I recently got an e-mail from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity that they were offering an online course to help people in the medical field treat fat patients with less bias and stigma. Sound great doesn't it? Fat people often have problems with doctors who blame every ailment on their being fat. I actually think a lot of "weight related" illnesses have to do with doctors blaming the fat and not doing a thorough medical exam (as they probably would if a thin person made the same complaint). Not to mention stigma will keep people away from the doctor's office.
That being said, the Rudd center is not fat friendly. They encourage weight loss. Instead of targeting everyone for healthy eating they really focus on fat people. You have to ask the question, would they exist if there were no fat people?
Speaking of fat abuse, Kaiser was nice enough to encourage violence against fat people with a California billboard that reads "Beat Obesity with a Stick." Of course they mean a celery stick which I guess is better than getting hit by an actual stick. Under pressure Kaiser said they would take it down. However as far as I know the billboard is still up.
So until either Rudd or Kaiser tosses weight based health initiatives and instead focus on health for people of all sizes, they aren't helping anyone.
Here's a picture of Billboard (taken by the fab Marilyn Wann).