Well, last week I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Cue the trolls:
- But you brought this on yourself!
- Serves you right, you should have just put down the cheeseburger!
- I told you it would happen eventually.
- Don’t you care about your health?
- If you’d just lost weight, you wouldn’t have got diabetes.
- Well, you’ll just have to lose weight now, won’t you?
- You’re driving our taxes/health-care costs up!!
- You’ll probably die now, thanks to your obesity.
- You’re a walking heart-attack/stroke, it’s just a matter of time.
- Turns out being fat DOES mean you’ll get diabetes after all huh? Told you so. Maybe you’ll see sense and give up this fat acceptance rot now.
- Get off the sofa fatty, no wonder you got diabetes, all you do is just sit.
I could go on, but we’ve heard them all before. I just wanted to sprinkle a few out there to save the trolls some breath.
Thing is, I’m not at all unwell, nor was I when it was discovered during a routine annual blood work up (the kind every one of you should get annually, whether you’re fat, thin or in between). I have no symptoms, and every other blood test came back embarrasingly healthy.
I’ll talk more about my thoughts, feelings and the stuff around my diagnosis later (especially about my anger in taking Metformin to prevent diabetes for YEARS but developing diabetes anyway), but I just wanted to announce to the world that I am now officially… wait for it…
A BAD FATTY WITH TEH DIABEETUS!
Guess what? That doesn’t mean I’m lazy, that I eat too much, that I should have lost weight and I wouldn’t have got diabetes (tell that to my 81 year old Grandma and various other relatives on both sides of my family who sent that gene my way – who are a liberal mix of fat, thin and in between) or that I’m going to die. What it does mean is that my doctor and I are working together to optimise my health and mitigate any future issues. We are not approaching with dieting, and we are looking for a Health at Every Size (HAES) plan.
I do have to eat more. Yes, this fatty has been instructed to eat more because I am not eating enough. I need to add more Low GI foods to my daily intake. The worst thing? I cannot find Low GI information that isn’t loaded with fat shaming and weight loss crap. It’s of no use to me if it’s shaming me for my body, only if it’s informing me on the best foods to add to my daily intake. It’s frustrating and confusing because there is so much conflicting information and I see so much fat loathing and scare-mongering that I just opt out of viewing it all together.
There is a Facebook community for Diet Free Talk for Diabetes/Insulin Issues in infancy (email me if you want to be included – it is a closed, private group to keep the fat hating trolls out and preserve a safe space for us to talk) and I hope to come up with some more resources I can share with you all in time.
But most of all, today’s message is this:
A person’s health, and their body, is their own, and nobody has the right to judge, bully, troll, lecture, vilify, disrespect or discriminate against anyone for their health or their body shape or size. Even if their weight DID contribute to an illness, it’s nobody’s business but THEIRS.
So unless you have something constructive and supportive to add to the topic of diabetes and fatness, you are not welcome here.