It’s no secret that I love a trashy magazine. But the level of fat shaming in some of them is off the scale.
There is one in particular, which I’m choosing not to name here (I’m not giving them the publicity). The last few weeks their front page has included a photograph of some poor (female, obviously) celebrity, highlighting their recent weight gain. I mean how dare they? Eat food and over indulge a little and find this stuff hard just like the rest of us? Inside the pages of course, even more references to famous faces who are ‘piling on the pounds’.
Consider how that person feels. Struggling with your weight is bloody hard. Sometimes, it is soul destroying. The constant guilt, the on-going battle between what you want and know you can’t have. Watching everything you eat and trying not to give into temptation. There are often complex reasons why people over eat. For many of us, it is a cycle of up and down, good times and bad. Consider again, this private battle being played out for cheap entertainment for the masses. Seeing yourself on the front page of a magazine, your body being held up to ridicule just to sell a few more copies.
What does it say about us that we like to read this stuff? That we think it is okay? Or that we don’t even notice it for what it is? Fat shaming.
This stuff is so regular, so ubiquitous, that it barely registered.
Of course, also within the pages of these magazines, are the diet plans. Get beach body ready. Lose seven pounds in seven days. I did it all with [insert the name of well-known slimming brand that wants to take your money here].
When you are overweight, lots of people have an opinion. When you lose weight, ditto. When I was going through my major weight loss phase, I lost count of the number of people that commented, that felt it was okay to tell me how I ought to look and ought to live.
Life is hard. Weight management is hard. Having a positive body image with images all around telling us that fat is bad, gaining weight is bad, thin is everything.
We don’t need to shame people along the way, make it worse for them and for us.
Enough of the fat shaming. Please.