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Too Fat for an Eating Disorder

Everyone is too obsessed with thinness and it is imposed on everyone. Forcing us to see diet culture as the norm. There is a punishment for not aspiring and actively working on thinness.

Everywhere you turn, there is a reminder of diet culture. Along with this, there are messages that say fat people “eat too much”.

Obese people are automatically considered binge eaters in society, and mental health professionals are not exempt from this belief. Much of the implicit bias training for eating disorder mental health professionals lacks the appropriate weight bias tools. The DSM-5 does a lousy job tackling weight discrimination and many other isms.

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Imagine being fat and black with an eating disorder and visiting a professional who has not had weight bias training, anti-racism training, and is unaware of their own prejudice against fat black women. Many eating disorders in the black community are underdiagnosed and unreported.

“Eating disorders are multifactorial, as we all know. From my experiences, which is my own clinical evidence, all forms of eating disorders are linked in various ways to weight stigma, which is rooted in our cultural norms. – Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, F.IAEDP

For years, mental health professionals have tried to refute the fact that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are linked to weight restriction. Well, that’s not really true. There are tons of fat people who are anorexic.

“Anorexia is not a unique pattern: it is so much deeper than that. We need to move away from the mentality that all people with anorexia are thin and look deeper. “- Hope Virgo

It is extremely common for people to dismiss the fact that an obese person also suffers from eating disorders.

People with restrictive eating disorders end up being celebrated for limiting their intake, especially those who are obese. And what is everyone else supposed to be trying to achieve? Slimming! Restrictive eating is too much celebrated because of its association with weight loss.

Media portrayal of obese people plays a role in how most people view obese people. Who remembers the Yoplait ad?

It is important that big brands take responsibility for not taking a stand against diet culture. Last year, Tik Tok made a statement in a blog post. Their group’s announcement on restrictive food ads.

“As a society, weight stigma and body shame pose both individual and cultural challenges, and we know that the internet, if left unchecked, risks exacerbating these problems,” said TikTok in a blog post. “That’s why we are focused on protecting our community from harmful content and behavior while supporting an inclusive and body-positive environment. “

“A child is 242 times more likely to have an eating disorder than to have type 2 diabetes.”

Shouldn’t there be an “eating disorder” epidemic or something like that? No? Oh, I guess they haven’t figured out how to make money with it.

Many obese people are underdiagnosed for eating disorders. Obese people should do whatever it takes to be lean does not help obese people access adequate treatment. More mental health professionals should receive training. The American Psychiatric Association needs to review eating disorder diagnosis and make it less fatphobic.

Do you value the health of obese people?




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