The Over Abundance of Fat Shaming:
Fat Shaming Online
Fat Shaming Is Everywhere, Do You Measure Up?
I know many people who are not the ‘ideal’ body type, size 3x at Walmart for example, but that does not mean that they are unhealthy. When I go shopping for clothes, I feel like every entrance to clothing stores should be outfitted with an outline of the body type they serve. A literal cut-out of the body type you must have to buy clothes from this store- If you don’t fit, do not pass go, do not collect a new fashion line. It seems like there is only one body type to fit when shopping or trying to have a certain fashionable look. The media is adamant that every body must ‘measure-up’ to this body type to be considered ‘normal’ or ‘average’. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 140 lbs, but I am very unhealthy. I (currently) survive on coffee and cigarettes! Tess Holiday is a modern day hero. This amazing woman tells it like it is and has no shame in voicing her very strong and brilliant opinions. She is the first ACTUAL plus size model, and she is absolutely beautiful, from head to toe! Tess has a gorgeous Instagram account where she is very active in letting people know that fat does not equal unhealthy. First of all, I cannot touch my toes, nor can I walk up a flight of stairs (more than 10) without having to catch my breath- This “overweight/obese” (whatever you want to shamefully call her) is far more healthy than I can admit to in years. She is proof that our own ideas of what it is to be ‘healthy’ is wrong (at least in my opinion). I believe we are leaving out a major staple of healthy living is; happiness. Obsessing over how much you eat, how much you weigh, what your clothes look like on you, how others perceive the way you look, how well you fit the stereotype body image, what part of you do you need to change next to fit the mold? Isn’t it exhausting? Where is the time to be happy in between all of this worry?
Fat Shaming Isn’t Just For Women
Now that the standards are changing, MEN are not free to escape from this very public ridicule either. In fact, studies show that men are now more concerned with their body image than they with their jobs. Young boys today are developing eating disorders and pumping themselves full of weigh-protein and steroids in order to meet the ‘status-quo’ of the awe-inspiring media portrayal of what a ‘Man’ should look like. Beth Greenfield, a senior writer for Yahoo! Beauty, addressed this issue when Prince Fielder graced the magazine cover for ESPN’s Body Issue. This was thwarted by many as a “new body-image hero”, but was also equally shamed. Does every ‘Man’ need to have a chiselled six pack? Is it the ‘six-pack’ that makes a ‘Man’?
Fat Shaming: Are You “Normal”?
After this debate I have to ask; “Why is it so utterly important that every-single-body must fit ‘the mould’? And, who the hell dictates what it is we ‘should’ look like? Why the hell does it matter so much?” In my opinion, if you’re happy living your lifestyle, however healthy or unhealthy it may be considered, why worry about this strong-hold the media takes on body-image? Confidence is so sexy!