Fatphobia and body-shaming: 10 ways it manifests itself

Fatphobia and body-shaming: 10 ways it manifests itself

There is no peace for women, especially women, in the flesh.

From insults to models of the caliber of Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday, to comments to photos on social media, over or plus-size women experience the stigma of their weight every day.

And there is not a day that someone does not remind them that they have extra pounds and that they should lose weight.

In Italy the phenomenon is still underestimated, while abroad more and more people are becoming aware that there is a social problem rather than a health problem.

That of fatphobia or body shaming , similar phenomena in some respects, although the latter is more generic, and concerns not only chubby women, but women of all sizes.

Abroad, women of the caliber of Virgie Tovar , a feminist, and doctors like Linda Bacon , try to dispel commonplaces every day about excess pounds.

Here are some examples.

  • Body weight and health are not always linked: you can be healthy even with 10 or 15 or 20 kilos more.
  • Whatever we are doing to stem the growing obesity problem is NOT working.
  • Oversized people aren’t the ones who have never been on a diet in their life. They often followed more weight loss diets than others.
  • The stigma of weight – discrimination based on weight – creates perhaps more serious health problems than having a few extra pounds.
  • One should focus on a healthy life, regardless of one’s size.

Today we see 10 typical situations of fatphobia , or discrimination of people in the flesh, according to activist Virgie Tovar.

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