I believe that fat people are more than just the fat they carry. They are more than the stereotyped image of the fat person who is lazy and eats all day. They have lives and families. Yet they seem to be open targets for public shame and humiliation. It seems that so many people are all too willing to poke fun at someone who is fat because of some preconceived notion that all fat people choose to be that way. Just because fat is so obvious. It cannot be hidden. It can't be tucked away within ourselves or stuffed in a box and stored under the bed. It can never be a secret.
I'm pro-fat acceptance because I am pro-human rights. Fat people have a right to feel comfortable in their own skin. They have a right to leave their houses without shame or fear of being mocked. Other people do not have to like it, but they certainly do not have a right to make someone feel less than human because of it.
I suppose this deserves a warning because it talks about fat hate and self-injury
When I was recovering from a time of my life that included severe depressive episodes and self-injury (2001), my mom took me to talk to our new preacher. I was way better but still struggling with the urges to cut.
What did he tell me during this meeting? “You need to lose weight, I know you can’t be happy being the size you are. You’ll feel way better about yourself. I know someone who can help you go on a diet” (insinuating that all my problems stemmed from the size of my body)…. We are going to forget the rape and all the other things that happened that could be contributing to my current state… I’m sad because I’m fat. I hadn’t even considered my weight at this point but he certainly planted the thought.
Sometimes I wish I could go back and stand up for myself instead of accepting it because I felt like I deserved it.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/anti-obesity-panic-blamed-for-new-eating-disorder/story-e6frfkvr-1226268696307#ixzz1ptxgbZqq