Recently on our own site there were nasty comments on an article about Gabby Sidibe. Some readers believed that by saying she should be able to portray any role she wants was condoning an unhealthy lifestyle. I disagree, it does not. I was also browsing the web and found a discussion board where fat acceptance was the topic, even there people seemed to be confused on what it means. So I decided to help break down what fat acceptance really means.
Unconditional love means to accept people for who they are and where they are in life. To unconditionally love someone does not mean you are saying “it’s ok that you are an abuser, drug user, criminal, etc.” It says, “I will support you and not turn my back on you.” Fat acceptance is saying the same and that one should not be discriminated against for being plus size, chubby, or fat. We should have the same opportunities available to us as anyone else. It does not say it’s ok to not take on a healthy lifestyle, eat right and take care of oneself. It’s that unconditional love of who we are as humans.
There are many of us (full figured folks) that workout, eat right, and take care of ourselves. All plus size individuals are not one hamburger away from a heart attack. Not all of us have weight related health issues. That’s not to say that we can’t ever gain them, however, there are smaller members of society that have poor eating habits, heart attacks, and just plain do not take care of themselves. For some reason call it metabolism or genetics they are small. Point is you cannot judge a book by its cover and fat acceptance is just about that. It’s about removing the judgments and leveling the playing field.
According to Wikipedia:
The fat acceptance movement (also known as the size acceptance, fat liberation, fat activism, or fat power movement is a social movement seeking to change anti-fat bias in social attitudes.
There is one thing that needs to change in the fat acceptance movement is the reversal of fat-shaming. There are many sites, blogs, and pages that love to put down skinny/small women to uplift plus/curvy women. We should not do this. If we want society to accept us and allow us to go after whatever our dreams or goals may be regardless of our size then we need not to tear others down to build ourselves up. Skinny women should not be referred to as bones or sticks. If a man is a dog neither skinny nor curvy should want him.
Here at Venus Diva we are about Human Acceptance, fat or skinny we want everyone to thrive in their curves. We post workout tips, healthy meals, and motivating articles. If you are not about acceptance then you’ve come to the wrong site.