Friday, 01 February 2013
An article on the home page talks about a man who thinks fat shaming would curb obesity.
Let me start by saying I am overweight. Fat. Chubby. Big. Whatever. I used to be very thin, but because of medical reasons I've put on a ton of Weight. I eat healthy, generally. I exercise. Yet every time I try on clothing, look in a mirror, or find the things I Used to fit in, I'm reminded that I'm a cow. Now some arrogant ass is trying to say we should put up signs asking if fat people are happy with themselves? You have got to be shitting me.
Fat people know they are fat. We know we are considered unhealthy and at risk for a lot of diseases. We know we aren't considered attractive by most people. The clothes we buy usually don't fit right, and they look like something our grandma wore in 1978. We know.
Many are afraid to change because food is an addiction. Just like smoking cigarettes, snorting cocaine, or even starving, food is an addiction that many cant break away from. For people who are considered "stress eaters," fat shaming is just going to make them eat more. On the other end, maybe we will wake up. Maybe we'll start binging and purging, or stop eating all together. Starving to death sounds like a dream. At least people get some enjoyment front gluttony, I suppose.
For those afraid of dieting, or changing their life styles a huge part of that is because they are afraid of failure. The media and our peers are already making us feel like we've failed because we don't look like Jennifer Anniston, or Anne Hathaway, or any of the other cropped, smudged, and airbrushed beauties we see everyday. Not to mention how something like this could effect someone with an eating disorder. If someone with anorexia saw a sign that said "hey fat ass! Do you feel good about your fat self?" It could plunge them deeper into their disorder.
Not all people are fighting addiction, or afraid of failure though. For others it's genetic, and they've let there genes win. It's proven that people with some builds, have a harder time losing weight. Then there are the medical cases. Working in pharmacy, I can name 10 medications of the top of my head that and lead to weight gain, some times in excessive amounts.
While some fat people are just couch potatoes that eat shit all day, and refuse to move (like the ones on tv, of course,) we are NOT all the way.
Instead of "shaming" people who are to heavy, or criticizing people who are too light, we need to find acceptance in ourselves and in our peers. We need to stop worrying about how the guy standing next to us looks. We need to be able to decide if we want to make changes on our own, not because some one else considers us unsavory.
Edit// I ment to mention @hellokristenn. She also has an excellent post on this here: