This is Thin Privilege

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I think that when trying to promote weight loss for any reason, a lot of people don’t consider the cost. 

Before I got into the FA movement, I desperately wanted to lose weight. One of my biggest problems was that I couldn’t afford to. It costs a lot of money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. It costs money to get a gym membership, and costs time to just go running or whatever. It costs money to buy new clothes when and if you lose enough that they don’t fit anymore. It costs money to buy special low-carb low-fat bullshit diet products. It all just takes a lot that a lot of people simply don’t have.

It takes an immense amount of privilege to be able to say things like, “Why don’t you just try eating/not eating this?” or “Try this product, I lost x lbs on it!” or “Just go to the gym!”, especially when they counter any “excuse” by saying that it’s not that expensive. 

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  1. punkrockdev reblogged this from wittingaccomplice
  2. gallifreyansub reblogged this from wittingaccomplice and added:
    Also they fail to consider that their geographic location may be dissimilar from others. I know in some cities you don’t...
  3. spookgirls reblogged this from ceopants and added:
    #i feel like most people that talk about obesity problem in america chooses to ignore that it mostly happens to poor...
  4. kliapatra said: You also have to consider the opportunity cost. The hours spent preparing foods and exercising in the gym might be hours you could have been working to save more to move out of a shitty home or spending with your children.
  5. somethingtrivial said: To the vegan that said that fruits and veggies are cheap: it *really* depends on your area and what fruits/veggies are available there. Here a pack of chicken or beef is 3 dollars vs 6 for a head of lettuce/cabbage/or quality fruit