Fat Shaming

11 Mar

Another of the “Things I see everywhere on Pinterest and it seriously needs to stop” posts.

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Great. Post from the point of view of a fat person blaming themselves for something that may or may not have been preventable.

Fun fact: Your chance of getting type 2 diabetes is more strongly tied to your genes than your height. (See: http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2009/01/government-health-officials-decide-its.html, 4-5 paragraphs from the end including links to the science that backs it up.)

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Until my mid twenties, I was most often underweight according to BMI (not that that is a good measure of health, but for the purposes of this story it = I was skinny). Despite this, my thighs and other parts jiggled when I ran. It’s just what flesh does. I distinctly remember asking my mother about the jiggle and if it meant I was (or was getting) fat. Thankfully, she set me straight with an emphatic, “no”.

Moral of the story: Your never stop jiggling. This person would run until they died.

Now, some people try to post the “right” thing, by saying they want to be strong, not skinny. Of course, then they post pictures like this and we all know the ruse is up.

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(This also sounds like it’s trying to be health focused, but it also skinny-shames every so gently. HAES, people.)

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Of course, the pins below are the this person’s board as well, so I doubt she’s actually concerned about strength over wait circumference.

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Don’t be a fat or skinny shamer, people. To yourself or others. Period.

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One Response to “Fat Shaming”

  1. Jay K. March 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Life is too short to spend any part of it hating yourself.

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