Fat is a thing you have in your body, much like blood, muscle and bones but you don’t often hear anyone describing themselves at bone. And yet, it has become the norm to describe someone as ‘fat’. You might say, I’m getting fat, I feel fat or even ‘I am fat’.
And it’s become ok for people to describe others as fat. Often with a rather negative implication when we discuss it. The word fat has become a word loaded with meaning, negativity and malice and in my opinion carries far too much weight (if you’ll pardon the pun).
The word has become synonymous with other negative traits; people who are seen as fat or overweight are often viewed as lazy, greedy and ugly. There is a persistent belief that people who carry a lot of fat could change it all by being more active or taking more exercise and reducing the amount they eat. What many people don’t understand is that people who are overweight often eat less than people who are not and that’s often because of the way their body has changed through dieting in an attempt to lose fat.
Fat is often seen as unattractive, something that makes us ugly. For many women and girls who try so hard to lose weight, they are motivated by the idea that they will be more attractive, not necessarily to anybody in particular but simply in general. I’m not sure exactly where this belief has come from but I can’t help thinking that the fashion industry perpetuates it with their models and advertising. Their aspirational pictures of beautiful clothes are always modelled by women who are not, by any stretch of the imagination, fat.
There’s also a common (mis)perception that fat automatically means unhealthy. I could go into all sorts of studies and statistics showing that fat doesn’t cause the diseases you’ve been told it does and all the health benefits but actually the biggest problem with this belief is that you cannot tell how healthy an individual is without doing extensive tests and certainly not by looking at their body shape. There are plenty of non-fat people who are not healthy and plenty of those who are fat who are perfectly healthy.
Perhaps the biggest reason that I believe that ‘fat’ carries too much weight is because for many of us, there’s idea that when we’ve lost it that all of our problems will be solved. That somehow, the fat is the cause of all of our problems and once it’s gone that our lives will be perfect. Whatever’s keeping you dissatisfied right now, it isn’t fat per se and losing it won’t necessarily make you happy. But it’s the lie we’re sold, especially by the diet company’s marketing departments!
However you feel about how much fat there is on your body right now, why don’t you have a look at my free masterclass, Body Confidence without Compromise. You never know, it might help you take some of the weight off!