Archive for May, 2010

23 May, 2010

Alicia Silverstone goes Vegetarian

Hollywood nice girl, Alicia Silverstone, author of “The Kind Diet” goes vegetarian.

Yah, the Vegan / Vegetarian community has another role model to inspire and delight. Hollywood actress Alicia Silverstone, of Clueless fame, and also author of “The Kind Diet” has made the leap to vegetarian.

A good role model for people who are wanting to make the transition from omnivore to vegetarian. There by showing that vegetarian is not an extreme diet, and vegetarian options are everywhere.

Going vegetarian is so easy, every meat eater should try it… and then go vegan.

*Alicia Silverstone’s use of the word flirt has a specific meaning: “Flirting” (going meatless and dairy-free when you can)
Alicia Silverstone Quit Counting Calories – With Her “Kind Diet”

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17 May, 2010

Death on a poppy-seed bun

on a ALV background cows in a burger, added quote by Pythagoras

The quote from Pythagoras “As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.” is about 2500 years old. Nothing has changed. In all his time, the human species has not evolved beyond massacre and slaughter.

Also, for people to claim that veganism is a new ideal, invented in the 1970s or 1990s, are perhaps deliberately misleading. The “Father of Veganism” is not a writer living in New York now, if anything, it was Pythagoras. In fact, Pythagorean Diet, excluding meat and many animal products was the term used to describe vegetarian-style eating until only recently in our history.

People with compassion have been talking about not killing animals for 25 centuries, and we have yet to see a Vegan Revolution take hold.

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Animal Liberation Victoria for the background image of the cows-on-a-bun, from their previous “name it murder” campaign. Link takes you to their front door.


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15 May, 2010

Is McDonalds the most evil corporation on the planet?

disclaimer: I am vegan, I haven’t stepped inside a McDonald’s for any reason, since I was 15 and saw a documentary in Economics class detailing the destruction of the Amazon rain forest for hamburgers.

However, I overheard some parents recently talking about how their pre-school kids prefer to eat hamburgers and not their vegetables, and how they were getting so chubby.

One of the mothers said, she was also putting on weight because she was eating the junk food too, but it was easier to give in to their kids than fight it. Then one of the parents added, “yeah, McDonalds are so evil”.

But are they really one of the most evil food producers? McDonalds are selling a product that people buy. They are supplying to meet a need (or ‘want’). This is why they have inspired so many rivals.

Are they selling a product which can kill people? Yes. Are they selling a product that does kill BILLIONS of animals. Hell yes. Is the Amazon rainforest being chopped down to make cattle ranches? Yes (may or may not be McDonalds doing it)

If the true cost of a hamburger was reflected in the charge to consumers it would sell for about $100. The pollution, chemical waste, health care costs, environmental degradation, and subsidies of farming from governments, none of these factors are considered in the retail cost.

They do these things because they can. Because it is not illegal, because people continue to buy their product. What ever problems society has with them is a reflection of that society and not a company who is in business to make a profit.

Critics are outspoken about McDonalds in particular, rather than focusing on fast-food in general, with websites Anti Mcdonalds Website, Why McDonalds is an Evil Corporation, McSpotlight, multi-million pound court cases sueing critics in the McLibel case, and movies such as .

There was a big controversy recently in New Zealand when Weight-Watchers (TM) teamed up with McDonalds to add the Weight-Watchers logo to select items to the menu. And in return Weight-Watchers will promote McDonalds. But Weight-Watchers (TM) food is so full of artificial low fat, fake sugar additives anyway, they seem like perfect partners to me.

But why are animal welfare groups getting upset that they treat the animals badly? They sell dead bodies and all you care about the size of the cages or slaughtering methods?

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Why are parents getting upset that their kids fill up on junk food and not vegetables? There must a reason why they do it.

Why are health officials upset at the levels of saturated fats, salt, sugar, etc in the food? McDonalds sell what they are legally allowed to. In the US President Obama wanted to crack down on the level of salt in food and Glen Beck and other talking heads acted like it was the coming of the Fourth Reich.

Why are busy working parents, on low incomes feeding their family this pretend food? Because healthy food isn’t always, fast, cheap or available, and fast food requires no arguments over who cleans up.

Why do more 3 year-olds recognise the McDonalds golden M symbol than their own name? Is this really McDonalds problem, or a problem with when the legislators allow junk food to be advertised to children? and the parents who feed their children junk.

