What if we, as a society, took some of the money that we’re spending on fighting the existence of fat people and instead invested it into clean energy?
As Kath points out, the amount of money spent on weight loss is ridiculous, and could go to so many better uses:
The weight loss industry alone was worth almost $800 million just here in Australia. Can you imagine what could be done for $800 million per year in this country? We could all have completely free health care for every Australian, more than we would ever need. People with disabilities could have all of the equipment that they would ever need, and any support and care they would ever need. No human being in Australia would go without food, water or housing. Education would be free for our whole lives, from kindergarten through any university studies that we would care to take on. Medical research into every known actual disease, from the common cold to cancer could be funded fully.
Here in the US, the weight cycling industry is worth $66 billion. 66 fucking billion.
Can you even imagine if we invested some of that in clean, renewable sources of energy so that thousands of people wouldn’t die prematurely from coal pollution every year, let alone from the effects of climate change?
It makes me incredibly angry that people are dying from both fatphobia and environmental destruction.
I wish so badly that we could kill those two birds with one stone instead of continuing to pour money into a industry that hurts, maims, and kills.
I wish so badly that we lived in a different world.