It’s getting hard to keep track of everything that the left says has a basis in the supposed racist undergirding of Western culture, but get ready to add another one to the list. Did you know that a healthy diet and exercise are hallmarks of white supremacy, rooted in racism and misogyny?
That’s the story, at least according to NPR, and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson picked up on it last night. In doing so, he did the dirty work so you don’t have to, isolating the most absurd contentions for us to observe.
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 14, 2022
The first example shared by Carlson is from a woman named Christy Harrison who calls herself an “anti-diet registered dietitian with a masters in public health.” How does that make any sense? Who the heck knows, but she asserts that “diet culture” (i.e. eating well, in this case) is an overarching system of beliefs and values that are “endemic” to Western culture, and things only get dumber from there.
NPR then talked to a man named Ilya Parker who claims to be “triggered” by the word “fitness” because fitness culture leads to diet culture, which is really bad or something. And remember, all this comes back to white supremacy, thus the need to “decolonize” what the rest of us just call healthy living.
Finally, NPR brought on another expert who encourages people to not let their doctors weigh them and to reject any health advice regarding weight and physical fitness. Does that sound sane or safe to you? Or does it sound like the equivalent of telling a coke addict to keep on snorting?
To contextualize this discussion, I will note that there are people who legitimately have trouble losing weight. Certain individuals are genetically predisposed to retain more fat, while others may have health conditions that make staying in shape exceptionally difficult compared to others. Different kinds of medication that may be necessary for other reasons can wreak havoc with someone’s metabolism.
But that’s not what we are talking about here, when the left pushes the idea of “decolonizing fitness.” Rather, what they are doing is encouraging people to ignore serious health risks as part of another racial grift. “Social justice” activists can make a lot of money in today’s society, after all.
Still, this isn’t a victimless scam. It’s asinine and dangerous to suggest to people that being obese is something to embrace, instead of something to combat. Everyone should be striving to stay in shape, whether they fully succeed in the end or not. Every bit of positive movement matters. But when leftwing hucksters start expressing “anti-diet” ideas while claiming it’s racist and “fat-phobic” to point people toward healthier living, they are now going down a path that will directly harm people.
The irony in that can’t be understated. The same outlets and political wings that want to forcibly jab you four times with COVID-19 vaccines and mandate you wear an N95 everywhere for “your health,” are suddenly really unconcerned about the very real dangers of obesity when it doesn’t fit their narrative. A huge number of deaths occur every year because of conditions directly related to obesity. Does the left really care about saving lives? Or do they only pretend to care when they feel it can deliver them more power? I think we know the answer to that.