Is Being Thin Healthy? It Doesn't Matter.Joshua David6/23/14 7:37pmFiled to: weighty matters6133EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalinkYou shouldn't accept yourself if you're obese. You shouldn't find that beautiful. The majority of this country doesn't have a gland problem, they're not big boned, their thyroid is not set to "small moon", they're Fat...I know it hurts but the simple fact is obesity is going to kill your ass. I hope the fact they accepted themselves was comforting when they had a heart attack in the middle of the night somewhere in their 40s, or perhaps a stroke.One could argue that since everyone is chipping in for everyone's healthcare nowadays that fat people, who are undeniably more prone to health problems than people with normal fat/height ratios, are costing everyone more...the costs add up, whether you want to admit it or not. But I guess it's all okay, as long as we don't hurt someone else's damned feelings, right?There are thousands and thousands of articles about the health effects of obesity - whether obesity is unhealthy; how unhealthy it is; if obesity is a primary condition or a symptom; if health effects associated with obesity are because of obesity or comorbidities; the public costs of obesity. If anywhere is the place to take to the comments section to talk about the effects of obesity on one's health, an article about the health effects of obesity is it.AdvertisementThe comments above were not on articles about the health effects of obesity. The first was on an article about fat women taking pictures of themselves feeling sexy in lingerie; the second was on an article about the negative health effects of fatphobia on children. It's impossible to write or talk about body positivity and fatphobia without a legion of concern trolls barking about the health effects of obesity, as if a) the causes of obesity are obvious and unquestioned (they're not), b) the health effects of obesity are universally negative and well-understood (they're not), and c) making people feel terrible about themselves is helpful in encouraging them to improve their health (it decidedly isn't).The argument that concern trolling is for fat people's own good is disingenuous. Much like with the subject of the relative ease of being thin, there are links I could bombard readers with about what we don't know about the causes and health effects of being fat. I could provide even more links about the negative mental and physical health effects of fat shaming. But I'm going to proceed as though everything that concern trolls say about being fat is true - that being fat is a result of gluttony and laziness, and that being fat will shorten our lives. Because even if all that is true, fat shaming is still wrong.