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Stop Being a Jerk to Fat People

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Every day, Fat People experience how unkind, cruel, and plain ol’ mean people can be towards us. 

Most of the time, Fatphobia lurks under the surface and comes out in microaggressions. Other times, a jerk will come along who is quite vocal about their disdain for Fatness. Regardless of how comfortable you feel voicing these bigoted thoughts, it is time to stop being a jerk to Fat people. Here are a few examples how:

Stop giving us health advice.

You are not a f*cking doctor and we don’t want to hear your advice in our spare time when we’re going grocery shopping, as we’re eating, or via the internet. If you are a doctor – congratulations! You should still try to not be a jerk about our weight.

Stop side-eyeing us.

We can see you. It makes us feel like sh*t. If you don’t think this happens or you don’t recognize yourself doing it, Haley Morris-Cafiero has taken pictures to prove that – yes – it is happening and – yes – you may be side-eyeing us even when you don’t realize.

Stop using Fat as an insult.

We don’t know how many times we have to say this, but here we go again. Fat  is not a bad word. Some people don’t have a problem with being called Fat, other people do. Stop using it to try and quantify someone’s lack of worth.

Stop telling us to “just lose weight.”

If it were that easy, I think a lot of us would have done it already. There are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating why someone is overweight – mental, emotional, physical, socioeconomic issues – and none of them have anything to do with you. It’s not your damn business.

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Cassandra Appleby

Cassandra Appleby is a marketing student at San Francisco State University, set to graduate in May. Being plus size her entire life, she is passionate about promoting body positivity and empowering others to find their confidence.

There is a serious problem with how the world values Fat People.

A Fat Girl’s Guide is a series of articles aimed toward breaking negative stereotypes surrounding fatness. “Fat” is a word riddled with pain, bias, and stereotypes. Cassandra’s goal is to break these connotations into easily digestible, bite-size chunks and hopefully make you laugh along the way.

What does it mean to be a Fat Girl? Well, it means that you don’t have to be a “girl” at all. These articles represent things fellow Fat Girls, Boys, Non-Binaries, Transsexuals, and the like go through.

A Fat Girl is…
• Anyone who has been marginalized for their size (regardless of gender, sexuality, race, age, disability – you get the picture).
• Anyone who has been told they are not valuable because of their appearance.
• Anyone who is tired of following society’s rules on how we should look, act, perform, and exist in this world.

How does Cassandra navigate being a Fat Girl in one of the most vain cities in the world? Well, read on.

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