Trigger warning for this post, *extreme* fat hate.
So, not sure where it originated from, but someone with too much time on their hands decided it would be funny/relevant to start the hashtag #fatshamingweek on twitter. So, being somewhat of a glutton for punishment, I took a few seconds to check out some of the tweets. These tweets that I’ve screenshot were all written within 3 hours. I didn’t even have to seach very hard, because there were dozens more like these in the few minutes that I looked.
They ranged from your typical fat jokes:
To faux ‘concern’ and ‘tips’ for and about fat people:
Actual instructions encouraging violating the privacy of a fat person to make them feel badly about themselves:
To the actual suggestion that if you’re fat, you might be better off dead.
Multiply that by an entire week, and you start to get an idea of how pervasive this has been on twitter. Of course, there doesn’t need to be a week dedicated to shaming people, because if you live in a fat body, you are made to feel ashamed of it every single day. You are made into the butt of jokes and the subject of hatred (mostly from men, you’ll notice) simply for the way your body looks.
I guess this is how people like Ray Starke, Aura Angeles, Jacques LeActeur, and company spend their days. I wish they’d use their names so this blog post would pop up when potential employers google them, but c’est la vie.
I’ve heard people talking about how they’re “conflicted” about fat-shaming week, how they don’t think obesity is healthy or “ok” but they don’t agree with the bullying. Lets be very clear here: this is not about being fat. This is not about being healthy. This is about hating a group of people SO MUCH that you think it’s okay to publicly shame them to the point of insinuating that they should kill themselves. There is NOTHING okay with that, no excuse, and nothing to be “conflicted” about.
Let’s look at some truth, here.
Fun fact: ‘fat shaming week’ directly coincides with National Bullying Prevention Month.
You might also like to know that being bullied and shamed about your weight is proven to make you more likely to gain weight. And I quote: “Participants who experienced weight discrimination were approximately 2.5 times more likely to become obese by follow-up and participants who were obese at baseline were three times more likely to remain obese at follow up than those who had not experienced such discrimination.”
Of course this just goes to show that the people who condone and approve of something such as ‘fat shaming week’ have absolutely no vested interest in the health, well being, or happiness of any fat person, but really they just love to hear themselves talk.
I’m not going to lie. This subject really hits close to home for me. As someone who was bullied out of high school mostly due to weight, as someone who hated their body until just a couple of years ago, seeing how widely accepted fat hate is, all of this hurts. I thought about not writing this blog, because in a way, doesn’t that mean the bad guys win? But I had to, because I still pretty often get comments that discrimination against fat people isn’t a real thing, and if it is and you don’t like it, duh, just lose weight.
But instead, I want to counteract this with some positivity. So here’s a list of links to help if you, like me, lost faith in humanity after finding out about Fat Shaming Week.
I Know Girls by Mary Lambert
Broken by Fat Heffalump
And to round this off, yesterday I discovered silkie chickens. And if this guy doesn’t make you smile, well, I don’t know what will.