I’m Not Suffering from Obesity

I see people talk a lot about how we need to “do something” because so many people are “suffering from obesity”.  I won’t presume to speak for everyone but I will say that while I sometimes do suffer because I’m obese, I’ve never suffered from obesity.

I’m suffering from living in a society where I’m shamed, stigmatized and humiliated because of the way I look. Where I’m oppressed by people who choose to believe that I could be thin if I tried (even though there’s no evidence for that), and that I should try to be thin because that’s what they want me to do – as if personal responsibility means that I’m personally responsible for doing what they think I should and looking like they think I should (even though it’s none of their business).

I’m suffering from doctors who have bought into a weight=health paradigm so deeply that they are incapable of giving me appropriate evidence-based healthcare.  I’m not just talking about diagnosing me as fat and giving me a treatment plan of weight loss (which is using a completely unreliable diagnostic and then prescribing a treatment that has the opposite result 95% of the time).  I’m also talking about the two doctors who tried to prescribe me blood pressure medication without taking my blood pressure or looking at my chart to see that it is always 117/70 (which means that taking blood pressure medication would have been extremely dangerous).  I’m talking about a doctor trying to get me to lose weight to treat me for Type 2 Diabetes when I actually had anemia.  I’m talking about a doctor telling me that my strep throat was due to my weight. I’m talking about people who are supposed to be scientists abandoning science and research in a way that strongly resembles the time when the Catholic church told Galileo to sit down and shut up.

I’m suffering from a societal witch hunt where instead of putting me in a river they put me on a scale.  People look at my body and feel comfortable blaming me for everything from global warming to healthcare costs despite a lack of evidence for either. People send me crazy hate mail, say nasty things to me at the gym (although making fun of a fat person at the gym is something I will never understand).  People who are drenched in thin privilege try to use that position of privilege to make me feel bad about myself.

I’m suffering from the misinformation campaign that is led by the diet industry, weight loss pharmaceutical industry and surgeons who profit from mutilating people who look like me, none of whom are willing to be honest about the risks or horrible success rates of their interventions long term, and some of whom just don’t seem to care.

I am suffering from living in a society that tells me that the cure for social stigma, shame, humiliation and incompetent healthcare is for me to lose weight, when the truth is that the cure for social stigma is ending social stigma.

What has lessened my suffering is that I now realize that this isn’t my fault – although it becomes my problem. One of the reasons that I choose to pursue a life of social justice work is that nothing makes me feel better than knowing that I am doing what I can to fight this and making some kind of difference – whether it’s in the lives of individuals or in society at large.  I deserve better and so does everyone else and I and lots of others are fighting for it and we’re going to win.  But to be clear, we shouldn’t have to.  Nobody should have to fight to be treated with basic human respect.   And that’s what I find so sad – all of this suffering of obese people could end right this second and nobody needs to lose a pound – society just needs to stop trying to shame, stigmatize, humiliate and hate people healthy.  We can work on access to healthy foods, we can work on access to safe movement options that people enjoy, we can work on making sure that people have access to appropriate, evidence-based healthcare.  If we give up being a horribly failed example for making people thin, we could be a successful example for health.

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38 thoughts on “I’m Not Suffering from Obesity

  1. There is a second side to this fixation doctors have to weight and that is the same fixation on cholesterol. I don’t buy into the diet/heart theory. I’ve read enough to know that at best it is flawed, at worst it’s a complete red herring. But every time I go to the doctor they go on and on about my raised level of total cholesterol and the fact that according to the BMI I am overweight. They have done for years. Other markers for heart disease are all good. The result, for me, has been to build up fear and worry to such an extent that I am now suffering something very real which is probably stress related. And which is upsetting my life.

    Seems they are not happy unless they have a hobby horse to bash certain groups of society over the head with. it’s not just weight they like to victimise, it’s cholesterol too. Because they want us all to take statins and fuel the bank accounts of drugs companies who in tern fund the doctors. It’s a very vicious circle.

    1. Hey Sue, I would be interested in some of the sources you’ve turned to, if you remember what has been helpful to you. I’ve had high cholesterol and I’ve maintained that, even if it is bad for me, it’s probably less bad than taking statins.

