I've recently been hearing a lot of people taking Fat Acceptance the wrong way, I thought i'd delve into what I believe it's about. I think the majority of people that aren't fat, don't entirely understand what it is. I have seen that others think it is promoting obesity, well, it's not. Just because we may be fat doesn't mean we want everyone to be fat. That's not what plus size blogs are about. All we are doing is showing others (I used to be one of them) how you CAN work with your body & that you don't HAVE to hate your self just because society is telling you to.In no way are we condoning that fat is great and everyone should be fat, we are merely accepting our bodies and dealing with our self confidence. Many comments I've seen in the Fatshion world are patronising & dictating what a bigger person SHOULD wear. If we all stuck to the "safe" area, we wouldn't be able to express ourselves & build our self confidence. They seem to always begin with "You should worry about your health", "I feel sorry for you diseased people". Firstly, just because we are fat, does not mean that we definetely have problems with our health. Some people do, but so do others of all shapes and sizes? Pitying us is extremely patronising. We do not need your pity because we are fat. Why would people assume that because we are bigger, we hate our bodies? Plus diseased!? I've been seeing that a lot, we are not diseased. We are simply fat. We can all be just as unhealthy with our diets, I know alot of fat people that go to the gym and do exercise & eat healthily. Ofcourse there are fat people who hate their body, but there are also so many others in all different shapes that hate their bodies too. It shouldn't just be associated with fat people.
I'm not entirely happy with my body and by all means wouldn't mind being skinnier. But for the meantime, accepting that I am fat and that I CAN wear nice clothes has helped me build my self confidence. It's still not 100%, but I don't believe anyone's is. There is no point constantly hating my body, it has no benefit to my mental state? I would just fall into societies fat hating hole, which is where I was a few years ago - I do not want to go back.
So to conclude, Fat Acceptance is not condoning being overweight but mentally accepting our bodies for what they are no matter how big or bumpy they may be.
Love Charlotte xx