My first reaction was "wait, WHAT?" I was led to this spiraling stream of thoughts, from "some people are disabled then become fat" to "why does it matter as long as the person is doing what they can do to help themselves have a life worth living?"
There are several things going on with this meme, and the first hits on some very real issues with the current "obesity epidemic" panic. The thought that fatness causes disability, or that fatness is disabling. They are two separate things. Some fat people have mobility problems, but so do some tall people. Some people with mobility impairments become fat for a number of reasons, but many mobility impaired people's weights don't change. Correlation does not equal causation.
The second is what gets me as a kinesiologist. If a wheelchair helps a person get through their activities of daily living and maybe even gives them a chance to find joyful (and, dare I say, pain-free or pain-reduced) movement, then USE THE CHAIR! If a cane allows a person to walk for longer distance, then USE THE CANE! If your built environment is inaccessible to you with a manual wheelchair, the USE THE SCOOTER (or power chair or whatever else). Being able to be part of a community, to be as independent as possible, and to be happy are all components of being a healthy person
There are so many people in the disability community that are so caught up in the obesi-panic or are trying to make an artificial delineation between who counts as abled and who counts as disabled....this needs to stop. Now. There are so many people in the supposed scientific community that are spouting fat stigma messages that are just contributing to the mental unwellness of fat people (and honestly, creating a panic within disability communities to try to keep disabled kids from getting The Fat).
|My walking stick from the ren faire|
Stroll and roll happily :-)