Fat Shaming in the Media

The Over Abundance of Fat Shaming:

It seems like the media (and its consumers) thrives on fat shaming. Is this seriously a genuine form of entertainment? Have we become so bored with life and all that it has to offer, that we now resort to picking others apart for a laugh? At what point did we become so entitled about our own opinions that we feel it is necessary to spew these words all over social media as a means of ‘educating’ others about themselves? At what point is it OK to say from a third person perspective, to someone you do not know; “You are fat and that makes you unhealthy and unwanted.” Why are people so fervent about making these comments? Why is this such an issue?

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When it comes to the outspoken opinions of someone like Nicole Arbour, I can’t help but feel sorry for her. There is a abundance of this kind of shaming (even though she says it’s not), but I question what the intention is. She says that she hope’s for an overweight person will take these shameful comments and use them as motivation. But is shaming the ‘best’ way to empower a person to do good for themselves? This is where she crosses the line. I think we all need a good shaking-of-the-noggin to really figure out how to positively inspire those who looking for the advice. Not to just hurl our hurtful opinions on to the internet so we can feel some sort of gratification for thinking the way we do. Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one!

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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?

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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! 

 

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