      1. My cholesterol has been considered “high” all my adult life. Since the first test. So I guess it’s always been that way. It has increased over time, and the more I’ve tried to reduce it following the dietary guidelines of our doctors and governments (low fat, med/low protein, high carbohydrate) the more it has risen and the fatter I became.

        I have since read lots about this, both the weight gain and the cholesterol and sworn to myself that I will not take statins. I’ve had prescriptions for them forced on me, but thrown them away. I’ve been threatened by one of the doctors in my practice that if I didn’t loose weight and take statins to lower my cholesterol I would suffer heart disease in 10 years. That was a few years back.

        The results of all this pressure was weight gain despite my efforts and a feeling of panic and stress.

        I have taken control again by reading and learning and changing my diet almost completely. I’ve turned it on it’s head. And I’ve lost weight and my cholesterol numbers are reducing.

        My reading list has been as follows. You may or may not like some of them because I have been looking for ways to reduce weight effectively for my own purpose. None of these books and methods could possibly be called fads because they are basically recommending eating as we (as a species) have eaten for thousands of years. It’s the Westernised world that is suffering the epidemics of increased heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer not the pre-Westernised cultures or ourselves before modern times.

        The Great Cholesterol Con – Anthony Colpo
        The Great Cholesterol Con – Dr Malcolm Kendrick
        Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You – Uffe Ravnskov
        Ignore the Awkward – Uffe Ravnskov (a simplified and updated version of the previous book in the list. I’m just starting this one)
        Trick and Treat – Barry Groves
        Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It – Gary Taubes
        Coconut Cures – Bruce Fife
        Eat Fat, Loose Fat – Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
        Escape the Diet Trap – Dr John Briffa

        I have also read several lectures and papers by Mary Enig and follow blogs for some of these people. Whilst I’m not saying they are right in everything they say, there is enough good evidence out there to make me think that the diet/heart hypothesis and the cholesterol campaign in particular, is very wrong. The average total cholesterol level for adults in the UK is 6. The medics want us to be down in the 4’s. They used to say 5’s but it’s been reduced further, and it was an arbitrary number anyway, plucked out of thin air at a conference at some point. By aiming to reduce everyone below 5, almost everybody has become an instant “patient” with a need to take drugs or be stressed to high heaven if they resist.

    2. What other markers for heart disease are there to check?
      I’d love to have some more information on that as well.

      I was put on statins at age 23 based solely on my high cholesterol and the fact that my father has heart disease, so obviously I MUST be heading for it and need to take statins for the rest of my life.
      I also apparently need to have regular blood sugar testing in my 20’s based on having had one grandparent with diabetes which she got in her 60’s – is there a single person on the planet who doesn’t have at least one grandparent who got diabetes around that age?

      I took the statin for 3 years and then stopped when I read that it does no good to women and that the cholesterol guideline numbers are set artificially low to sell more drugs. Oh, and that there is actually very little correlation between having high cholesterol and getting heart disease.

      1. 75% of people suffering heart attacks have “normal” levels of cholesterol.

        The reasons you list above for not taking statins are the same as the reasons I have for not taking them. There is no proof whatsoever that women benefit from lowering cholesterol anyway. The older we get the better cholesterol seems to be for us. Old people with high cholesterol live longer than people of the same age with low cholesterol.

        There are a number of markers for heart disease. The more obvious ones are alcohol and smoking abuse. They also stick being obese and overweight in there, but as this blog is all about, that’s debatable. But in our blood there are much better markers. Triglycerides, homocystine, hs_CRP (highly sensitive C-reactive protein), fibrinogen (coagulant), and various lipoprotein markers. I had a private Comprehensive Cardiovascular Assessment blood test taken to find all this out. I will have them taken over a period of time whilst I continue to try to loose weight and keep an eye on the markers. I am in the middle of a bit of a battle with my doctors because of something else that has happened to me. They are trying to blame that on cholesterol too, although I have found no evidence whatsoever to link the two things. My change of diet should reduce my cholesterol levels a bit anyway, and should also improve the ratio of HDL and LDL so if it does, great, it gives me more strength to fight the doctors with.

        All in all there is a load of crap out there and we, the overweight and obese (based on the faulty BMI index anyway) come in for receiving a great deal of it. Often hurled at us from a position of ignorance rather than knowledge and often causing us stress and anxiety that can in fact really make us ill.

