With thanks to Fat-o-matic I have been introduced to the new initiative by the Australian Government yourHealth. It is an initiative on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing to give Australians a voice on their health care. I’m not sure how much they’re actually planning to listen to it, but needless to say, it’s a very good idea to get on board and actually have a say.
I believe that we need as many Australians from the fatosphere to get on board and speak up about our health. We are entitled to a voice as much as any other Australian, and it’s important that we speak up right now that we have this opportunity.
In particular, there is a blog post over there called How should governments, industry and community groups work together to help us combat obesity? Personally, I don’t believe obesity needs to be combatted. Fat does not need to be fought, like it is some kind of enemy. But it’s very important that we take the time to go to this blog and in a clear, open, and rational manner, have our say with regards to our health. Because this whole subject of “combatting obesity” is talking about our health, not everyone else in Australia. We’ve been asking for our voices to be heard, we’ve been looking to change people’s perceptions of weight and health, so let’s not waste this opportunity to do so.
If you are Australian and you are reading this, please click on the link to yourHealth and go and register. It does require an email verification, but it’s pretty straight forward. Then click on the link above to the post about combatting obesity, and go and leave your comment there. You can leave up to 5000 words, which is plenty to articulate why it is important for the concept of health to be independent of weight and body shape/size.
It’s a good chance to share the concept of Health at Any Size and combat that whole OOGA-BOOGA obesity crisis mentality.
Let’s not let this opportunity slide by.