I am fat. I am overweight. I am the first one in the morning and the last one at night to know that I am overweight. I am not as overweight as I used to be but I am still in the obesity range on the BMI scale. Now I have reduced my BMI from 51 to 39 which is an AWESOME thing to do. But the facts still remain. I am fat. And it is OK.
Here is why. If it is OK to call someone thin or tall or short, it has to be OK to call someone fat. Words are powerful things. If you give power to a word then it will control and own you. Thin is not bad and neither should fat be bad. It is what it is . What matters is if you want to stay that way or change. I don't think every fat person should lose weight. We cannot know if someone is healthy or not simply by looking at them. And that means that someone who appears to be unhealthy by being overweight may not be at all. I looked perfectly healthy when I was going through my cancer treatment 23 years ago. If not for my bald head, you would not have known there was anything wrong. And you would have been wrong.
What we have to do is accept people the way they are. I decided to lose weight because I know that if I did not, I was shortening my life expectancy. My mother had died young and her grandmother had died young and I did not want to do that. I was a year away from getting married when I made the decision and I knew that I wanted as many years as possible with my husband. He wanted the same thing.
I want people to accepted for who they are, not what they look like. Body shaming does not just exist for fat people, all people can be and are body shamed. So be fat. Be tall. Be thin, Be whatever is that makes you special. So here I am, Fat Girl Awesome.