    3. Sue, would you please send a link to studies that say 75% of people suffering heart attacks have “normal” levels of cholesterol? I find that fascinating!

      1. Hi Ninafel, I can’t send a link to that snippet, but it’s in at least 2 of the books I’ve listed above. I’ve read so much now that I can’t remember which book or web site specifically listed which facts. But there is consistency between the works which is good.

        But if you Google this phrase “75% of heart attack patients have normal cholesterol” you will have plenty to read about it. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on faithandmeow and commented:
    “What has lessened my suffering is that I now realize that this isn’t my fault – although it becomes my problem. One of the reasons that I choose to pursue of life of social justice work is that nothing makes me feel better than knowing that I am doing what I can to fight this and making some kind of difference – whether it’s in the lives of individuals or in society at large. I deserve better and so does everyone else and I and lots of others are fighting for it and we’re going to win. But to be clear, we shouldn’t have to. Nobody should have to fight to be treated with basic human respect. And that’s what I find so sad – all of this suffering of obese people could end right this second and nobody needs to lose a pound – society just needs to stop trying to shame, stigmatize, humiliate and hate people healthy. We can work on access to healthy foods, we can work on access to safe movement options that people enjoy, we can work on making sure that people have access to appropriate, evidence-based healthcare. If we give up being a horribly failed example for making people thin, we could be a successful example for health.”

    1. Bravo Fiona, your words profoundly resonate with me. It seems such an enormous task at times but its great to know others are committed to either chipping away or completely smashing weight bigotry.

      1. Thank you. I don’t care where people are on the scales, I don’t care who they are or what they look like. I want this to be a more accepting and kinder world for all of us. It comes down to this – we are ALL PEOPLE 🙂

  3. Did you ever read the Pippi Longstocking books? In one, the red-haired and very freckled Pippi notices an ad which reads “Do You Suffer From Freckles?” , marches into the shop and announces “NO”. She explains to the shop keeper that she has many freckles and has never suffered from them at all, and would certainly buy a lotion if it would give her more freckles.

    I love Pippi’s defiant self-esteem, and your remark about not suffering from obesity reminded me of her.

  4. We should have a course in kindergarten called, “ignore the tall people who say mean stuff to other people”. No one should be humiliated or disrespected, ever, period.

  5. This blog is really helping me. I’m 55 and I agree with everything you said about the ignorance of the majority of the medical community on this matter. They are trained to fear and hate us like the rest of society, so we have to protect ourselves from what they advise. Our for-profit research funding corrupts the “science.” I work at a university that gets these grants and it cracks me up when after they study the situation all they have to offer is “education.” I want to ask them what it is that all the fat doctors and professors need to be educated on.

  6. I lost some weight, for a bit, a couple years ago, and one of the most baffling (and borderline offensive) things that has been said to me about weight came from my boss: “I bet you feel better now!”

    Uh…no. I felt about the same, just with more clothing options. But I think it was a very telling statement about society’s attitudes about fatness. I was losing weight without really trying because I was eating more fruits and vegetables, less processed food, and less added sugar (a habit I have fallen out of and really should pick up again). The assumption, even among those who don’t think fat people should hate ourselves, is that we DO, nonetheless. Or that we’ve got some kind of physical ailments forcing us to make a change. While that may be the case with some people, it isn’t always, and I didn’t quite know what to say to my boss about that.

    1. badfae, I had that happen, a few years back, when I was rediscovering Buddhism (long story) and experimenting with fairly strict vegetarianism (these days I’m more what has been called ‘flexitarian’..largely but not entirely meat-free). I think the biggest eye-opener was when the most fat-hating person I knew looked at me after not having seen me in some weeks and told me I’d put weight on.

      I realized then that it had absolutely nothing to do with any kind of health concerns, and in fact, very little to do with me – this person had a picture of me as ‘bad unhealthy fatty’ that wouldn’t even budge when I’d altered my diet (probably in a healthier direction, although not one that was sustainable for me personally) and had lost weight, albeit temporarily. Nowadays, I try to bear that in mind whenever anyone is urging me (or anyone else) to change to suit them: they’re almost certainly not worth changing for.

