Weight Stigma Needs to Stop

So, this is Weight Stigma Awareness Week, and I would be remiss to not acknowledge that with a post to call bullshit on fatphobia.

The truth is, though, that I’m feeling overwhelmed with even knowing how to begin. As a personal trainer, I hear fatphobic comments on a near-daily basis—not only from other trainers, but also from my clients and students themselves. I come face-to-face with the heart-crushing, shame-based effects of weight stigma so often that I am all too aware of its many insidious manifestations.

As a result, I am going to do my best to keep this post very, very simple.

I want to shout from the rooftops that it is okay to be fat.

I’ll say it again, with some extra emphasis: you and your body—exactly as they are, right in this very moment—are whole, complete, and deserving of respect, no matter what.

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Your value does not depend on your adherence to a certain diet or exercise program. Your value does not increase if you are a so-called “Good Fatty.” 

Your worth does not require you to lose anything at all.

You deserve top-notch, respectful care from doctors, fitness professionals, employers, and every other person you encounter.

Your right to thorough medical care should not be dependent upon whether or not you lose weight. 

You do not deserve to be publicly derided by anyone, including artists, celebrities, or presidential hopefuls.

Your worth is not dependent on your appearance, size, feelings about exercise, or carb intake. It is an intrinsic part of who you are.

Period.

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