Fat shaming needs to make a comeback. This was the idea that late night show host Bill Maher expressed on his talk show. He mentions that “fat people” need to get themselves together. Maher does not realize that there are several factors that come into play when it comes to being “fat”. Another famous late night show host, James Corden had something to say about Maher’s statement. While being playful yet serious, Corden reminded everyone that the idea of fat shaming never even left to begin with. He continued to discuss the realities that come with fat shaming.
Many believe that “tough love” will “help” . While being overweight does serve to create diseases from high blood pressure to heart disease, there is a way to address the issue. Corden mentioned on his talk show that calling somebody names or teasing them for their weight is actually a form of bullying. As most of us know, bullying leads to other issues such as depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems that will sometimes even lead to overeating. Bullying leads to people having low self esteem which never leads to the right state of mind.
Many celebrities such as Lizzo express themselves by acknowledging that they are not the average size that is considered the “standard of beauty” Lizzo loves every inch of herself, even if there are nights in which she does not think so. You just have to remind yourself of who you are. Your weight does not determine how amazing you actually are. An important thing to remind yourself is that being fat does NOT define who you are. Just because someone else happens to be a bit thinner or loses weight faster does not mean that you will not. Everyone has their own time span and everyone has their own flaws and insecurities. No matter how perfect someone may seem, there will always be something that they do not feel 100% confident in.
If you are trying to improve your health, there are ways to do so without hurting your physical and mental state. You can start small and sooner or later move into biggest steps. Steps such as replacing your soda or juice with water, instead of 3 snacks a day, eat 2; you can run, dance, and sing. As long as it’s at your own pace and you’re happy, you can do it. Never say you can’t because that mentality will not lead you anywhere.
At the end of the day, do not let people dictate how you feel about yourself. Everyday we look at social media and the expectations set there are too high. Everyone seems to display perfect lives. Do not be fooled. Everyone has insecurities, whether it’s external or internal, they are there. Instead of spreading shame or hate, let’s spread the kindness. In the state of this time, we all know we need it.