    2. I had that happen, too. I lost some weight rather quickly through starvation, and a friend asked me “Don’t you feel better now?” I looked at him in astonishment. “No! I feel sick! I walk around feeling like I’m going to throw up!” He was actually mad at me for disagreeing with him.

  7. Ragen, I would like to see you document more fully your experiences with care providers, specifically your BP and diabetes/anemia and strep throat experiences. Having these documented in detail is useful when we speak to healthcare professionals about weight stigma and bias. They really benefit from hearing specific examples.

    You can do that at First Do No Harm, here on your blog, or you can email me the stories directly. Either way, I hope you’ll do it soon. We need stories like these to show care providers the insidious ways in which weight stigma affect the health care they provide.

    I did a presentation to care providers at my local medical school a few months ago and they were very affected by stories like these, as well as interested in developing ways to discuss weight and health in a way that’s respectful. If you want to help me develop that further, drop me a private email and let’s talk about it.

  8. This is such a profound and important post. Thank you for putting it out there. I’ve also had similar things happen with doctors – when I was in treatment for an eating disorder, my GP handed me a pamphlet on losing weight and told me that I should join Weight Watchers instead. Because my probably was obviously just because I was/felt fat. It’s really fucked up how the diet industry has such a strong hold on the medical industry and society on whole.

  9. I suffer from obesity much the way I suffer from being left-handed and short: it’s sometimes annoying because the world just isn’t set up for my configurations.

    But when I almost flunked kindergarten in large part because I was left-handed and couldn’t make the crappy right-handed scissors the class provided work, the principal of the school had the wit and compassion to figure out the answer wasn’t to try to change me into a right-handed child, but to provide every classroom with left-handed scissors.

    If you think about it, it’s much easier to change amenities than bodies. We created cuts at crosswalks for wheelchair users, included sound elements in crosswalk lights for the blind, created ways for deaf people to use telephones, made step stools and custom cabinetry for short and little people to reach more easily… so why the hell can’t we make it possible for those of us who are fat to dress and move in the world without being shamed and insulted?

    I’m thinking because there’s a lot more money being made in harming us and making us suffer.

  10. I’m absolutely suffering from everyone’s ignorant and bigotry. I realized today just how much the word “fat” as become like the word “gay.” In a way, both have been partially reclaimed, yet both are still actively used as slurs. “Gay” to mean stupid or emasculating, “fat” to mean you’re stupid, lazy and lack self-control. Just this morning I was reading an article about Rush Limbaugh being his usual jizzrag self. The most common comment? Calling him a “fat pig” and being done with it. Really? All fat people are like Rush Limbaugh now? Or what you find so insulting about him isn’t his arrogance and blatant misogyny, but his body size? Or do you just feel superior when you call someone else “fat,” and hence have established that their opinion can only be unintelligent? Ugh.

  11. And the irony about the Limbaugh thing is that no one is quicker to throw out ‘fat’ as an insult & shorthand for weak-willed, lazy, unworthy, etc., than Rush Limbaugh is. Count him among the many fat-hating fat people. I can think of so many things about him to dislike & to disagree with, fat is not anywhere on that list.

    I have stopped reading a book I was enjoying, given up on authors I thought I liked, because of maybe a paragraph or two reinforcing fat stereotypes & demonstrating on the part of the author the blind acceptance of the messages our culture sends about fat, the intellectual laziness on the part of people who will do years of research in order to get background & certain forensic details correct for a mystery but never bother to go beyond the ‘everybody knows’ about body size. It never ceases to amaze me to think that people who would be appalled at any suggestion of racism, who can at times treat older or disabled characters with some respect, research customs & beliefs of other cultures/religions just blindly accept the bullshit our culture feeds us about fat & fat people as gospel truth. It has happened with some fantasy writers, some mystery writers, &, while I don’t watch a lot of tv, with some writers of tv forensic mysteries, etc. I recently swore never again to watch an episode of “Bones” because of the anti-fat diatribe the character of Temperance Brennan launched into upon her first meeting with a fat minor character in an episode, castigating the woman about not ‘doing something’ about her weight, telling her that ‘obesity CAUSES” a whole laundry list of illnesses, etc. I turned the tv off before she got further & will never watch again.