McDonalds – and fast food corporations like it – are symptoms. They show us what is wrong with the nutritional information available, and the healthy alternative messages not getting out, animal liberation allowing the animal debate to be dominated by welfarists, lack of information about healthy, fast, cheap alternatives, access to nutritious alternatives. What ever problems we have with them and their rivals – from labour practices, to environmental destruction, to animal welfare issues, the ads and toy products aimed at very young children, or even just the food itself – this is what we (as a society) have allowed to happen.

And if we don’t like it, what are we doing besides complaining about it.

…. And in terms of what it is doing to our kids health, At least it’s not a KFC Double-Down – that’s a whole other story.


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13 May, 2010

Let’s pity the hard life of a vegetarian


Guest post: Del

I’m talking “ethical vegetarians”, if you are vegetarian for religious, health, taste, weight-loss, family or economic reasons or whatever your reason is, I admire the difficult stand you take in a world dominated by the meat and dairy industries. Eating less meat for whatever reason, you are doing a wonderful thing.

However, Reading a lot of vegetarian online blogs recently, and what gets me is how they think they have a “lifestyle”, how tough life is for them, with lots of people offering advice on how to “survive a vegetarian emergency” or how to travel as a vegetarian, how to survive a dinner with a meat eater … All I can say is W-T-F?

How hard is to take the meat off your plate. Because that is the only change to a life. If you say you are vegetarian “for the animals” but that is the only change you make to life, taking the meat off your plate, without taking a closer look at the battery chickens that produce your eggs, the sheep that produce your wool or slaughtered to produce your Ugg boots, or veritable Noah’s Ark of animals slaughtered to produce leather, or the absolute sadism involved in milk.

If someone says they are vegetarian for the animals, they must know that animals suffer for their food, clothes, personal care products, and so many other products, then why not take the next step. Life isn’t hard, you’re barely making any changes at all.

You’re a vegetarian not a vegan, take the meat out! How hard is that?

How complicated is to take a moral stand on the ethics of eating animals when the daily life of a dairy cow is insanely more cruel than for beef cattle.

I know that I hate the “corpse-muncher” comments, and believe there is a more effective way to get people to change their diets, away from death-for-profit eggs, dairy and meat, let’s just stop with the whining about how hard life is as an ethical vegetarian. While I admire your stance regarding the eating of meat, take the next step.

WARNING: CONTAINS VERY GRAPHIC IMAGERY

Narrated by the gorgeous Alec Baldwin

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If you are an “ethical vegetarian” and can watch this all the way through, and still want to drink your dairy milk, let’s talk.


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11 May, 2010

Meat eaters are killing their children


Guest post: Del

This current generation of children, will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. Up til now, each new generation has lived longer lives, due to advances in knowledge, medicine, health and hygiene practices, work practices. But we – in the Western World collectively – are killing our children.

De-evolution of Man

By letting large multinationals put profits before healthy nutritious food, by letting bio-tech companies engineer poisons and neuro-toxins and bacteria into food and calling it “genetically modified”, by allowing governments to irradiate food and grow it in toxic waste. By feeding children junk food because it’s easier for busy parents to acquiesce than cook a healthy meal. Because junk food has replaced real food.

Because meat and dairy producers feed their animals a chemical cocktail of growth hormones, rendered bodies parts of diseased animals (even to grass eating animals) even of their own species, road kill or euthanised pet dogs and cats; anti-biotics the same class used to treat humans which will leave humans vulnerable to the increase in antibiotic bacterias; toxic sludge, pesticides, insecticides, fertilisers; animal waste (manure) which can contain antibiotics and hormones, dirt, rocks, sand, wood; whatever junk is swept of the floor of the factory farms, plastic pellets for roughage as these animal diets contain little fibre. By the time the animal gets to slaughter or the milk is produced it may contain salmonella, pus, BLV (Bovine Leukemia virus), Mad Cows Disease (BSE – Bovine Spongieform Encephalopathy), Scrapie (a disease in sheep which is closely related to Mad Cows Disease), myco-bacterium paratubercolosis in milk.

Yum!


By feeding children a diet high in fast food, they are getting excessive amounts of chemicals, saturated fats, trans-fats, salt and sugars and depending where the food is grown or raised nuclear waste. This is leading to increases in diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, anti-biotic resistance diseases, possible cancers, bacterias, viruses and toxins.

The end result is meat eaters are feeding their children a diet that will kill them.


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8 May, 2010

Being vegan rips my soul out sometimes

Walking around, all I could notice was the animals, dead, being used. Is that all the value of their life is to us – things?

