✨ Fat is beautiful. Fat is round and soft and cute and smooth.
💪 Fat is strong. Fat is lifting and carrying and muscles and weight.
🌱 Fat is natural. Your body wants to be this size.
Fat is not ugly. Not unhealthy. Not shameful.
Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
If you are thin and reading this has overwhelmed you with the urge to tell me I'm wrong
Please first read this article: https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/everything-you-know-about-obesity-is-wrong/
And then whether you agree or not, don't bother to tell me.
@email@example.com yes. I used to be skinny now I'm plus size and the difference in the way my doctor treats me is... Yeah.
@nuhn My doctors didn't give a shit when I was super underweight starving myself on sugar free drinks and imperial mints because underweight is good in their eyes. Now I'm fat, fairly fit, and healthy, and the solution to every problem is to lose weight.
@vicorva I'm very skinny and agree with you
@the_gayest_goat_in_town :) good
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@vicorva I am one of those people who has worried unnecessarily for decades that I am fat. Reading this won't cure my body anxiety. But it is making me so mad I'm shaking at the background radiation of society that has always told me to lose weight as if it were a cure-all, when I could have been focusing on specific personal health issues instead of feeling guilty every time I ate ice cream.
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@vicorva my weight went UP while I was exercising regularly last year, but I still looked and felt better than I had since college when I had to climb hills to get to my classes. If that doesn't mean something I don't know what does.
Also shoutout to @Canageek for insisting I was beautiful until I started to believe it.
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@DialMforMara I'm so sorry that you have experienced this. Honestly that's one of the most awful things about fatphobia -- it hurts *everyone*, even thin people. I'm so sorry this has negatively impacted not just your body image but also your health.
I know *very well* how hard this thinking is to shake -- I was underweight most of my life for a similar reason. But for what it's worth, I am very aware now that your body will be the size it will be. You might as well love it 💙
.@vicorva this article is infuriating and sad and necessary but also this name is the greatest thing I've seen in a while
"Cat Pausé, a researcher at Massey University in New Zealand"
I can't help but pronounce it Cat Paws and I know that's wrong but dang, so fun
@MmeLibertine This is the best comment on this article. I had the same reaction! XD
@vicorva I love this article. I always try to read it again when it comes by on any timeline
@maloki Same. It gave context for so much and solidified my determination to love my body, something I found very hard to do.
@vicorva Thank you for sharing, this was informative!
@SolKitty glad you found it so! I've been reading articles on fatness for years but this is the one that really stuck with me.
My chronic illnesses and the meds I need for them are factors in weight gain and I feel dirty even typing that out. In a better world, we could discuss this shit calmly and easily and acquire real understanding of one another's strengths and weaknesses, but instead it always comes across as a plea for case-by-case forgiveness from skinny culture vultures & their corporate overlords and no. Blecchhh!!
What's also interesting to me is the idea of wanting to return to a former size if you only became fat as an adult. Fat stigma is real, all right. But as a skinny person I wasn't any happier about my life overall than I am now. There were just other problems, other intractable, difficult things about life to feel unhappy about.
@xenophora Yes. There are so many reasons for people to become fat and it's a nuanced thing that is so difficult to talk about for just the reasons you say.
For the record I've been happier fat for a whole bunch of reasons directly related to BEING fat. Unfortunately people do treat me worse in a variety of contexts, the most difficult being a medical one.
But yeah. In many ways, my body image was as bad and worse when I was thin, because I was so afraid of getting fat. It's ridiculous.
@vicorva obsession with equating thinness with beauty is unironically a lie created by the fashion sweatshop industry so they can sell smaller clothes at higher profit margins
@flussence I think there's a lot of reasons (none of them good) that beauty/health are equated with thinness but the fashion industry definitely plays its part.
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