    Likewise, I stopped in the middle of reading an Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson when Alex was talking to a childhood friend who had become a doctor & she was bemoaning all she has to deal with & try to overcome with the patients in the poor black neighborhoods where she works & she said that her biggest healthcare issue was “overweight & obesity” & especially getting them to take it seriously because, as she said with a laugh, “They think it’s genetic.” NO SHIT, REALLY?!! Imagine that!

    Amen to all you said. I damn well do not ‘suffer from obesity’, but I suffer from all the stupidity, cruelty, & injustice shown toward people who happen to be fat supposedly ‘for our own good’, I hate that I live in a culture which believes that the worth of a human being is measured in direct inverse proportion to how much that person weighs. The flaws of the world around me, the shallowness, ignorance, & arrogance of people, the greed & total lack of integrity of various money-making institutions, causes fat people to suffer. The size of our bodies does not. That was well-demonstrated many years ago, by the work of Margaret Mead, among others. Find people who live in cultures where fatness is accepted as normal, natural, even desirable & attractive, where people don’t diet, & you find NO increased percentages of all the diseases supposedly ’caused’ by body fat. Many of us do not have the diseases the world believes we have, many of us never do, but for those who do, those problems are caused mostly by genetics, aging, dumb luck, & most of all by the stress & pain of being stigmatized every day of our lives.

    1. she was bemoaning all she has to deal with & try to overcome with the patients in the poor black neighborhoods where she works & she said that her biggest healthcare issue was “overweight & obesity” & especially getting them to take it seriously because, as she said with a laugh, “They think it’s genetic.”

      WTF? The only thing this “character” has to overcome is being a stupid fool with a heart of darkies complex waiting for any excuse to emerge-again- from its mental sewer.

      1. Yeah, all those stupid poor people, who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and make their food stamps stretch far enough, why aren’t they in the same OMGOBEESITY panic the rest of us are in? How dare they spend their money on a $1 cheeseburger when they could buy a head of broccoli?? How dare they be more concerned with survival than with healthy weightlosing nutrition??Nothing could be more important to the poor than losing weight, surely!

  12. Ragen, I shared this post on my Facebook, and a friend of mine had this response (which brought tears to my eyes). I wanted to share it with you:

    “Thank you so much for posting this. It is the absolute truth. You know how I know? Being thin does not get you away from stigmas and the comments. I never talk about this because I get evil glares when I do, but there’s a lot of thin hate out there. I’ve been told to lose weight in my lifetime as well, but much more often I’m asked why I can’t gain a pound or two. Don’t you eat anything?!?!? Are you anorexic? You look gross, I can tell you’re unhealthy, blah blah blah. Doctors, waitstaff, kids in high school, family, people have been horribly cruel to me for being thin. And I’m not as thin as a lot of girls! There seems to be a need to tie a girl’s esteem and value up in her weight more that most anything. I hope no one gets mad at me for saying this, but I did want to speak up – because I always stay silent, feeling that women with the opposite ‘problem’ are the only ones with the ‘right’ to stand up to perverse body expectations. Only when we begin to stand together against all of these demands on our appearance will anyone find relief.”

  13. It’s tempting to assume that the money-driven issues of weight and weight bias are the exceptions to the rule regarding the medical profession’s abuse of power and influence. It’s tempting because these issues alone are sickening enough, by themselves, to try and wrap our minds around as sources of suffering and terrible injustice in our culture. Unfortunately, after spending five years preparing for and starting a career as an RN, and 2 additional years researching on my own, I arrived at the conclusion that the medical profession has been corrupted completely by capitalist interests. I’m NOT saying that individual doctors (or other health “care” providers) are bad people or have immoral motives. Many appear to have hearts of gold. But most health care professionals were never trained to turn a critical eye on various cultural forces of domination, including the power wielded by big pharma and corporate-funded nutrition research. Robert Whitaker’s book, “Anatomy of An Epidemic”, for example, reveals the shockingly widespread acceptance of psychotropic prescription drugs that have not been adequately tested for long-term safety or efficacy. The fat stigma is so pervasive and powerful, however, that it may actually negatively influence health outcomes in some populations by perpetuating social inequities (such as low income, unsafe living/housing conditions, employment discrimination, etc) which, at least partially, impact human health (both physical and mental). In other words, our capitalist-driven culture socially constructs some health outcomes (both wellness and illness) and health inequities while it socially constructs all kinds of social status, power, and influence.

