. 10-20% of patients need follow-up surgery to correct ‘complications.’ Abdominal hernia, for patients over 350 pounds. Gallstones. Anemia. Osteoperosis. Metabolic bone disease. Peritonitis due to leaks in the digestive tract. Pulmonary embolism. Liver disease. Kidney disease. Cancer of the stomach, esophagus, pancreas and bowel. Vascular thrombosis. Other possible complications are wound infections, dehiscence, stomal stenosis, marginal ulcers, pulmonary problems, deep thrombophlebitis, pouch and distal esophageal dilation, persistent vomiting, and cholecystitis. All in the name of good health. Right?

The fact of the matter is, even if we WERE ‘doing it to ourselves’, even if we were cutting off years of life, even if we were somehow making ourselves unhealthy to be fat – that is no reason to excuse that kind of treatment. I don’t see smokers or people who use tanning beds getting exposed to the kind of virulent hatred or societal exclusion fat people get stuck with constantly. So basically I’m here to tell everybody they can stick “Health” and all their “healthy” concerns up their goddamned asses.

So, from this moment on, I am taking the bit about living ‘healthfully’ out of my “manifesto.” It is no more! Replacing it will be my personal belief in living life to the fullest and demanding every shred of dignity one deserves, whether healthy or not.

If you are really so concerned about me, look deep then into thy heart and think about why you hate me so much. And then try your hardest to change. Because this body? This huge, jiggling, beautiful belly? It isn’t going anywhere. So get used to it already.

 

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