Now you will have all heard of fat shaming or body shaming when you make someone feel bad for the way they look and the size they are. It’s not funny and it can be extremely hurtful. It doesn’t matter what size or shape someone is, what matters is whether they are a decent human being.
Food shaming, is similar to fat shaming except it’s based on peoples food choices/diet. People aim to make others feel bad because they eat or don’t eat certain food groups or follow a specific diet whether for health reasons or otherwise.
I eat all things, I don’t have any food intolerance’s, and for that I’m grateful. I have friends that are dairy intolerant, celiac, vegetarian and vegan. I don’t care what they eat, I don’t make friends based on food choices and certainly don’t bang on about what I eat to them, unless of course it was the best sticky toffee pudding ever! 😀
I’m usually a calm and fairly laid back person, it takes a lot to rile me and make me mad. But the other day I was so disappointed, angry and saddened to read a post on social media that was blaming meat eaters for the COVID-19 outbreak. The post was blurred out for me as it stated that it contained ‘Partly False Information’, it stated that the information could be misleading or incomplete. The person that posted it, did not write it I should add, but was re-posting it from another person. (they have since removed it). It was written by vegan influencer Ed Winters. See the post below:
Now, I’m not saying he can’t post what he likes, it is a free world and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but what made me mad was the timing of it. Did he really think highlighting this now would be useful? It made me angry because it isn’t helping the situation right now, it isn’t helping to save the lives of the people who have COVID-19 right now. It isn’t going to prevent someone getting the disease if they suddenly stop eating meat. People are dying, seriously ill and the world is struggling and shaming people will not help this situation improve.
At a time when the world is in crisis, food shaming people isn’t the answer. This disease does not discriminate against your diet so why should people think that now is the right time to share something so provocative and unhelpful. There are scientists doing their best to find a cure, and working day and night to do so. They know how the disease started, but aren’t saying ‘oh well, because you eat meat it serves you right’, no, they just want to find that cure and end it.
Pulling together, supporting each other and doing what we can to ensure our elderly and vulnerable neighbours and family are safe and have what they need is the most important thing right now. It doesn’t matter what you eat, if you are vulnerable to get it then you need to stay safe and distance yourself from others. And at the same time, making sure you are still in contact through calling, video chat or social media. Make sure no-one you know is going to be lonely, we all need to get through this together.
Having read the fact checkers article on this post, there are some valid points there, they stated the info was partly false. The reason being was diseases from animals to humans can be passed on in other ways, such as close contact or proximity. So we would need to avoid them rather than just stop consuming them.
So in the weeks and months to come, as most of you do, don’t focus on what a person eats, if they are a decent human being then that’s all that matters. Food shaming is not going to help us in our current situation. Yes there are lessons we can learn, but right now, lets all do what we have to, to fight this and be healthy.
Thank you for reading, be safe and look after you and yours.
Love Emma xx 🌼 😍