"The reality is that fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise, and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an eating disorder — it’s a lifestyle change."
-

Lesley Kinzel (via curvesahead)

I will always reblog this because it is so so important. 

(via infinitetransit)

I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks. 

Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight? 

That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin. 

(via madamethursday)

(Source: xojane.com, via theclassydame)

Anonymous asked: What about the health problems that have to do with weight such as diabetes and heart diseases? And what is your opinion on the people (both male and female) that make themselves obese as a fetish (they exist, it's disturbing imo). I have no problem with your cause, I admire it, but I am curious :) have a nice day

fatanarchy:

Well, I’ve talked about this a lot on my blog, but I guess it’s been a while… and who want’s to go digging, right?

Health problems = none of anyone’s business. You say “What about health problems?” What about them? Unless they belong to you, they’re not your concern, or relevant to you in any way. Also, you should probably learn about things like causation vs. correlation and stop associating fatness with things like diabetes. Here is a super awesome, potentially tear-jerking, compelling story about a doctor and his experience with a fat person and how maybe doctors are looking at fat people and diabetes all wrong. Also there is this important new documentary coming out that everyone should see about sugar and the food industry. So yeah, maybe stop asking loaded questions like that, thanks. 

Feederism? I feel pretty much the same way. YKINMKBYKIOK. It’s none of my business or anyone else’s besides the people involved.

Essentially I’m all about bodily integrity (also known as body autonomy), which, in a nutshell is belief in the “inviolability of the physical body” and the “self-determination of human beings over their own bodies”.

<3

stophatingyourbody:

If you’re thin, you don’t have to say ‘but I eat all the time!’/’I have a fast metabolism!’

If you’re fat, you don’t have to say ‘it’s genetic!’/’I’m trying to lose weight!’

You don’t need to explain to anybody why your body is the way it is. Your body is YOUR body, and that’s all the justification you need.

(via theclassydame)

Anonymous asked: Don't you think that if you preach "love your body even if you're obese" you're encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle.

melissamaynase:

5/30

In response to the anonymous tumblr question:

Don’t you think that if you preach “love your body even if you’re obese” you’re encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle?

Short answer: No.

Medium answer: No, and also what people do with their bodies – healthy or unhealthy – is none of your fucking business. It’s not your body. Do whatever you want with your body. Worry about your body. My 9 year olds get this. I don’t understand where your cognition is being interrupted.

Long answer:

A body is a complicated thing

The very construction of a body is a Rube-Goldberg-miracle

Millions of systems working themselves opus so that I can

do the most minute and simple things

Like click open my inbox with the intricate highway of carpal nerves

Worry my gut open in nervous anticipation of attack

All of the muscles required to roll my eyes, again, at the lack of identity

behind your personal and invasive request

You are being responded to by a complex and beautiful machine and

I hope you treat this answer with the respect it deserves

Bodies, dear anonymous, should be healthy.

Should be fit.

Health, an important and glowing rhetoric that people have

learned to swallow like a too-large pill – something that

cannot be determined based upon presentation alone

Something that does not fit square peg into square hole

quite the way you have been led to believe

Fitness, regarding the biological definition, a trait that

exists to increase the chances of survival

Both important things

But bodies do not body in flesh and muscle and sinew alone

My message, dear anonymous tumblr human, is not

“love your body even if you’re obese”

My message is simply  - love your body.

Love your body exactly as it is.

Love your body because it has never done anything

but vessel you, hold you in and break you open

at exactly the right times

Love your body even when it is broken

Love your body even when it doesn’t look like bodies

that are commonly celebrated

Love your body because it is celebration

Love your body because illness can be conjured

Can be invisible

Can be manifested

Love your body because any good thing you do for your body

comes from believing that your body is worthy of good things

Love your body because it will never be heavier or more

difficult to carry than hate for your own reflection

Love your body because if you do not, you will never truly

allow it to be loved by other bodies

Love your body because it is the truest act of peace, to bring

harmony between your heart and your limbs

Between your spirit and your flesh

Between your mind and your unquestioned, swallowed truth

Love your body because there is a world out there that

will do all of the hating your body can handle and

your quiet should be shelter, not inquisition

Not torture

Not hangman

Love your body because it is a symphony in flux

Because it is not the same as it was yesterday and it will

not be the same tomorrow but it is still deserving of

respect and

praise and

basic human decency

Love your body because it gives other bodies permission to love themselves

Love other’s bodies because you do not know how far they have come when

their path intersects with yours

Love other’s bodies because sometimes they have been forced

through a kind of hell you cannot imagine

Love other’s bodies because.

Because we all have bodies

Because all we are trying to do is ensure our survival

Because we cannot subsist on fear, on brow-beating

Because any change made on the back of shame

is a change that never presents in truth

But change made in love infects every cell

Transforms

Evolves into something beautiful

Something healthy

Love your body because it is the most radical act of revolution

Love your body because love for your body is something you have to be taught

Love your body because it is your body.

