When I first began researching for this blog, I had a lot of trouble finding anything online that even remotely resembled what I wanted to do here. But, much to my surprise, I did find something else that I wasn’t expecting – and had never actually heard of.
Simply put, this is a basic philosophy built up over time and championed by a whole host of websites and a few writers. The idea is that you can be happy with how you look, regardless of how much you weigh, you can be healthy and overweight, and that hating people for being fat is evil.
Yep, not a bad message, is it?
Websites that promote Fat Acceptance vary in size, shape and colour and each has their own take on the idea, but underneath it all is something that I firmly believe in and hope to promote here – the principle that no matter how much you weigh, you should not have to suffer because of it.
I have blogged before about people who hate those of us who are fat (and for the life of me, I don’t understand why they should feel so passionate about it) so I found it very liberating to discover these groups and the goals they have set for themselves. I haven’t gone through all these sites thoroughly yet, but I thought I’d bring you a few of them if you’re interested. This would be enough to get your started if the idea appeals to you.
Shapely Prose: began in 2007 by the outspoken Kate Harding. She wrote a book about her experiences being overweight, called Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. The blog is no longer active, but has more than 1,200 posts on a range of topics, all very well written, amusing and informative. Worth a look.
Big Fat Blog: has also been going for a few years, and is very much a me
et up point for a lot of other Fat Acceptance blogs. Again, very informative and interesting, and helps create a real community for its members.
Fat Heffalump: this is more of a personal blog, but good to read.
Debra’s Just Maintaining: This isn’t so much of a Fat Acceptance blog as a blog about living with a weight issue, after you’ve lost weight. This might sound like Debra has nothing to offer, but actually, she’s very well-read, and very interesting. She offers a lot of insight into the work and effort required to maintain her weight after quite a few years. She also talks about prejudice against overweight people.
Fierce, Freethinking Fatties: not for the faint-hearted. This is straight-talking Fat Acceptance taking aim at a society that loves to discriminate. It’s also a good place to find other Fat Acceptance blogs, if you like what you read.
Like I said, this sort of thing isn’t for everyone, but if you’re feeling in need of a little courage, these (mostly) ladies will certainly give that boost you need.
- The Fat Acceptance Movement (everydayhealth.com)
- The Stigma of Obesity (everydayhealth.com)
- A Sizable Trend: Colleges Starting To Offer Fat Studies Classes (thefrisky.com)
- Weight Bullying and Kids = Eating Disorder (abigbeautifulworld.com)