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The Reason You Hate Fat People Isn’t Because You Care About Their Health

Unsplash — Siora Photography

Fat people simply existing in this world does not mean they are advocating or promoting anything; let’s start there

This problem goes beyond Lizzo.  This is a problem of how fat-shaming, body-shaming, and faux-health concern are rooted in our culture.

One of the core issues here is automatically equating thinness to health. Even medical professionals see fatness as the cause of illnesses that have nothing to do with weight.

A woman named Karyn S. had a horrid sinus infection and was lectured by a physician on how she needed to lose weight as she was hacking on the consultation table.

Rebecca Hiles was told by her doctors for years that her persistent, violent coughing fits were “clearly just weight-related” when in actuality, her lung was rotting.

Martina Donkers was told that her increasingly painful knee pain was “due to early-onset arthritis as a result of my being overweight” despite being an active dancer and netball player. She was diagnosed with ‘patellae chondromalacia’ and told she would have to manage that for the rest of her life. Her doctor told her, “It was probably hereditary, exacerbated by my weight.” After joining a gym, she was introduced to a personal trainer who helped her ease the pain of her knee condition- completely ridding her of the pain in six months. The treatment style changed, not her weight.

A friend of Virgie Tovar had been dealing with severe exhaustion but chose not to see a doctor for a while in fear of being told to just “lose weight.” It turns out that she was anemic. She had to undergo an emergency blood transfusion because her red blood cell count was so low.

And fat-phobia related horror stories go on.

Fat-phobia kills

If doctors (people with whole ass degrees) are treating fat patients differently because of their weight, imagine how accurate the on-the-spot-diagnosing from randoms are?

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Beauty Black Issues Medium Social Issues

Beauty and the Blackfishing

Isabell Winter — Unsplash

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. That’s a bold-faced lie.

A few days ago, I saw a bunch of people posting a picture of some random woman on Twitter, saying she was doing blackface. Before you open images on Twitter, you only see the top half. So all I saw was this:

Kim Kardashian West — Twitter

“What are they talking about? She’s clearly blac- oh my god, it’s Kim Kardashian.”

Kim Kardashian West — Twitter

I was shocked. I thoroughly thought it was some photo shoot featuring a light-skinned black woman. NOT Kim K: a woman of Armenian and English descent.

What is going on?

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Am I Ugly Because I’m Black or Am I Just Ugly?

Nowshad Arefin — Unsplash

“Nose job”

“las vegas plastic surgeon”

“Black nose job”

“Nose job cost”

“How old do you have to be to get a nose job”

“African American nose job”

“Ethnic rhinoplasty”

 

With tears streaming down my face, I hastily typed those phrases into Google. It was a couple of days before my 17th birthday, and I couldn’t fathom looking as I do for another solitary second. Too black.

Luis Galvez — Unsplash

My mind is colonized. I will be the first to admit that. Any distaste I have for my personal features comes from the brainwashing millions of black Americans face their entire lives: black is ugly, white is not.

Ever since I was a little kid, I equated beauty with whiteness and lighter skin. Being bombarded with a sea of white actresses in nearly every show and movie and all the heartthrobs being solely white men will do that.

Google images seem to agree with me. You don’t get black people included in the initial searchings for “beautiful ___” until you add ‘black’ to the search engine.

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