The next person who tells me body shaming isn’t about hate it’s about health is going to be choked the fuck out, by me. It’s such an ignorant bullshit comment that gets thrown around. Make the fatties ashamed of themselves and they’ll change. I think some people actually believe that’s what they’re doing and that’s actually worse.
Yesterday when I was walking to work (which I do, every day, five days a week, ha, I know right, fatties walking, sometimes it happens when we have to go places) and I came across all these women running shuttle runs up and down the street from the local gym. No biggie, they’re usually out and about talking and running and running and talking.
But there was one woman at the head of the pack, quite literally running rings around the others and with ease. She was easily a size 20 and while she had a sweat going, running was no more difficult for her than the other women running behind her. So as I walked past I start to hear it, it’s that murmur every fat person knows. The mocking laughing kind we have heard our whole lives. I picked up a few choice words like ‘disgusting’ and ‘repulsive’ and ‘she should keep it at home’ and my favourite ‘I don’t want to see that!’
Now here’s a woman doing her thing, doing what people say they want fat people to do. She’s working out. But she’s not safe from the mockery of her body? How is that about health? It isn’t, that’s how. It’s about hate. Hate and shame and a stigma so great most people don’t even know how deep it really runs.
I’ve never received more verbal abuse from strangers than when I’m being active. So seriously, instead of saying ‘I just want people to be healthy! They’re a drain on health resources! OBESITY EPIDEMIC!!!!!!!111!!one!!!’ How about you just say what we all know you’re thinking?
'I hate fat people.'
It’s okay, we hate you, too.