The irrational fear of being fat
Why are we so afraid of fat? Not only are most of us petrified of becoming fat but society at large seems to be hugely uncomfortable with being around fat people, having to share public spaces with them or having to refrain from commenting on the bodies of fat people when we are confronted with the reality of large people in our day to day lives. Fact is most of us probably have a fat friend or a fat relative and most of us probably have a loving and kind relationship with at least one fat person in our lives. So why do we find it so hard to let go of prejudice when it comes to body size when most of us try to let go of our prejudice in terms of colour, sexual orientation, gender and other physical differences in the human race?
While we're all pretty much in agreement that you can't choose your sex and race, lots of people cling to the mentality that weight is not only a choice, but also a moral choice. "If those lazy bastards just had some self-respect, they will stop stuffing their faces with ice cream and pizza, get off their asses and go to gym!" Oh you think that is a bit harsh? But you want to tell me about the time you had to sit next to a fat person on a long flight! Society makes it clear that the overweight are inhuman, soulless monsters.
For years I kept punishing and hating myself for what a moral jackass I was for being fat, weak, lazy and unable to control myself. Thankfully I now realise that there is literally a thousand physical and mental factors that can influence and affect your body composition and some of it are completely out of your control. A thin person mocking a fat person is no different than a rich person mocking the poor - it requires willful ignorance about how both of you got that way.
Thankfully there are also some things that you CAN do today to start improving your health dramatically. And it has become my mission in life to help others find their own path.
Body positivity is inclusive and never exclusive. It reminds us that their is beauty in our uniqueness.
Our scars tell a story.
Our story is what defines us.
We should never be ashamed of our story and the battle wounds we carry both physically and mentally. They are critical to who we are yet to become.