Your Body.

YOUR body.

And what you do with YOUR body

Is nobody’s fucking business

But yours.

She nailed it. - Riann

unskinny:

We don’t sit around eating donuts and pizza 24/7.  And honestly, I don’t even know someone who does… ever.  IN FACT, we eat just like normal people *GASP*  Yes, that’s right.  We all have different daily diets and like different things.  Sometimes a fat person eats a cheeseburger and sometimes a fat person eats a salad and sometimes a fat person skips breakfast because they are late for school or work.  But what you should be more concerned about is why you are even bothering yourself with what someone else is eating.  

We do not promote weight gain or weight loss.  The whole point of being body positive is to love yourself no matter what you weigh.  It’s about knowing that bodies change all the time.  It’s about knowing that a 300 pound man is just as much of a human, with emotions, dreams, and goals as someone who is 150 pounds or 200 pounds or 120 pounds or 400… really, the point is the pounds don’t matter when it comes to how much love and respect one deserve.  

We do not promote unhealthy lifestyles.  Let me say this again, we do not promote unhealthy lifestyles!  People like to come at us like we are telling everyone to never exercise again and to ignore all doctors and that we are trying to create a fat army of well dressed fat babes.  Well, that would be cool but that’s not the point.  The point in talking about health is that we are all in charge of our own personal health. No one has ever once said that you should ignore all of your health issues.  All we are saying is that person’s poor health doesn’t make them a bad person, it doesn’t make them undeserving of love, and it doesn’t make them suddenly deserving of being bullied and ridiculed.  I don’t care if it’s a fat person with type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure or someone with an STD or someone with cancer or HIV or someone with a broken foot or someone with depression or bi-polar disorder, we are still all important and deserve love and respect, not ridicule or bullying.  A person’s health is their business.  It’s not my business what a person’s health is and it’s not your business, so just stop talking about it.  

We don’t hate thin people.  When we talk about thin privilege, we are not saying that a thin person has never been bullied for their body.  We are not saying that all thin people have perfect lives and are always accepted. What we are saying is that if you ever want to understand where we are coming from, listen to our experiences.  Understand that there is a difference between a thin person being told to eat a cheeseburger and a fat person being told to eat a salad.  When a thin person actually eats a cheeseburger, very little is said.  When a fat person eats a salad, we are still a joke.  We are always a joke no matter what we do.  We are a joke when we go to the gym, we are a joke when we are at McDonalds, we are a joke when we are in swimsuits, and we are a joke when we go on diets. We are a never-ending joke because we are fat.  Our fat bodies have become justification to be bullied.  None of this means that we don’t like thin people.

What is most important in the fat positive community is self love.  We want people to understand that loving yourself is important.  It’s healthy and can bring a person a lot of personal growth and change that is sometimes much needed.  There are people out there who believe everything a fat shaming asshole tells them.  They believe they are worthless, that their bodies are wrong, that they are ugly and that they don’t deserve anything good in their lives. And that is just not true.  

Reblogged for great truth! - Riann

"Fat people have the right to exist in fat bodies regardless of how we got fat, what being fat means, or if we could be thin through some means – however easy or difficult. There are no other valid opinions on this – we have the right to exist without shaming, bullying or stigmatization, period."

frostineshake:

dynastylnoire:

thefattest-illnana:

bitchlorette:

Fed Up Fat Girl, The Meme

Completely here for this

SONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! bless this post!

" I like sex with big girls- they appreciate it more" 

" I normally like skinny girls.. but you are really pretty" 

YES TO ALL OF THIS. YES YES YES YES YES. - Riann

(via fatbodypolitics)

teakettel:

singingtomysoul:

arseniccupcakes:

SO MUCH LADY LOVE

I LOVE GISELLE YOU GUYS 

No, but what gets me in this movie

is that every woman is beautiful to Giselle.

Women who wear suits and aren’t cute and petite. Women with wide hips and large rear ends and small breasts. Women who are black and white and every other ethnicity she came across, I’m sure. Women with straight hair and natural hair and grey hair. Older women and middle-aged women and young women.

Everyone is beautiful to Giselle. There’s no reason anyone wouldn’t be beautiful. There’s no reason beauty should ever be just one thing, that being a princess should ever be just one thing.

Everyone is a princess to Giselle, and if one of the princesses politely corrected her and said they were a prince she’d probably nod earnestly and talk about how dashing and handsome they looked too.

Nailed it.

(Source: gamineponine, via theclassydame)

(via peacockminx)

We all look gorgeous/beautiful/handsome/perfect/wonderful when wearing a smile. :) -Raine

(Source: centerofmyuniverse)