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almost overweight and articles about fat acceptance

Friday, March 29, 2013

Surprised by this morning's weigh in of down 1.3 lbs, I realized I was 5 lbs from being overweight.
5 lbs. That's so small! I'm a stomach flue away from overweight. no more obese.
Although I'd never really considered myself obese. When I think obese, I think roly poly type, not just a couple of extra chins.
I've been reading articles by Leslie at xojane.com about fat acceptance and body shaming, and her attitude is just amazing.

"I am fat. No, really, I am, and please donít tell me Iím not. {...} Donít tell me that at least Iím not like the intervention-requiring fat people trapped in their beds either, because those fat people are still people, and they donít deserve to be held up as inhuman boogeymen to underscore the horrors that manifest from unrepentant fattery."

She's very into 'people are people, fat or not' and how to treat others no matter their size or rudeness. I know I hold a stigma against large people. I can't help it. The media has made me so. Society in America has pushed me into it. However, as I mature, I can definitely change that attitude.

It's kind of like how a few years ago I discovered I was uncomfortable with mentally handicapped people to the point where I avoided them rudely. I was taught to treat them differently since I was in grade school. The special kids did not eat with us, did not go to the bathroom with us, did not ride the bus with us. They were not equal. I didn't even realize I was treating them that way, but with a lot of work and exposure to people of that group, I am able to talk to them normally, without treating them as if they are beneath me.

I will try harder. I will treat others better.

Here's the article if you want to read it.
www.xojane.com/healthy/o
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SKINNYIS4PUNKS 4/4/2013 1:22PM

    Just came across your blog while searching for fat acceptance topics on SP. This has been my favorite so far. There seems to be a lot of strongly held presuppositions regarding fat acceptance, and whether or not it's a good thing. Personally, I'm all for it, but most sparkers seem to view it a cop-out for living an unhealthy lifestyle. I don't see it that way. I see it as a positive way of encouraging health in all it's aspects - physical, mental, spiritual. Thanks for a well-written view on the topic!

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