The “F” word is forbidden to say out loud, and it’s something you shouldn’t say almost ever. But do you comply with the rules? The word I’m referring to is fat–a person or animal having a large amount of excess flesh. When it’s used, most people would say, “it’s just a word,” or that “no harm was intended” but is that really true?
Coming from a big girl like myself, I can firsthand tell you, it’s not “just a word,” but it most definitely does some hurt whether it’s short term or long term. Growing up, I was always the chubby girl and I didn’t really have a problem with it until middle school when I got called fat for the first time. I cried. Hard. Of course it wasn’t in front of everybody because I’m a boss, and I don’t let people see my weak side. Period. But that doesn’t change the fact that being called the “F” word hurt my feelings, and when I hear the word to this day at age 15, I still kinda want to just disappear for like 30 minutes.
In most cases, smaller/slimmer people try to play off the “joke” by saying that bigger people “did this to themselves so they have no reason to be upset”. Skinnier people may say that being called fat is “just a joke” and that the fat person is being “too sensitive.” But until you’re in that position of being teased about your size, you really can’t say how a person should feel. It’s very hard to be 100 percent satisfied with the curves you have, and when you get to that point of acceptance with your curves you will realize how all those years of constant negativity built you up into the person you are today.
Imagine living in a world where you’re being told that if you’re over 130 pounds you’re gonna die before age 50, and that you should eat everything in moderation, and then you’ll belong. It sucks and it isn’t fair. The world makes the plus size population seem as these people you shouldn’t want to be like, so we are forced to either deal with our weight or get rid of it and it isn’t fair at all. We are people too and we shouldn’t be looked at as anything otherwise. If you are a plus size person struggling with confidence YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. PERIOD. Everyone is beautiful whether you’re a size 2 or 20. Nobody is better than the next person, so why judge?
It’s 2019 stop body shaming. It’s weird.
By Justyce Fleming, Junior, Morgan Park High School