“He is disciplined, hard working and an ‘expert’ on obesity.” I was there, and one of the topics that permeated the meeting was how our biases against people with obesity can be a realbarrier to their health care. What helps me is to think of my body as this loving faithful dog that has been with me since before I was born, and will be with me till I die. It helps me care for it, feed it, and love it like I would all my creatures. The thought of my faithful body sticking with me through thick and thin, winter and summer, bad days and good makes me want to treat it better. I think of all the things it does without me asking–breathing, heart pumping, temperature regulation, waking, sleeping and dreaming.

What should you do if you’re being fat shamed in your relationship?

Loosing the chance of living with your soulmate because of something you can’t do anything about? There’s nothing at all wrong with having personal tastes. As long as everyone involves is a consenting adult, you’re allowed to be attracted to whatever you’re attracted to. If you find a 6′ man hyper attractive, but a 5’11” man something akin to a cave troll, first of all, you’re a liar, but whatever. You do you. “Fat” is just one of the amazing adjectives I would use to describe myself. Being allowed full autonomy while not having my fatness either scrutinized or tokenized is the exact place I want to be within my work, my platform and my dating life.

Another fat woman replied in the comments that having access to hookups was itself a privilege that not all fat women have. Before we get any further into Derek’s pants, let me back up and give you some context. Nowadays, I’m a proud fat woman who teaches people how to love their bodies, writes books about it and has a podcast where I share with thousands of people the sounds of myself eating delicious things. I also currently have a body-positive partner who unapologetically adores me with a passion and humility that warms my heart every single day. Whether you realize it or not, fat shaming from a partner can creep into your self-talk, contributing to poor body image and even weight gain as noted in a study in the journal Obesity.

Robbing the word of its negative connotation and being able to say it about myself in a neutral way has been a very effective shield. I love the suggestions for retraining your eye that Captain linked. Interrupt your own internal script as often as you can. You do not need to wait for permission to be happy, or get to a certain weight or look or size to be worthy of love. And I did not realize that for years and years and years.

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This is all good advice, and doing similar things has helped me a lot with accepting myself and my body. Another thing that’s helped is medication. For me, it’s been the difference between night and day. I’d like to offer a counterpoint to people’s idea of spending more time naked in front of mirrors, in case others are finding that that is something that doesn’t work for them. I actually have my bathroom mirror covered up except for a small section off to the side.

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It’s not just a friend reassuring you that you’re beautiful or that they find larger women attractive. It’s seeing people actively seek out bodies that look like mine, when it had nothing to do with me. And yes, sometimes https://onlinedatingcritic.com/xdating-review/ it veers too far into gross territory. But for me understanding that there are people out there who find ALL types of bodies attractive, yes even in the gross objectifying way, helped me see myself differently.

Oh, the skirt The Captain referred to, how good it looks! For me adjusting my eye was an important part of the process. Back then I was more active in social media so I began following people whose style and pictures made me feel happy.

Reading all of it at the beginning helped so much. It didn’t stop the self-hate, but it did mitigate it and I’ll be forever grateful. Eventually I decided to say ‘fuck it’ and started getting out there meeting people and it wasn’t awful.

2) Doing a thing with my fat body that brings me joy, and sticking with it long enough to get good at it. But also playing music, coding, public speaking, etc. The point here is do a thing that you feel good about, that makes you proud of yourself, and that you can do enough that it’s tiring or challenging enough that you get in the zone and only think about that thing. I found that really helped me reframe what my body was _for_. My body isn’t _for_ looking pretty for other people, or meeting some arbitrary standard of shape and size.

That could be intense like running or long bike rides, or just a daily stroll around the block or an evening stretching session. Just something to help you live in your body and appreciate it for what it can do and not just what it looks like. From Adipositivity I found Jessamyn Stanley’s awesome yoga blog (mynameisjessamyn.tumblr.com, I think).

There’s fat politics, but I also try to post a lot of photos of fat people, because looking at other fat people changed me into someone who hates myself a lot A LOT less than I was before I found fat activism. Somehow having that number explicitly stated makes it much worse. I can’t be the only one here who feels that way.