I recently read an interesting article shared by a friend on Google Plus, and my reply turned into a bit of a rant (I go into more detail here) XD
“You’d be so pretty if you were thin”, a common refrain I’ve heard from people; hell, even my own mother has said it to me in not so many words (I come from a mostly skinny family).
I have excellent BP, my cholesterol is low, and I eat pretty decently… why should I be ashamed to be big? I used to struggle with it all the time; couldn’t wear tank tops or mini skirts or shorts outside my house without feeling self-conscious and/or ashamed. I always felt inferior to my skinny siblings… and my mom seemed ashamed of me. Rice cakes, Slim Fast, yucky diet supplements… my mom forced them all on me as a child and teenager.
In the fifth grade during a health class where we all got weighed, my teacher made fun of me for being fat and proceeded to pinch some of my arm fat while doing so. I laughed it off at the time, but I went home and cried that day. Humiliation, sadness, depression….all of these were caused by the endless belittling and subtle jabs I used to get. In high school, I dressed like a dowdy weirdo… before Rainbow and other plus size stores that catered to younger people, I either dressed like an old lady, or I wore big shirts and baggy jeans.
You know what? Now I wear tank tops, tube tops/dresses (without a cover up!!), and short shorts outside. I even wear jeggings and tights as bottoms! You don’t like it? Fuck off and don’t look. No one ever calls me fat to my face anymore, and even if they do I laugh and ask them if that’s the best they can come up with. I may be fat, but at least I ain’t ugly is my favorite retort :3
I can say without a doubt that I am healthier than a lot of these skinny people who eat Mickey D’s 5x a week, drink nothing but soda, and don’t walk more than a mile a week… all while making fun of fat people.
I drink mostly water. I eat fast food sparingly, and I walk at least 5 miles a week.
SO tell me, who’s unhealthy again? Are you so unhappy with your own shitty life that you have to make fun of others to feel good?
Besides, what’s wrong with fat people being proud of their stature? I thought variety was the spice of life?