I Feel Fat…

A petition has been making the rounds on change.org to remove the option to add “fat” as an option when adding “feelings” to a status. A representative from Endangered Bodies had this to say:

“Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I saw a friend’s status set to “feeling fat,” accompanied by an emoji with chubby cheeks and a double chin. I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made me feel angry.

As someone who has struggled with and overcome disordered eating, I know what it’s like to “feel” fat. I have spent years of my life consumed with negative thoughts about my body, and far too many days starving myself in an effort to lose weight. But even worse than the skipped meals and the hours spent obsessing in front of the mirror was the fear of what others thought about me and my body.

When Facebook users set their status to “feeling fat,” they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. That is not ok. Join me in asking Facebook to remove the “fat” emoji from their status options”.

Alright, yeah I feel for you. I can’t put myself in your shows and speak about what it’s like to go through an eating disorder but I’ll tell you one thing — no matter what experiences you’ve gone through in your own life — you have absolutely no right to criticize what other people say about themselves. Although I agree with you, fat is not a feeling, “feeling fat” is most certainly a thing.

Now “feeling fat” is a term reserved for people who “consider themselves to be overweight” because of course, the majority of people in the world don’t consider themselves to be overweight. That’s how the human mind works, doesn’t it? It’s constantly telling you that you’re perfect, that you have a perfect body and you are always the hottest person in the room. If you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic.

It completely escapes me how somebody with a past history with eating disorders actively wants to stop others from expressing how they feel about themselves because she does not agree with it. It seems that when she saw this particular persons status, her blood began to boil because she did not agree — “it was supposed to be funny”. “When Facebook users set their status to “feeling fat,” they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders.” With all due respect, get over yourself. This isn’t about you. When Facebook users set their status to “feeling fat” they have just eaten a big meal, they feel a little bloated, they feel guilty they missed their gym session today, maybe there’s a little voice in the back of their heads telling them that they’re “fat”, maybe they’ve put on a bit of weight and it bothers them a little, maybe it bothers them a lot or maybe it doesn’t bother them at all. This is their opinion of themselves and has literally nothing to do with you. If you have a sensitive reaction to this, brace yourself for the harsh truth, that’s your own problem. You can not censor other people because of your own specific reaction, I mean, it’s not like they’re insulting your religion…

What bothers me about this petition is that almost ten thousand people have signed it without realising that what this petition is trying to is the exact opposite to the solution that it needs. People (women AND men) need not be prevented from speaking about how they feel about their bodies. Sufferers of eating disorders and those close to them know more than anyone that the image you have of yourself in your head may not be the one that other people see, or the one that the mirror is showing you. If this is what you feel, you have every right to share this feeling. You have every right to share your insecurities. You’re only human and everyone is on the same boat. Yet, almost ten thousand people have signed a petition to say “No, I don’t think you’re fat so you are not allowed to say it”. HELLO.

Wake up. Get over yourselves and let people say whatever the hell they want about themselves, even if they don’t believe it. Even if it’s for attention. Don’t we live in a Je Suis Charlie generation. Or do we just follow every hashtag and every trend we see aimlessly? (Oh, by the way, sign my petition to prevent people from saying the white and gold dress is any other colour).

I’ll mention now, that I personally believe that most of the time sharing your “feeling” for the day on Facebook is not only unnecessary but it’s probably a sign that you need to get out more. By no means do I think it will begin a “love your body” revolution. However, I’ll defend your right to share all the ridiculous status updates that you desire. If you really have a problem with it, you have the right to hide the culprit from your newsfeed but you do not have the right to censor them. Click here to sign this far superior petition instead or yknow, one of the petitions that actually matters.

I’ll end this by saying that beauty is everywhere, in every size and shape, even if you’re feeling fat.

#JeSuisFeelingFat.

S

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