PETA Fat Shaming Blunders
Occasionally a person or two comes up with a really bad idea. Then, for whatever reason, this bad idea makes its way through channels and onto the desks of other people who sit-in-waiting for bad ideas.
The bad idea is consumed and digested by corporate connoisseurs of bad ideas, and a decision is made to go public and share this nonsense with the public-at-large. The next thing you know there is a billboard in Jacksonville, Florida, which reads, "Save the Whales. Cut the Blubber. Go Vegetarian." Catchy, isn't it?
Having read this piece of advice, we were then whisked away to the PETA website where a free "Vegetarian Starter Kit" could be downloaded. If your reaction to said billboard was something like, “Thanks for the advice but go away,” you are not alone. The billboard was taken down and replaced with one that reads, "GONE: Just like all the pounds lost by people who go vegetarian.”
PETA also offered up a press release that reminded overweight and obese people that a vegetarian lifestyle will not only help people to look good in a bikini but also can provide the energy needed to chase a beach ball. They followed this with "Trying to hide your thunder thighs and balloon belly is no day at the beach."
But Wait, There's More
PETA is in the business of stirring things up. Their billboards have caught the eye of many and the ire of some. The way PETA presents women in many of their ads has raised eyebrows and often is over the top.
While the purpose of advertising is to catch the attention of people in order to sell a product or a cause, you have to ask if catching my attention to view you as extreme and offensive is useful.
The latest objection against PETA has to do with a press release that reads "PETA Launches 'Plan B' Lifeline for Overweight Women: 'Plan V' for Vegan." Plan B, or the morning-after pill, is an FDA-approved emergency contraceptive that has been found to not prevent pregnancy in women over 176 pounds.
The release suggests that PETA assumes all women over 176 pounds are overweight, and they are once again being accused of attempting to fat-shame people into going vegan.
There is something to be said for going meat-free. Vegetarians are 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters, and a vegetarian diet reduces the risk for heart disease by 40 percent. That reduction adds seven years or more to our longevity. The American Journal of Medicine states that those who eat a low-fat vegan diet stand to lose about one pound per week even if they do not exercise. So there you have it, a few benefits to be had from going vegan.
The problem is that there is more to losing weight and maintaining that loss than just eating all our vegetables, and I should think that the good people over at PETA know that.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life