Let’s Chat About Sizeism

A health hazard to the plus community & a big part of social society

Hey y’all, Happy Hump Day! Hope everyone had an amazing Wednesday! I’ve just been gearing up for Halloween this weekend and making sure I’ve done all my work and homework for the week. 

So today’s topic will be “Sizeism”

What do you think of when you hear that word? To start, I wanted to go ahead and explain first what sizeism is, and then how it correlates with the plus community. 

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Sizeism is the discrimination or prejudice directed against people because of their size and especially because of their weight. Now, we all know sexism, and we know racism, but focusing on sizeism is a rarity and has a new face called “fat-phobia”. Sizeism and stereotypes of people within the plus community can have a negative impact on their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is one thing to deliver some advice to someone because you care about their health and want them to be the best version of themselves, but it’s another thing to treat them disrespectfully and “fat shame” or “body shame” them. It is hurtful, stressful, and actually causes people to slip into depression and even anxiety. 

So now let’s talk about the more known phrase in place of sizeism & that would be “fat-shaming” Fat shaming is self-explanatory but in case you didn’t know, it’s the blatant disrespect and scolding of a bigger person, usually coming from a person who is deemed “skinny” or “average” to put it plainly, even though men have been the leading fat -shamers on social media (Saving that tea for a different time 👀). Fat shaming is stitched into the fabric that is “American culture”. It’s everywhere from the workplace to the playground. Embedded in our everyday lives and honestly, we often don’t recognize when we’re even perpetuating fat-phobia. For some, they just tend to naturally spew it. Reminds me of how some people say they aren’t trans-phobic, but still, misgender out of spite or just to be “funny”, when I believe that if someone called them by their wrong race, name, or gender, they’d have an issue about it, but that’s a topic for another time chile 😗. 

Getting back on track, Did y’all know that Michigan is the only state that has passed a law that forbids employers from penalizing bigger people in the workplace? A little fun fact for you, but the reality is, that means in 49 states out of the 50, people can be fired because of how their body looks and how much they weigh. Think of it as bigger people having their very own “glass ceiling” if you will. Denied promotions, raises, acknowledgments, all because you weigh 240, whew chile, the ghetto LOL.

As children, we were taught the golden rule of treating others how we’d like to be treated. (I know y’all remember that one) so while we know that bigger people are stigmatized in almost every area of their lives, it holds a different weight when it starts to affect how our healthcare and medical providers interact with us as well. This isn’t like fashion & media, oh no babes, this is LIFE. Dr. Lila Graue told Healthline that doctors often “fail to provide adequate and timely diagnosis and treatment due to assumptions that affect patients along the “full weight” spectrum.” This bias is deadly and quite frankly terrifying. Especially coming from someone who is supposed to be helping you. 

It’s difficult enough to be deemed unhealthy and slothful. So make sure that despite the odds against you, you stay true to yourself! There’s an entire history of people who have fought and protested to seize sizeism and yet it is still rampant in society today! All we can do is keep educating and hoping people will stop and listen. All bodies are good bodies and are worth being here. I just wanted to share with y’all that this is in more areas of life than just fashion, beauty, and social media. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Wednesday’s (11/3) Topic will be about Dating as a plus-size woman part 2 & this time…In the form of a VIDEO 🎥 You definitely don’t wanna miss that!

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