I read this article today: http://www.theveganrd.com/2012/04/body-shaming-fails-vegans-and-vegan-advocacy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheVeganDietitian+%28The+Vegan+Dietitian%29 It covers the issue of using body-shaming tactics in advertising. It got me thinking of the tactics used by organizations like PCRM and PETA, and their vilification of obese/overweight individuals. A lot of vegans and vegetarians have been expressing complaints that they are rejected from the vegan/vegetarian community if they are the slightest bit overweight, outright or subtly. The stories range from refusing to provide larger shirt sizes at conferences, to insisting that they must secretly be eating animal products behind closed doors as a gluttonous slob in order to carry around excess weight.
The letter in the article from Dr. Barnard is particularly enlightening- you get the impression that if you are overweight and vegan, you should step out of the way so as not to set a bad example.
I know paleo has had it's missteps with sexism when being represented by the media (summarized here: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/rant-alert-sexism-and-paleo ). I don't always have my ear to the ground on all the paleo blogs and websites out there (ya'll write so much), but I was wondering if paleo is at danger of having the same trend happen to it. As we gain popularity and critical mass, will we be represented only if we are good looking (or at least a little "wild eyed")? The recent burst of pro-real-female-bodies in response to a statement that female paleo-ers just don't look as fit is heartening to see, but I worry that it might be a dark sign of judgement that is soon to come.
Have you ever gotten the "step aside" impression that sidelines individuals that don't have the "perfect paleo body"? Do you worry that you cannot "represent" paleo if you aren't at peak physical conditon? Is the risk of being judged by the media as an unsafe or fad diet tended towards representing paleos only with fit individuals (or, at the very least, a good set of before and after photos)?