The people stuffing their faces with meat, dairy, eggs, because ‘it tastes good?’. Humans should hang their heads in shame, once living beings reduced to satisfying your taste buds for a few minutes.

It’s not even the meat, or the cheese. It is the fat, the sugar, salt, MSG, spices and sauces that people like. Have a nice piece of marinated tofu instead, fried with chillies, onions, garlic, black pepper, and a couple of slices of tomato, lettuce, avocado, on a wholemeal burger and you wouldn’t even notice the difference.

Green, white and black pepper.

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Dead bodies everywhere. And people don’t even give it a second though. Being vegan rips my soul out sometimes. But I just can’t be any other way. And if it was a choice, give up being vegan or give up my family and family, no contest, I would never eat animals for any reason.

I don’t care why people go vegan, I don’t believe in moral purity is the one true path, if someone stops using and eating animal products, who am I to question that. Do it for you appearance, to save money, because you say you are an environmentalist, because your kids want you to live longer, because your doctor tells you, to lose weight, to feed the world and save the forests, save on dry-cleaning cost, because old personal care products don’t work… Who cares why, find a reason, and do it.

Starting a new season of Vegan Reach-Out soon, maybe it might have an impact on someone.


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8 May, 2010

Is Vegan Enough? Food that oppresses people

Since 8 May is both World Fair Trade Day and International Boycott Proctor & Gamble Day, I thought I would take a quick look at an issue that combines both those topics.

Thinking about the people who produce the food we consume, can change the way we look at it. It is not just a one more consumer product, it can be someone’s life.

Taking a look at one product, Coffee, which is vegan, but is it good for people, Third World (* ) communities or the environment. And if it is bad for the environment, it isn’t good for animals.

How does Fair Trade coffee relate to P&G, one of the largest producers of consumer products, cleaning products, personal care products, and pseudo-chip-in-a-can products….?

Four companies – Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Kraft and Sara Lee purchase over 40% of the world’s coffee beans, which gives them a large control of the industry. Dictating terms and conditions. These companies are also involved in animal experimentation and cruelty to animals via their dairy and meat products. These four big multinationals get to set the prices paid for the raw coffee beans to over 20 million sellers, forcing the prices down, and paying as little as possible.

And when farmers and communities are not getting a living wage from their crops, this leads to an increasing vicious cycle of local poverty, deforestation to grow more crops, habitat and biodiversity destruction and national debt.

Third World poverty – forced by the World Bank to grow crops for exports to pay back exorbitant debts, often racked up by despots but paid back by peasants. Coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, when many poor countries are producing these “staples” the price for these commodities drops. These countries are making less and less, but growing these crops is often a condition of their loans. For whose benefit is this? These are not crops the local people can live on. Yes they might be vegan, but the human suffering is huge. The environmental devastation via massive land clearing and monoculture crops is also huge.

The leading coffee producers and exporters in order

Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia ,Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Thailand, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Venezuela, Cameroon, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi, Madagascar, Haiti, Rwanda, Guinea, Cuba, Togo, Bolivia, Zambia, Angola, Panama, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Malawi

With some exceptions, such as Brazil and India, these countries are among the poorest in the world. The local populations often live in intense poverty.

Absent from the list are first world countries.

Zimbabwe is the number one poorest country in the world, yet it is one of the worlds largest exporters of coffee. Also in the top 10 poorest countries of the world and the top coffee producers/exports are Democratic Republic of the Congo (2nd), Burundi (3rd), Central African Republic (7th).

Kinder Gentler Nation

51 percent of Guatemalans live in poverty. 15 percent live in extreme poverty, meaning they don’t have enough money to put food on their tables on a daily basis.

The World Bank, does not represent the world, is it dominated by the UK and USA, represents the interests of the richest countries in the world. Third world nations become the farm and quarry of the First world.

This informative article from the conservative think-tank the Cato Institute, point out how the world bank is crushing their world countries – The World Bank Vs. the World Poorby James Bovard

The World Bank is helping Third World governments cripple their economies, maul their environments, and oppress their people. … The bank’s handouts to governments for agricultural projects often work out badly. One of the bank’s West African projects to promote coffee and cacao production failed partly because of “soil unsuitability.” The bank encouraged farmers to grow crops that were unsuited for their soil. With friends like the World Bank, African farmers don’t need enemies.

