The Australian federal government has set up a Preventative Health Taskforce. It’s to make recommendations on preventative strategies to combat the ‘burden of chronic disease currently caused by obesity, tobacco and the excessive consumption of alcohol’.
(emphasis mine) From Fat-O-Matic.
I just cant help my mind being a wee bit boggled when I see things Obesity being held up next to things like Smoking and Drinking. As though no one else but me noticed that fat is not an action word.
“OMG! Did you see that girl! She’s Fating! Doesn’t she know that’s bad for her?”
Fat is not a verb people! That’s why I have to use the cumbersome phrase *Is fat at Austrailan Preventative Health Taskforce* In lieu of *fats at the Austrailian Preventative Health Taskforce* because without some conjuration of the word to be fat can not be an action.
I fat, you fat, he/she/it fats? uhhh I think not people.
Fat is not an action, though there are actions that they could address? Binge eating, that’d be a good one, Starving, also a good one. Excersizing, that could be a good one as long as they don’t assume that excersizing will immediately lead to an end to Fating. The same with healthy eating.
I know everyone reading this blog already gets this point. I just… GRRRRR. It is ridiculous to see something like “being fat” put next to action verbs like smoking and drinking. Why don’t they put Shortness up there too? Or Tallness, I hear there is a tallness epidemic going on now!
It is not a subtle difference to people with a brain, smoking v. obesity. I feel bad for smokers all the time. In Chicago smokers have such a hard time, they can’t smoke inside, but they can’t smoke outside either, someone might WALK THROUGH THEIR SMOKE. They are relegated to pathetic smoker corridors (there is an alley behind our office building that they use.) And that sucks. But the thing is, theoretically, they could stop. They could stop being people who smoke, they could stop smoking, and then they would just be people.
I can’t stop fating. I sometimes feel like people wish they could put me in an alley, so I don’t pollute the world by making them WALK BY MY FAT. I am not a person who fats, I am a person who is fat. I could do some other actions, starving and exercising, but those wont end my being fat.
Fat is not something that I do, it is something that I am. A task force that combats obesity is not combating my negative actions, it is fighting against me, who I am.
I am fat
You are fat
He/she/it is fat
We are fat
Y’all are fat
They are fat
No task force can change what we are.