This Livestrong slideshow on the 25 most controversial fitness figures is really interesting, because even though it doesn’t mention fatphobia, it clearly highlights several points we’ve talked about, particularly size acceptance, anti-fatness, and the gendering of weight-loss.
What I especially love about this series is that it also illustrates the questionable science behind many fitness trends, the connection between what “science” becomes commonly accepted and money, and that even basic things, like the food pyramid, aren’t accepted by everyone. I’m also seeing that fitness and fame is a white thing — there’s no mention of, say, the Black Panthers and their role in the Child Nutrition Act, or even black vegans, or even, most glaringly, OPRAH, who’s made her health journey very public.
Now, let’s flip this around. If you were making a list of your FAVORITE fitness/nutrition figures, who would be on it?
For me, it’d be.
2. Sistah Vegan
3. Oprah :blush!:
4. Cora Wen
5. This is a website, but… Stumptuous
6. Rydra Wong
I guess I like these particular blogs/figures because I want to use working out to heal/soothe my psyche, not to ingest yet another kind of toxicity. Who do you recommend?