Callie Thorpe is the Curve columnist for Marie Claire and decided to write something rather bold. As a columnist, she writes about body positivity and life as a plus-sized woman, along with the fat-shaming that she witnesses and experiences. But on her Twitter feed, she decided to point out the double-standard that many people either haven’t realized or have chosen to ignore when it comes to talking about being “healthy.”
I’m going to say something I didn’t think I ever would. I am unhealthy. But that does not make me less human, less deserving of respect.
I’d like to take a bet that you too are unhealthy, perhaps you drink too much, smoke, sunbath with no sunscreen, or get too little sleep.
That also makes you unhealthy. But because my body ‘looks unhealthy’ I’m the one that is mocked, bullied, made an example of.’
I am overweight, a DR would class me as obese, and yes I have things I want to work on with my health but that will never involve me shaming other people. I don’t appreciate the fact that I and my friends can only be accepted if we fit narrow guidelines of what health is.
Health is not a moral obligation, it doesn’t make you better or more worthy than someone else. The reality is we will all die one day, its inevitable, its the one thing in life we know.
Then, people ask, why is it only plus-sized people who are ridiculed publicly for being unhealthy? It is impossible to know anything about a person’s diets, exercise routines, or related medical information just by looking at them, as made obvious by this woman’s recent story of being fat-shamed for eating an ice cream cone in public after losing 120 pounds.
She wanted to start a discussion, and so far, most people are really proud of her pointing it out.