Posts with the tag: Fat Phobia

Subvert The 'Body Hierarchy'

We’re barraged day after day by oppressive messages that certain bodies are more valuable than other bodies.

These messages are based on body hierarchy, a system that ranks our place on its ladder depending on our unique human characteristics. Some we’re born with; others change as we live. The list includes body size, gender, race, class, age, ability and health status. Body hierarchy is built on the belief that there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to have a body.

The solution to poor body image isn’t to fix our bodies or even to just try harder to love what we see in the mirror, making our body the problem. It’s to dismantle what’s driving it, the root cause, this system that ranks some bodies as better than others. When we embrace body diversity the system will crash and body image will be a challenge of the past. Ultimately, by celebrating the uniqueness of each human body we can create a kind, just, compassionate world for every body.

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Body acceptance is a radical act of self-love

I am standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. All bodies are good bodies.

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Size or shape doesn’t define your health

Health comes in all different sizes and shapes. Smaller bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy person, nor do larger bodies tell the story of a lazy person. You can’t know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at her body.

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Check yourself: Fat isn’t a four-letter word

Our culture has indoctrinated us to fear fat if we want to be good, happy and healthy. As a result, those assumptions are accepted as truths.

All weight gain is bad; all weight loss is good.

All thin people are happy; all fat people are unhappy.

All thin people are healthy; all fat people are unhealthy.

I am asking you to question these assumptions.

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Dear diet — it’s not me, it’s you, so goodbye

Diets and diet culture is causing more harm them good. They are presented as the solution to our health problems but can actually be creating physical, mental and emotional health challenges.

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Mom’s body attitude can shape daughter’s

Never before have our girls been more obsessed with their weight and appearance. They are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents, according to the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.

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