|A dirty dozen gems about|
|Not just a river in Egypt|
“”Your body ain't Pamela Anderson; it's a struggle just to get you in the caravan
But listen, baby girl: before I let you lose a pound I'll buy a bigger car
|—Sebastian, "The Way I Are"|
Fat activism, fativism, or the fat acceptance movement is a social movement that works to change attitudes towards fat people, be they people who are simply larger than the "model thin standard" typical of modern Western society, or people who are actually obese. The two goals are quite different, though they are often conflated.
The first group of "fat activism" has more to do with issues of body image in the modern world. There is a strong push to define "healthy" and "at weight" as being extremely thin, especially when talking about women. These definitions do not account for a person being larger because they carry muscle mass, and often cast healthy, but larger people as "overweight" because their bodies do not conform to the maxim that one can never be too rich, nor too thin. Combating these ideas is fairly sensible.
The second group of fat activists, those who attempt to present a view that it is okay to be obese, are much less sensible. While they are correct in their assertions that obesity is a medical condition, and the obese should not be scorned, ridiculed or labeled as "lazy", these activists sometimes engage in a form of denialism, arguing against the medical evidence that being overweight has serious health effects. However, it should be noted that recent studies indicate being underweight may substantially worse for you than being even morbidly obese.