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Fat Acceptance Greatest Hits

These blog posts are some of my favourites.  Some of them brought me to fat acceptance.  All of them keep me here.  Thanks to all who wrote them for changing my life.

1. The Fantasy Of Being Thin by Kate Harding.

“Accepting my fat really wasn’t the hard part. Accepting my personality — and my many limitations that have jack shit to do with my thighs — was. But oddly enough, once I started to do that, my life became about a zillion times more satisfying.”

2.  Why I Blog About Being Fat by Sleepydumpling.

“I want to bring other people the peace that I have found with fat acceptance and positive body image. I want other people to not feel the self loathing and pain anymore, just like I no longer feel them (most of the time!) I want people like me to know they are not alone, and people who’ve battered themselves physically and emotionally for their whole lives to find the calm and peace I am finding.”

3. Thin Privilege, Please Don’t Eat Me! by PDDP.

“When I was fat, I was suddenly “smelly” and “disgusting”. Now that I’m thin again I’m “sexy” and “beautiful”. “Thin privilege doesn’t exist” MY ASS. It does so exist, been there, done that, LIVING IT.”

4. But… But… But…!, and Myth: Fat Always = Overeating by Living ~400lbs.

“Like many teenagers who grew up being told they were too fat, I assumed I was a binge eater, because I wanted to eat more than any diet allowed. I even found myself “binging”, or rather, eating a larger than average dinner, after skipping breakfast and lunch. It was only as an adult that I realized being overly hungry after not eating for 22 hours is not binge eating disorder, that’s natural reaction to not eating.”

5. Fat Hatred Kills part 1, part 2 and part 3 by Thorn, guest posted to Shapely Prose.

“Being fat didn’t kill my mom. What killed her was being too ashamed of being fat to go see a doctor on an even moderately regular basis. What killed her was being so ashamed of her fat that she didn’t advocate for herself when she needed to. What killed her was the message she got, day in and day out, that if she wasn’t considered fuckable by the majority of the population, she didn’t deserve to be treated with dignity or respect. What killed her was a fucking DOCTOR deciding that his Hippocratic Oath didn’t cover fat chicks, and thus my mom’s health wasn’t any of his concern.”

5. Yeah, I’m a Junkie, and a Liar Too and  How Hard Must I “Try” Before You Stop Hating Me? by Meowser, and Weight Watchers Works. For Two Out of a Thousand. (And They Probably Weren’t Fat to Begin With) by Fat Fu.

“But in the blogosphere? Hooboy. Tell people you’re fat and you think “calories in-calories out” is a bunch of oversimplified horsehockey, and it’s like tossing goldfish in a shark tank. CHOMP. No matter what I say, it always comes down to one thing — “you’re not trying hard enough.””

6. The Rules Of Nutrition by The Fat Nutritionist.

“First rule of nutrition: eat or die.  Second rule of nutrition: there are no other rules.”

7. Smaller Fats and Larger Fats: Once More Round the Mulberry Bush by The Rotund, aka Marianne Kirby.

“In short: society treats fat people like crap. This manifests in common ways that most of us experience and it also manifests in more size-specific ways. As a person gets larger, the experience gap grows. This is okay. This is normal. Acknowledging it doesn’t make smaller fats less fat and it doesn’t make larger fats more worthy of some More Oppressed Than Thou crown.”

8. don’t be love-handling me thankyou very much by Bri from Fat Lot Of Good.

“You are jealous because we don’t care. You are jealous because we aren’t slaves to dieting or to the gym. You are threatened because we aren’t running scared from the myriad of health issues you would have us afflicted with. You are threatened because we are ‘bold and sassy and uncowed’. Our attitudes don’t fit into the way fat people should act and that scares the living beejesus out of you because it invalidates what you invest so much time, effort and energy on – striving for that social ideal.”

9. On Thin Privilege by Volcanista, guest posted to Shapely Prose.

“So apparently, if you’re “too thin?” (to live? Clearly not!) – oh well! We know there’s nothing you can do about it (because for some reason, THAT has entered public awareness, but the futility and harmfulness of weight loss programs have not), and at least you aren’t fat (because while my BMI category may have the highest mortality rate, at least the movies say I’m sexy!). And while “Put some meat on your bones!” may make me want to break a window with my bare hands, it doesn’t even compare with repeated, hateful catcalls of “Whale!” or “Cow!””

10. Exceptions That Aren’t by Fillyjonk.

“Just as a disabled person isn’t a broken able-bodied person, and a black person isn’t a darkened white person, and a woman isn’t a wangless man, a fat person isn’t just a thin person who ate too much.”

11. Last but definitely not least, I can NOT believe we have to have this conversation again by Polimicks.

“What people in Fat Acceptance land are saying is that YOU don’t know why someone is fat just by looking at them. You don’t. You don’t know if they’re on meds, if they fucked up their joints running triathalons and hold a world record from before their joints went south, or if they really do mainline jelly bellies while snorting pure confectioner’s sugar, and throwing darts at pictures of that asshole Jillian Michaels. YOU DON’T KNOW THAT.”

Oh, and Kate Harding’s BMI Project is also brilliant.

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  1. June 10, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Thank you so much! I’m really honoured that you consider my post one of your greatest hits. You’ve totally made my day go from lovely to AWESOME!

    • June 10, 2010 at 5:47 am

      No thank you, that post is quite excellent! I wish more people could read it.

  2. June 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Thank you! I’m glad you liked them – especially the “But…But…” one 😉

    • June 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

      I really love your blog. I even tried to get my mom to read it!

  3. June 10, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks! But the Weight Watchers post wasn’t mine, it was FatFu’s (she is the blog’s founder).

    • June 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

      Oops! I will change that when I’m at my computer.

  4. October 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    A fantastic grouping of blog posts. I’ll be linking to this one at my blog for all the great links if you don’t mind!

  1. June 11, 2010 at 12:52 am

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