While I've criticized popular diet authors like Robert Atkins for promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, I wouldn't mention anything about their body weight unless they were claiming to help others lose weight.
For those who want to help get as many people as possible onto a plant-based diet, fat-shaming is not the answer:
It makes perfect sense for people who claim to have compassion for animals to also have compassion for people of all body types.2. Assessing someone’s health by his or her appearance is inaccurate.
The ethics of weight bias aside, our eyes are notoriously poor evaluators of health. It should come as no surprise that many people who are deemed to be fat can get excellent physical evaluations and that many people in the ideal BMI category can have life-threatening diseases, even ones associated with obesity like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. As Ginny Kisch Messina, MPH, RD says, “It’s true that excess body fat raises risk for certain chronic diseases, but it doesn’t mean that everyone who is ‘overweight’ is unhealthy. You can’t tell anything about a person’s health based solely on body size.”
3. Fat shaming may contribute to weight gain.
If someone adopts a condemning approach in order to “help” another, it’s important to understand that studies point to the likelihood of the opposite result: feeling shame about one’s size exacerbates weight gain. Regardless of one’s actual weight, two studies published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that the more shame women reported feeling about their size, the more illness they also experienced, from increased infection risk to more frequent headaches, even when controlling for the BMI (body mass index). A four-year study published in the journal Obesity found that those who reported experiencing weight discrimination gained about three and a half pounds more than those who did not. Still think “calling people out” for their weight is an effective approach?…
Imagine how many people are discouraged from lending their desperately needed talents and voices to the cause because of their size. Imagine how many animals could also be saved if our community didn’t employ fat shaming tactics. “Animal advocacy is about creating a vegan world, which means we need to reach all kinds of people and encourage them to explore veganism,” says Messina. “Diversity in our community of activists—which includes diversity in body size and health experiences—is absolutely necessary to that outreach.”
As a side note, another claim made by popular vegan doctors is that milk causes cancer. The available evidence suggests otherwise:
Non-fat dairy products are a healthy source of B12, calcium, and protein for those on a vegetarian diet.For example, the enormous consensus report on diet and cancer risk from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund concluded in 2007 that eating lots of red meat and processed meat is convincingly associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (but no others). On the other hand, they found dairy foods to be associated with a decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer. They found limited and less convincing evidence that dairy foods might decrease the risk of bladder cancer but increase the risk of prostate cancer.
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... re/243343/
Please keep in mind that I am not here to seek external validation from others or to convince others into a lifestyle change they don't want. It just so happens that the Buddha taught a vegetarian diet (or at least taught that it's misconduct to kill animals for food), and it just so happens to be a healthy diet, according to the available evidence. People can take it or leave it. I am not the veggie police.