The pursuit of profits in coffee cultivation is causing catastrophes for local farmers and communities, deforestation, and land degradation. None of which are good for animals.

Then comes the addition of milk and sugar….

* or the more common term today being “developing” countries, but I question whether countries like Zimbabwe are developing or if they are going backwards. the other term favoured is ‘Global South’, meaning the poorest countries of the world – ha! take that Australia and New Zealand



Agri-colonisation is an issue covered here: Sugar Shortage – Marion Nestle and G20 countries practice ‘agri-colonialism’ in developing countries from a different perspective.




Some great articles that touch on these issues:

Futile Democracy: The guinea-pig Nation

According to Waldon Bello, a senior analyst at “Focus on the Global South”, a program of Chulalongkorn University’s Social Research Institute:

“At the time of decolonization in the 1960s, Africa was not just self-sufficient in food but was actually a net food exporter, its exports averaging 1.3 million tons a year between 1966-70. Today, the continent imports 25% of its food, with almost every country being a net food importer. Hunger and famine have become recurrent phenomena, with the last three years alone seeing food emergencies break out in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Southern Africa, and Central Africa.

Wat-er Mess (or, Why Society is Once Again Seriously Screwed)The amount of water required to make a single cup of coffee, 140 litres is required.


WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY on 8th May 2010
we will be at Union Square’s Greenmarket! Come & meet us there! Volunteers needed! (Event Website)


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8 May, 2010

Can’t you just take the meat out?

Can’t you just take the meat out?: Just one more of the stupid things people say to vegans.

I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It’s like… you’re eating misery. You’re eating a bitter life.”
— Alice Walker

It’s Mother’s Day, and to celebrate I went out with my boyfriend, MacLeod, and his parents to a rather up market restaurant, the kind where they charge you for the air you breathe. Owned by a relative of Macleod’s boss, we choose that place to support a new establishment.

Knowing that we would be dining there, I rang up several days before to check and double check whether they had any vegan options on the menu. They assured me that they did. I rang up again before we left for the restaurant, to make sure one last time.

When we arrived, and settled, it was a gorgeous place, so warm and inviting. I looked at the menu, and noticed two items specified as vegetarian. Everyone else ordered, and began discussing drinks, while and the vegans ordered last, so as to not make a fuss.

When the waiter described the ingredients in the “vegetarian” meals, we discovered the accompanying vegetable dish to the stuffed mushrooms was green beans which had bacon and home made mayonnaise and seasonings stirred through, and whole baby pumpkin hollowed out and filled with roast seasonal vegetables was cooked with chicken stock.

Of the two “vegetarian” dishes, neither of these was actually vegetarian, and neither could be veganised (although, I don’t know, do vegetarians eat chicken stock, or do they not care if they can’t see it?).

We asked perhaps they could put together a special dish for us, after all, we called the restaurant beforehand and explained that vegan meant no animal products, and they said they could accommodate our wishes.

The waiter consulted the kitchen and came back shortly after and discussed our meal options, which involved more questions. Other guests at our table were served their entrees, so we finally settled on fresh fruit and garden salad of green leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and vinaigrette.

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My sister-in-law mockingly rolled her eyes and loudly complained about the embarrassing fuss we were making. Couldn’t we compromise, just for one meal, she asked. Ignoring the fact that we had compromised in the first place going to a non-vegan restaurant. “Can’t you just take the meat out?” well no, it doesn’t work like that, plus, I’m not sure how to take the chicken stock out of pan roasted vegetables.

This was a place that had assured us on several occasion they could do meals without any animal products, and when it came to the crunch, no they couldn’t. This establishment was suffering a serious case of “pants on fire” syndrome.

At the end of the meal when the discussion of desserts came up, the dessert list started “home-made toasted almond milk ice cream, leatherbox honey comb and banana brûlée” – at this point I stopped reading.

The night ended with lots of embarrassment, tension, an expensive meal which only some people could enjoy and others endure.

Lesson learned: if you want to eat the food, go to a vegan or vegetarian restaurant


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ETA
MacLeod was shortly after promoted. So it all worked out in the long term.

7 May, 2010

vegan banana-toffee-caramel muffins


Recipe follows at the end

This is the recipe that got my boyfriend to go vegan. What made him take the final step from not caring what he ate to someone who wants to live a vegan life (and does, he is doing very well at it).

What makes that click varies between people, it might be seeing a piece of meat on a plate and thinking “that used to be a living creature” to a desire to change the world. It was eating these muffins that produced the click, he said “I get it now” and is now vegan.

