Fat-shaming has been making its rounds lately. According to The Week on Dec. 3 2013, reported that PETA is making the rounds yet again, using typical scare tactics. The PETA has had past campaign slogan's such as "To animals, all people are Nazis" and "Save the whales, lose the blubber, go vegetarian".
The manufacturer of the morning after pill claim that the contraceptive may be ineffective for women over 176 lbs. This doesn't take in account the women's body max index or body fat. this brings us to PETA's plan V. That is plan vegan. They claim losing weight so you can qualify to take the plan b contraceptive, also known as the morning after pill.
They continued to tell women that adapting to a vegan diet would help shed weight. They claim that vegans are about 18% thinner than non vegans. There is no evidence whatsoever, that eating a vegan diet will help you shed weight. Vegans do eat more vegetables and fruits, still 25% of vegans are obese. Today there is so much ‘junk foods’ that are vegan approved that strictly being vegan is not a sure thing for weight loss. PETA released the below statement on the Plan V campaign.
It’s unfortunate that we cannot have a productive discussion about women’s health without the conversation devolving into accusations of “fat shaming.” Until Plan B is modified to work for women of all heights and weights, we want women to know that switching to a vegan diet is a healthy way for the vast majority of women, who are, on average, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, to maintain or regain access to this form of emergency contraception. Just as all women should have access to reproductive planning tools, all women deserve to know that adopting a plant-based diet is a great way to improve their health, regardless of their height, weight, or reproductive status. Not only are vegans less prone to obesity, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, they are also less likely to suffer from heart disease and cancer, and they have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than meat-eaters do, on average. Recent research disputing the idea that a person can be obese and healthy further underscores that what is truly shameful is attempting to silence those who are letting women know what healthy weight-loss options are available to them.
There are so many things wrongs with the way PETA is marketing their campaigns.Let's face it, there campaigns have always lacked being anything but shocking. They compared those who kill animals for food to Nazi's and women to whales. That is a great way to get support, in general –sarcasm intended. Second, they scare women into believing if they weigh 176 lb. and over, the morning after pill will not work on them. Lastly, they promise weight loss. One can lose weight on any diet. To truly live a vegan lifestyle, it must come from convictions within. You cannot be led to feel guilt over eating meat or not sticking to a vegan diet. The PETA really needs to work on their campaigns before people stop listening, for good.
What do you think of meat eaters being compared to Nazis? Do you think vegans are thinner?