We need to see more people connecting food justice and body positivism. When food justice centers around using good nutrition to become thin, it alienates people through sizeism.
Food justice activists often perpetuate a notion of “good” food, ignoring the foods of some cultures as well as shaming people’s choices. Campaigns based on negativity and shaming groups of people are not effective or helpful.
There is no one perfect weight for every person in our world. Just as we need a diverse and colorful diet, so too do we need a diverse and colorful blend of sizes and shapes for human beings. Making fresh, healthy, organic, foods available for all is an admirable goal in food justice. Singling out people of certain sizes, shaming them
and making assumptions about poor eating habits is not.
When it comes to combating hunger or access to food, there seems to be an easy consensus. Food justice encompasses ensuring fresh food to everyone, empowering people with local gardens and co-ops, eliminating animal cruelty, and eradicating food disparities.
But that agreement is not evident when it comes to the idea that thin=healthy as an ultimate goal. Regardless of the choices people make, there needs to be a place at the table for everyone.
*Some of the above opinions are inspired by blogger "The Opinoness of the World"