This story came to mind recently, when I got into a discussion with my boyfriend about “how vegan is too vegan”. Does there come a point where you are avoiding too many things in ‘just in case’ that you cease to be a productive member of society. (Tyres of vehicles contain animal products, so do you walk everywhere, and what if trains and buses have leather seats? And what about rodents and insects that die when crops are harvested, do you only eat food you grow yourself. Books, may have animal products in the ink or the binding glue, does it still count if you borrow the book from a friend or library?)

Neither of us are big sugar eaters, but the issue of sugar does come up occasionally, and do we eat it.

It is something that I find interesting there are vegans (or “vegans”) who eat honey and think nothing of it (and no, honey is not vegan), and then there are other vegans who avoid sugar.

Sugar in itself is a vegan product. It is produced from the juice of sugar cane. It is the refining process which can in some instances make it not a vegan product. Some companies use bone-char to refine and bleach their sugar, this applies to white and brown sugar.

In the USA, the Sugar Association, and some of their largest sugar producers claim that the bone-char is from “cows have died of natural causes“… If you say so.

This might be the reason why people think vegans don’t eat dessert, or it might be they think vegan is a weight-loss diet, who knows. I know vegans who say they are often served fresh fruit as a dessert while everyone else eats delicious creamy, sugary concoctions, and know they are missing out. On the other hand, being served fresh fruit, you know what you are getting, and not taking the risk of someone assuring you that the cake they made is vegan and what they mean is it contains “free-range organic eggs” (yes, Judy Davie “Founder of The Food Coach”, I am talking about you).

Is there such thing as a perfect vegan? Or is it a case of trying each day to reduce the suffering in the world. And to never stop trying, in our own lives and in the world.

So here it is…

Vegan Banana Toffee Caramel Muffins

Muffins
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup milk
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons vegan margarine OR cold pressed macadamia nut oil

Preheat the over to 180C (less for fan-forced: 160C).
Mash the ripe bananas til very soft, almost liquid. Mix with the milk.
Mix four and sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture.
Stir til just combined. Do not over mix or will lose it airiness.
Pour into greased muffin tray.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Caramel Sauce
Brown Sugar (quantities vary, equal quantity to margarine)
Vegan Margarine (quantities vary, equal quantity to brown sugar)
Soy or Nut Milk (quantities vary)
Cornflour – one tablespoon for every cup of milk

The amount of sauce is dependent on the amount of milk used.

Mix the cornflower into the milk until it is blended.
Melt the sugar and margarine, over a low heat in a small saucepan. Quantity depending on desired level of sweetness, for every tablespoon of sugar add a tablespoon of margarine. Do not allow to burn.
Slowly add the milk mixture. Stir continually. Should thicken and go sticky depending on the heat. If not, add more cornflour, blended with a little milk til dissolved. Stir through well.

(Also makes a good frosting/filling for cakes)

Toffee
200g caster sugar
12 tablespoons water
8 teaspoons lemon juice

Melt the sugar, water and lemon juice on low heat in a heavy based saucepan until fully dissolved.
Turn up the heat to high and watch constantly. After about 5 minutes, it should turn caramel. Thicken and darken.
Turn heat down to very low, enough to keep the caramel liquid but stop it turning more brown. Be very careful, the caramel is very, very hot and you can burn yourself very easily. It will cool within minutes.

Take two forks and cooling the toffee slightly, make strands by dipping them into the toffee and making circular motions around the muffin. The strands cool and harden. If strands do not occur then the toffee needs to cool a little further. If it cools too quickly, keep it on the stove on very low so that it can be reheated if the toffee sets too hard while you are spinning it.

Assemble
Make the muffins, and either split open or smother the outside with the caramel sauce, decorate with pecans optional. Then swirl over strands of toffee.


Shout out to The Sweetest Vegan: Vegan Dessert Connoisseur. Anyone who can blog about sweet desserts gets my full appreciation.


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5 May, 2010

Is Obesity more socially acceptable than being Vegan?

There has been some discussion about this recently, about whether society (or the people/institutions in it) are more tolerant and accepting of an obese person than they are of a vegan. Since the the controversy It’s strange being in the eye of a media storm exploded regarding celebrity blogger Mia Freedman.

As a former fashion magazine editor and columnist, she caused a furor recently on a blog post about “gainers” Gainer blogs: Meet the people who think bigger is better.

