Why do people have to be so damn mean? I will never understand it. It’s been labeled as “fat-shaming” and I’ve dealt with it my whole life….jerks that like to get their kicks by making fun of larger individuals. It started for me when I was a kid. Generally it was the boys that would make rude comments. When I was in elementary school I was asked if I take up two seats at the movie theater. I was called fatty. I was called the fat friend. You name it, I’ve heard it. I became very reserved and tried to not draw attention to myself because I was afraid if I did, someone would make fun of my weight. At that time, it really hurt my feelings and I couldn’t understand why they would be so mean to me. I took it extremely personal.
Fast forward to adulthood, I now notice that anytime there is a picture of a curvy girl on any social media outlet there’s always at least one or two people that are just downright mean and nasty. These are adults!!! A lot of times I think they just do it for attention which I find to be really sad. But still, it really bothers me. Not because I am a chubby girl but because they are attacking someone they know nothing about. The person in the photo could have some serious health issues she has no control over or could have just lost 10 pounds and was so excited she decided to post a selfie. But then some troll decides to completely cut her down for their own enjoyment. What is wrong with these people??? Can’t a woman feel confident and not be persecuted by critics?
Luckily I have come to a point in my life that the fat shamers (a.k.a. assholes) no longer affect me as much as they did when I was a kid. Does it still bother me? I would be lying if I said no. But I no longer take it personally and know that their words are a reflection of their true selves and not a reflection of me.