One of my favorite social media platforms to use is Tumblr. The community is fantastic. The people who make up the Tumblr-verse just seem to get you. Every person seems to find those who share their interest and they come together to reblog and favorite body positive photos, favorite stories of women overcoming fat hate in real life, and comments with encouraging messages.
Every once in a while you will find a message that just strikes a nerve. I found a post where someone had posted a photo of a fat person at some fast food restaurant and had a ton of comments about said person’s life style and bad choices because they were fat, how dare they eat fast food.
When you are fat, you need to earn the right to eat
It made me think about how that same mentality may have affected me in my life. Too often I find myself eating unhealthy things and justifying them with “it’s ok I had a salad for lunch.” I’ll choose a cupcake for a snack and justify it with “I worked out four times this week.” The truth is, I shouldn’t have to justify my actions. Unfortunately, as a fat person, people automatically persecute you for eating. But as a fat woman. it’s like I need to earn my right to eat.
“The reality is that fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise, and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an eating disorder — it’s a lifestyle change.” — Lesley Kinzel
Next time you see a fat person, don’t ridicule them or don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t persecute a plus size omwn and think to yourself that it’s ok because she’s fat. Because it isn’t. Just mind your own business. If you want to see how these types of behaviors can affect someone, watch My 600 lb life on TLC.