Gainers deliberately gain weight, a lot of weight, super morbidly obese, not just lumpy, dumpy, chubby, but skin-melds-with-the-couch obese (so large that they can’t move, because their skin has fused with whatever bed or sofa they are sitting on).

Watching the attacks on Mia Freedman for her totally innocuous comments, from obese people who are offended by their choice to eat themselves to death questioned by someone who looks like she takes care of her health.

The critics went from defending an obese persons lifestyle choice to attacking the writer, Mia Freedman, not what she wrote. These Gainers defended their lifestyle like a mama lion defending her babies.

However as a friend noticed, where are the defenders of Veganism. Vegan get their children removed by government agencies for not feeding children animal products, equating veganism with child abuse, yet the woman at the centre of Mia’s article, is eating herself to death in front of her children.

Which raises the question, in our western society, it’s more acceptable to be Obese than Vegan? (side bar: is there such a thing as obese vegan?)

Vegans tend to be not overweight, I have never met a long term vegan who was over-weight, though some people take up a vegan diet (more correctly termed “strict vegetarian”) for weight-loss, and other are large to start with but gradually the weight comes down. The unofficial theory that has come up in talking with other vegan females about body image is: when you eat proper nutritious food your body settles at the weight it was always suppose to be.

Of course, if someone is super morbidly obese, their eating patterns have become disconnected from what their body is telling them it needs for nutritional requirements. For someone – especially a mother with young children (such as Donna Simpson, the woman at the centre of the article) – to set out to become 700 kilos probably needs some sort of therapy. This woman knows her eating will very likely kill her, leaving her children without a mother, yet, she goes on the internet, and allows strangers to pay to watch her eat.

What I found interesting about the whole Gainers controversy was the overwhelming numbers of fat people, obese people, mostly women, who attacked Mia Freedman for her comments, without taking the time to understand them. They have some kind of Obesity Pride movement going on. Size acceptance. Forcing society to treat people who set out to gain weight as a minority group who have been deprived of their rights. The effect is that super morbidly obese becomes normal. (And the effect this will have on a generation of children obese from birth will be disastrous in terms of health consequences.)

If an obese person is told to buy two plane tickets because they take up two seats, they raise hell like their civil rights have been denied. Hey, people! if you take up two seats, the airline can’t sell the second seat, you are depriving them of income and you act like that is equal to having your right to vote or free speech taken away? And, if you think that is bad, try getting a vegan meal on a flight. Last time I did that, despite ordering and checking, and then double checking, the best I got was “we seem to have misplaced the vegan meal, would kosher do?” well, looking at some kosher slaughtered meat (which causes intense suffering because to the animal, pre-stunning is not allowed) on my vegan tray, I would have to say No! It will not do! And yet the super morbidly obese person two rows ahead of me got full on pampering because they would not shut up about being made to pay for two seats.

Let’s talk about clothes shopping – my local chain store starts their sizes at 10 (Australian 10 = UK 12 = USA 8). All the media focus on is the super morbidly obese complaining they can not find clothes that fit. Not in my experience. I shop in the children’s department to find something that fits, because large chain fashion stores are more interested in catering to their obese customers. Far from not having options, obese people have more options than non-obese.

Yet, when it comes to clothes shopping some obese people act like they are being discriminated against because they have to pay more. If their clothes use up twice the amount of material as average sized clothing, why should they not pay more to reflect that.

Eaten out recently? Plate sizes that banquet sized. Meals that could feed a family of four served to one individual. Meals that contain a weeks worth of salt, sugar, saturated fat. And yes, everything has Fries with That. It’s not Small-Medium-Large anymore, it’s now Large-Extra Large-Super Extra Large. With extra cheese. Ok, now try finding a vegan meal at a chain restaurant.

Vegans are called extreme, have their food choices question, have their motives attacked, compared to “Peta terrorists” (as I heard recently), meanwhile society is being Super-sized, we have given up on the war on obesity. We seem to have accepted that obese is the new normal and instead of looking at ways for people to reach an acceptable healthy weight, we are just making everything bigger.

However, as Adventures Being Vegan shows, vegan is slowly getting the message across. Things are being to change.

Obese-defenders will say that being morbidly obese is a health issue while being vegan is a choice. I’m sorry, but to me it is not a choice. Faced with causing the slaughter of billions of animals for food, clothes, entertainment, porn, Mengeler science “experiments”, cleaning products or personal care products. I don’t see it as a choice.

If you don’t look after your body, where are you going to live?” Donna Aston


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