Our guest post today comes from the delightful Sara, who writes in with a question for all our readers:
I am fat. I have diabetes. The two are in no way related to one another. Interesting how that works, huh? I have type 1 diabetes, so my pancreas is going to be dead regardless of what the number on the scale says, regardless of what I eat or don’t eat, and regardless of whether or not I exercise. Being healthy is just as good for me as it is for anybody, but my diabetes is here to stay. Even if I was type 2, as Rachel points out, it probably wouldn’t be due to my weight, but to genetics.
Here’s where the problem comes in. I love reading all the blogs in the fatosphere, and they have helped me change my body image 100% over the last few months. I am also somewhat active in an online diabetes community, TuDiabetes. The two communities aren’t meshing well for me lately, and I often find threads on the discussion boards where people talk about how they need to lose X amount of weight, or posts where people beat themselves up for eating a bag of chips, or posts where people are told by a doctor to lose weight in order to cure their diabetes. It’s hard to talk about fat acceptance in a community that has been told by the medical establishment that losing weight will cure their diabetes will go away, and where people whole-heartedly believe that their success in managing their diabetes is related to how much weight they can lose.
This is especially disconcerting because weight gain is a side affect of good diabetic control. It also places the emphasis on managing weight, when that emphasis should be placed on learning to balance carbohydrates and insulin.
How do I respond to this misinformation and obesophobia?
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