sorry if this comes off as rude but what exactly determines fat and not fat?
This is a fabulous question!
We in the fat community have been talking about that ourselves! And I’ve been meaning to make a post on it!
I’ll just take this opportunity to say what I’ve been wanting to say.
Well, in the Fat Acceptance Movement, we have this problem where flat waisted, sexy, curvy people are front and center of the movement, and people who MEED fat acceptance (for example, someone 400 pounds or heavier) gets ignored.
Not exactly helpful, right?
So some people have started trying to quantify what counts as fat. And if you aren’t fat, you don’t need fat acceptance.
So far, the things I’ve seen are:
“If you’re under a US size 26, you’re not really fat.”
“If you’re under 250 pounds, you’re not really fat.”
“If you wear a size smaller than a 3XL, you’re not really fat.”
Here’s my problem with both of these:
People carry fat differently. People are different heights. People can all look differently.
Of course a lot of people under 250 are thin. But you know, it’s possible to be under 250 and be fat, too! Same with the pants size thing.
These kinds of clear cut offs don’t account for the uniqueness that is humanity.
A person might be a size XL on top, but the part of their stomach covered by their pants instead of their shirt is way bigger!
Someone might be a size 16 US, but be 4 feet tall. That’s not exactly small, you know?
And I could go on.
So fat can’t really be determined by these types of factors.
What about, then, by BMI? Well, that’s been shown to be an incredibly inaccurate measure. And it can’t tell the difference between weight caused by fat and weight caused by muscle.
What about, then, making it based on who experiences fatphobia? I don’t think that works either. I know skinny people who have been fatshamed (yes, fatshamed, you read that right) and not all fat people necessarily have.
So who counts as fat? I don’t know! That’s a great question.
I wish I could tell you.