  14. I’m 5’4″ and 265 pounds. I am stigmatized, humiliated, rejected and shamed by my few friends and family members. I’m generally ignored and forgotten and left to suffer all alone from shame and guilt. I do have two fat friends who sympathize and one of them is constantly on a diet to try and achieve a weight loss and she encourages me to also. Frankly I’d like to be down to at least 200 pounds to fit into my size 20 clothes but doing it is almost impossible. Karen

    1. Karen,

      I am so sorry that this is happening to you, you deserve people who support you and treat you well – if there is anything that I can do to help you please let me know and I definitely encourage you to spend some time online in the fatosphere where you can meet cool people who will treat you well and support you on your health journey.

      Big Fat Hugs!

      ~Ragen

  15. The real irony of that exchange in the Alex Cross book is that the character of Alex Cross & his doctor friend are both supposed to BE African-American. However, the books are written by a white man, who writes in the first person, trying to speak as an educated, successful psychologist/police officer/FBI consultant who is black. I suspect the characters are voicing the personal prejudices & misinformed beliefs of James Patterson & that Mr. Patterson has done nothing to educate himself on anything except the mainstream cultural beliefs about fat & health, “ignorant poor people”, etc. I find it infuriating that authors know they need to consult experts & do research about forensic science, anthropology, historical facts, & SOME medical conditions when they write about them, but that, when it comes to fat & fat people, they just spout the same garbage we see/hear in the media everyday.

  16. I was having a similar conversation about this with my husband a while ago. I was really frustrated, and I remember telling him that there is not a single thing that my body limits me in doing – except for not being discriminated against.

    Left to my own devices, in a world without other people to harass me, shame me, and pity me, I would have exactly ZERO problems (physical or emotional) related to being fat.

    I know that is not true for everyone, but I suspect it’s true for more people than popular culture would assume.

  17. This article is a wonderful and accurate description of my experience as well…I remember back when I was in my teens that the desired cholesterol level was under 300 and the blood pressure to shoot for was 100 plus your age…and just rather recently anything under 7 on the A1c test (for diabetes) was optimal, now it’s much lower…I also remember when I was a teen, that the models were size 12…These days that’s considered a plus size…I’m so glad I found this blog…I have written a “children’s” book, although anyone can and should read it, that discusses these very issues…It is called “The Survival of the Fattest…A Fairy Tale for Fat Kids”…It is the VERY first fairy tale written exclusively for fat kids. It is available on Amazon dot com…I would love for you to check it out.
    Even though the last socially acceptable prejudice is against fat people, we can emerge victorious if we work together and raise awareness.

  18. I think this article is wonderful. Although, as a former fat guy, (who secretly still thinks of himself as fat even though he’s 6’4 and 162lbs) I wonder if using the word oppressed is maybe a bit dramatic. Maybe the experience is different when you weigh more than I did, (I was 220lbs) and it’s surely different being an obese woman, but from MY experiences I’m not sure that I would ever feel right referring to myself as having been oppressed. I’m new to the whole “embracing [my] body” thing, and I’m not trying to start a fight or anything. It’d be helpful if someone could just point me to some empirical studies on specific ways in which fat people are treated differently. I’ve certainly had shaming experiences that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been overweight, but I’m just hesitant to describe them as acts of oppression. It has certainly devastated my confidence in probably irreversible ways, and that HAS held me back in some ways in my life. I guess I’m just uncomfortable viewing myself as oppressed.

    And maybe this is just my ignorance showing, I don’t mean this as an attack or as an attempt to set your efforts back; I’m just trying to learn.

  19. Articles that involve the language “suffering from X” always make me think of a joke:
    a doctor looking over a man’s family medical history asks him, “so, you and your family suffer from insanity?”
    the man responds, “Um, no, we kind of enjoy it.”

    Anyway, that wasn’t meant to be any kind of allegory or make any political statements about obesity, fat acceptance or anything else, it’s just a weird little tangent.

  20. “nobody should have to fight to be treated with basic human respect.”
    You hit the nail on the head with this. Being fat is the last prejudice and it is deemed as okay to continue to belittle people because of their size simply because of the beauty ideals that are instilled in us from a young age. I hope that one day we can move on from this and people can be accepting of their bodies at all sizes.

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