It’s a word we often associate with negativity. If you look up synonyms for the word fat you get examples such as inflated, blimp, potbellied and even whale like. So, if we see how much negativity is associated with this word, why do we keep using it? Society has normalized words such as fat on an everyday basis. We walk around calling people this word because it is acceptable. We don’t just use the word fat as a noun anymore, but it has become an adjective that people often use as an insult. An insult that is seen thrown around in public on an everyday basis with no repercussion.


The problem with negatively associating words such as these is that it comes with great consequences. People usually develop body image issues around their childhood and teenage years and it affects a great part of womxn. Womxn can be heard making statements such as “too fat” over and over again when describing their bodies. Arms are fat, legs are fat, anything can be fat and unfortunately, we believe fat is bad. But what it isn’t? what would happen if we take away all negative meanings from the word fat?


It’s not an easy task finding beauty in a word that has been socially embedded in us as an insult or ugly term, but it can be done, you just have to look within yourself. Ask yourself this question: why do you believe fat is bad? Once you go through the process of disentangling all the negativity associated with that word, will you come to realize that you only think this because people made you believe so.


When you go through the journey of unraveling your inner beauty and love for yourself, society’s view on what is beautiful will become irrelevant. Your body will create folds, stretch marks, cellulite, and much more and slowly you will come to realize that that it is okay. The fat you were so worried about, that fat everyone told you was ugly, it is beautiful. It is a part of you, a part of your growth, a part of your life, and a part of your beauty. You will soon come to realize that no matter how your body looks as soon as you find your inner beauty and self-acceptance everything else you worried about with your body is minor.


So, what can we do to help all womxn understand fat is beautiful? Educate yourself. Whenever you hear or see someone using the word fat in a negative way, deconstruct it. Know that people (especially womxn) struggle every day in accepting their bodies. There is great ignorance in shaming people for how they look like and even greater ignorance in using words such as fat as a slur because everyone else does it.


Change will not happen from one day to the next, but it can start with you. You have a voice that can be used to educate. To make change within your family, your friends, and even the community you live in. It is a chain reaction that you can start.


 All body types are beautiful, no matter what you look like, your body comes first. It is your most prized position, your entire being. Take care of yourself, love yourself, and treat everyone around you with compassion and empathy. Show people that fat is not ugly, fat is not bad. It is just a word, and it has no power over you.


Always remember there is no such thing as perfect and that the perception of beauty isn’t just singular.


Everyone is beautiful.


“Hello Body” Illustration by Frances Cannon


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