THE F WORD FAT™
What makes THE F WORD FAT™ unique?
THE F WORD FAT™ is an independent company not affiliated with any programs, surgeons, hospitals, medical practices, pharmaceutical or medical device companies. We know how difficult it is to confront and talk about weight-related issues and how hard it is to find programs and inservices developed specifically to meet specific situations. Be it educating healthcare professionals, speaking to professional associations and community groups or providing one-on-one counseling about weight bias, discrimination and fat shaming, we are able to take this sensitive topic and bring new understanding and sensitivity to participants.
How serious is this problem?
We are a fat-phobic society with an ever-increasing overweight and obese population. There is a certain irony in all of this. Despite the statistic that two-thirds of the adult population in the US is either overweight or obese, weight bias, discrimination and fat shaming are on the rise. This means these behaviors are prevalent across all weight groups and any decrease one might have expected from the affected class is clearly not present. Unlike racism, where there has been ongoing unity among African Americans to eliminate discrimination, there is no such weight-focused publicly recognized movement . So instead, the prevalence of insults, discrimination and abusive behavior, not to mention the all-too accepted ritual of “fat jokes” continues pretty much unchecked and often times even encouraged.Consider the following interaction between David Letterman and Kirstie Alley.
What would have happened if the word “fat” had been replaced by “black”, “retarded”, “gay” or any number of other protected classes? Inconceivable. And yet, making fun of someone who is fat is just “good clean fun”, which is unacceptable.
THE F WORD FAT™ is committed to changing this landscape. There is never a reason, excuse or instance when weight bias, discrimination or fat shaming should be considered OK. Let us be your partner in eliminating this problem.
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