16 Lies Fat People Are Tired of Hearing

I don’t know if the assumption is that fat people are really stupid, or just that people are incapable of saying what they really mean, but as a fat person existing in the same space as majoritively thin people you grow accustomed to hearing certain lies on a semi-regular basis. Some of these lies are drenched in fatphobia, while others are clear reflections of a person’s own insecurities, projected onto their fat friend. Whatever the reason, the best way to handle them is to acknowledge them for what they are – whether that is apologetic, ill-informed or just plain stupid – and battle them armed with a hearty eye-roll and some of these sassy responses. Without further ado, here are 16 lies that fat people are so tired of hearing. If you’re guilty of any of them – please stop!

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“Your *whatever* is bad because you’re overweight” – when you’re fat, you could visit the GP with anything – and I mean anything – and it will be attributed to your weight. Chest infection? Lose some weight. Ingrown toenail? Lose some weight. Glassed in a nightclub? Lose some weight. If you receive actual medical advice when your visit your GP then please let me know what that feels like, because apparently from the moment I passed a size 12 I stopped being a human and became a fat lump who was responsible for her own problems.

“You’re going to get diabetes” – No, what I’m going to get is ‘sick of you making assumptions about my health based on the size of my jeans’.

“I’m just worried about your health” – but you’re not though, are you? You didn’t remind me to drink water once today, but you sure as hell took a moment to remind me about how fat I am. That’s not concern, that’s criticism.

“Fat people are gross. Not you. But other people” – Ah okay so fatphobia only applies to people you don’t know. Cool. That makes you a better person.

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“Don’t be silly, you’re not that fat” – But I am fat, and that is okay! I’m not talking about my body so that you can get awkward and embarrassed and pull that staged “don’t be silly” expression. I really am fat. It wasn’t a criticism, it was an observation.

“I’m absolutely huge” (from a size 10) – Please just don’t.

“Horizontal stripes are unflattering” – Well firstly, pull up a chair and allow me to tell you a story about the last time I gave a crap about what is or is not flattering.

“I’m just worried about you being uncomfortable” – But really though. Am I that stupid? “Maybe you should wear some leggings – I’m worried your legs will get cold!” “Maybe you should wear a bigger size – I’m worried about your poor boobs getting squashed!”. You must be a really good friend to only me in particular, because you never seem to have these concerns about your thin friends. Here’s a thought: let me be a grown-ass woman and make my own decisions about the clothes I’m wearing.

“You’d be so beautiful if you lost weight” / “you have such a pretty face” – Lady I know I’ve got a pretty face. I’ve also got cute belly rolls and a big fat sexy butt. Did you have a question?

“We do want to provide clothing for your size, we just want to try out OTHER SIZES first” – Sorry, I couldn’t see you because my eyes had rolled so far back in my head.

”There wasn’t enough interest in our plus sizes so we’re making our range smaller” – it’s really hard for plus size people to show interest in a brand that doesn’t offer their sizes. Give me a size 32 and let me tell you if there’s interest. Also: there is such a dearth of fully-inclusive brands out there right now that if you can’t get a superfat interested in your clothing, you really need to re-evaluate your stock.

“We cater for all sizes” (stops at 24) – *all socially acceptable sizes

“Fat people aren’t sexy” – I mean have you seen me?

“Fat people are lazy and smelly” – Yep, some fat people are definitely lazy and smelly. Next fact: some thin people are definitely lazy and smelly.

“You shouldn’t be eating that” – You shouldn’t be telling me what to do.

“I know how you feel” – But really, unless you’re me, you have no idea how I feel. And if you did, you wouldn’t be throwing criticisms around like confetti because you would understand that your words hurt.

 

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Lifestyle and home education blogger at Wildling Wishes, main contributor and editor for She Might Be, freelance virtual assistant at Sophie Rymer
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