It’s OK To Be Fat

Fat people existFat people have always existedFatness is partly genetic, partly not, and not anyone else’s business. 

Yes, there is persistent societal pressure to change body weight. Still, body weight is not easy to change and changes are often not long-lasting.  Fatness, like height, can be a measure of overall population health but is not easy to change individually. Societal stigma is not necessarily a useful measure of “right” or “wrong”.

Fat isn’t necessarily a choiceNot apologizing? Is a choiceStanding up for yourself is a choice.  Going swimming for fun is a choiceGetting on with your life, without weight loss, can be a choiceEnhancing your own health, without making weight loss the measure, can be a choice too. 

“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all. You can’t let them stop you.” – Rita Mae Brown


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12 responses to “It’s OK To Be Fat”

  1. Noel Lynne Figart Avatar

    Good one! I think, though, that blanket permission to people who eyeroll and say, “Just eat less and exercise more” should have blanket permission to kick the speaker in the shins.

    I have an exact idea of how much I eat as well as how much I exercise. And I ain’t exactly automagically thin!

    1. Living 400lbs Avatar

      I’ve considered handing out cards that say, “I DO eat right. I DO exercise. This is how I’m supposed to look.” :)

  2. Twistie Avatar

    Go tell it on the mountain, sister! Also, thanks for the linkback! I was kind of proud of that one.

    1. Living 400lbs Avatar

      You’re welcome. :)

    2. closetpuritan Avatar

      Yup, that was a good one! I made a small contribution to “examples of historical fat people” here.

  3. Rubyfruit Avatar
    Rubyfruit

    Love the entry, and all the lovely links.

    1. Julia Sullivan Avatar

      Yes! It is a marvelous collection of links—thanks, Living.

  4. tehomet Avatar

    Thank you for posting!

  5. Mulberry Avatar
    Mulberry

    I say, let THEM (you know who THEY are) apologize first. And inform THEM of that at opportune moments.

  6. Mich Avatar
    Mich

    I like the photo essay about “no fat ppl in the past”. I recently looked into buying a corset (you won’t believe how many styles there are), and they can go up to size 60, so obviously fatness has been around.

    Keep up the good work.

  7. heather Avatar
    heather

    Beautiful! Just what I needed to read today- thank you for your encouragement.

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