I'm going to be giving a presentation at the Leisure Studies Association conference in Canterbury in July and part of my talk is going to be about leisure organisations that have anti-obesity policies as part of their mission. There's a lot of money floating around for obesity prevention programmes in the UK at the moment, and I'm wondering of these clauses are about attempts t cash-in on that. To clarify, I don't mean diet groups or health groups, or places where you would expect to find fat hatred, I'm talking about organisations that don't have an obvious connection to "obesity". Here are three examples:
I've had dealings with The London Cycle Campaign in the past, they used to have an anti-obesity clause in their mission statement. I can't find it now, and they published my guide for fat cyclists in their magazine a while back, but they still can't resist a pop at the fatties, it seems, as demonstrated by the anti-fat bias in their reporting.
The London Pools Campaign is more explicit in their fatphobia, they link to a bunch of fat panic organisations right on their front page. I love swimming and am really sympathetic to their campaign, but I can't bring myself to support them whilst they promote hatred of me and my kind.
I was at a meeting this week, convened by an fatphobic organisation, and a spokesperson from The Ramblers, a member of this organisation, spoke up about their anti-obesity position. The Ramblers! What's the world coming to?!
Anyway, I'd like to hear from you if you know of other organisations like this that have stealth fatphobia in their aims and objectives.