Obesity seems to be the new thing that ‘experts’ are jumping on, and this in bringing out the ‘oh but I’m concerned about your health’ in EVERYONE. Don’t do that. Don’t be an arse.
It also really annoys me that it has become the fashionable thing to say fat people are ‘glorifying obesity’. In fact, it infuriates and upsets me.
First, generations of fat people have had to endure constant mockery, criticism, rejection and disrespect. And now, now people are finally feeling brave enough to love themselves for who they are, despite every man and his dog telling them how awful they are, now we get people condemning us for that too. Unless you are eating right and exercising right all of the time, you must hide away and be beaten with the Shame Stick until you make a change. It’s ridiculous that fat people are only seen as acceptable if they lose ‘inspirational’ amounts of weight, or are taking steps to do so. Duck off.
Stop making an example out of us too. We don’t need anyone to point out the amount of calories in the meal we’re about to eat, or the healthier options we could have chosen. You are not the health police and you do not need to be analysing what we eat, and definitely do not need to pass comment or judgment. How about I point out that third cup of coffee you’re about to have, or the copious amount of alcohol you downed at the weekend, or that unused gym membership you wasted your money on? We can all make healthier choices, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are unhealthy. I’m sure putting us down and criticising our every move makes you feel better about the imperfections in your life, but please, mind your own ducking business and leave us to it.
Judgments and comments are completely uncalled for and just make a person feel bad unnecessarily. And as I’ve said many times before, making someone feel bad about themselves is about the least caring and constructive thing you can possibly do. So stop justifying your bullshit by saying you’re concerned for our health. It’s not concern; it’s being a pompous, righteous jerk, thinly veiled as concern.
In the brilliant words of JK Rowling:
“Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.”
Not to me either.
We can all make changes AT ANY SIZE, we can all be healthy AT ANY SIZE, and more importantly, we can all be happy AT ANY SIZE. So let people just BE.
Embracing ourselves, shunning the negativity, learning to feel comfortable in our own skin, isn’t glorifying anything other than self acceptance and unconditional love. It’s a really powerful, positive movement that should be applauded, not admonished.