The problem with fat phobia is that it is so entrenched into society reinforcing stereotypes & fear. Our society sees fat people as a personal failure, as an ‘epidemic’, were reduced like all marginalised people into one category “fatty” in which we are all homogeneous without faces or difference just bodies cut off at the neck, walking in news promos around malls with food or sodas in our hands.

Our faces not blurred but not featured. Our individual identities become one. We become the ‘ooogie boogie man of the 21st century’. We are what drives people to gyms. We are the before ads. We are the word thin people say when they think they have been ‘bad this week’. Susan sighs over her laptop while talking to Karen at work ‘Ugh! I feel fat’ & while Susan isn’t fat it implies to Karen exactly what Susan wants it to: ‘I’ve been bad & I’ve been lazy & I don’t like my body’.

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The problem with fat phobia is that it is so entrenched into society reinforcing stereotypes & fear. Our society sees fat people as a personal failure, as an ‘epidemic’, were reduced like all marginalised people into one category “fatty” in which we are all homogeneous without faces or difference just bodies cut off at the neck, walking in news promos around malls with food or sodas in our hands. Our faces not blurred but not featured. Our individual identities become one. We become the ‘ooogie boogie man of the 21st century’. We are what drives people to gyms. We are the before ads. We are the word thin people say when they think they have been ‘bad this week’. Susan sighs over her laptop while talking to Karen at work ‘Ugh! I feel fat’ & while Susan isn’t fat it implies to Karen exactly what Susan wants it to: ‘I’ve been bad & I’ve been lazy & I don’t like my body’. The ideology that fat people have brought it on themselves & that you can tell multiple things about their personality, health & lifestyle isn’t just bullshit it’s cruel. Perpetuating the stereotypes we have of fat people is a way to sell fat people more weight loss shit & to convince thin people to fear getting fat so that they too want to lose weight. Where as people’s bodies, body types, body weight & health is much more complex and individualistic than our society wants to make out. Nuance is always lost in these conversations. People say ‘oh stop being a victim’ – ‘just eat healthy and lose weight’ – ‘exercise it isn’t that hard’ (for the record when I record don’t hate the shake videos and then upload them which is me “exercising” they are then hijacked placed on YouTube channels & other websites to mock me/shame me). Plainly put fat people cant win because we aren’t seen as people first were seen as other, as fat, as a problem. I point people to resources to read more about health. I encourage people to get to know fat people & their lives. I talk about the complexities of diet culture, the weight loss industry & beauty standards under the capitalist patriarchal society that runs our world BUT people will still yell ‘run fatty’ out of cars. Fat kills? We’ve got it wrong discrimination KILLS

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The ideology that fat people have brought it on themselves & that you can tell multiple things about their personality, health & lifestyle isn’t just bullshit it’s cruel. Perpetuating the stereotypes we have of fat people is a way to sell fat people more weight loss shit & to convince thin people to fear getting fat so that they too want to lose weight. Where as people’s bodies, body types, body weight & health is much more complex and individualistic than our society wants to make out.

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Nuance is always lost in these conversations. People say ‘oh stop being a victim’ – ‘just eat healthy and lose weight’ – ‘exercise it isn’t that hard’ (for the record when I record don’t hate the shake videos and then upload them which is me “exercising” they are then hijacked placed on YouTube channels & other websites to mock me/shame me). Plainly put fat people cant win because we aren’t seen as people first were seen as other, as fat, as a problem. I point people to resources to read more about health.

I encourage people to get to know fat people & their lives. I talk about the complexities of diet culture, the weight loss industry & beauty standards under the capitalist patriarchal society that runs our world BUT people will still yell ‘run fatty’ out of cars. Fat kills? We’ve got it wrong discrimination KILLS

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