Do ALL fat people have a poor self body image?
Currently in a discussion on one of my questions, I have been met with a man who thinks all fat people have poor body image. Now, being a fat woman myself, I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT. First, it is not all fat people who have poor body image. Second, just because you are fat does not mean you do have poor body image. Anyone can have it, and anyone does have it. Thoughts?
Okay, you want me to expand on that. There really are overweight people, and obese people who have absolutely no problem with how they look. Many larger people are quite comfortable with how they look and they buy clothes that compliment that image.
Lately, there has been a very aggressive campaign to make people aware that the body images that the media has been pushing on the public (over the last few years) is unachievable and Photoshopped. This has had a two fold effect on both men and women. It is setting up an unachievable ideal for teen aged girls and is creating a false impression for men as to how women should be.
If you're overweight and it's screwing with your health, lose weight. If you're okay with your body shape - that's awesome.
Rarely do the words (all, always, & never) apply as the answer to any question. Some people would not change a thing about themselves!
Having said that it's human nature for (most) people to want to fit in rather than stand out. Very tall people, short people, skinny, overweight, bowlegged, bald, cross-eyed, gap toothed, or whatever oftentimes want to change things about themselves. In fact many people who are considered "beautiful" dislike things about themselves.
It's probably not a stretch for someone to believe if a fat person had the "choice" to be fit or fat that they would choose to be fit. Nevertheless there are lots of people who have learned to love and accept themselves and are very comfortable in their own skin.
Just as thin people should not attempt to "shame" overweight people, overweight people should not attempt to "shame" thin or so called "beautiful people" with terms like saying she is not "A (real) woman", or she's a bimbo, or airhead. Each group attacks other groups.
It's also worth noting that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". With a world population of over 7 billion people odds are in everyone's favor that there are people who are into whatever body type we are.
Anyone can have a poor body image. I have heard skinny people saying they don't like their body. Even people that look great may not like the way they look. Since you are fat and don't have a poor body image obviously not all all fat people have a poor body image.
I see a lot of fat people. If they all hated they way they looked I am pretty sure they would try harder to get rid of the fat. An elderly overweight person I know does not seem to realize how fat he is. He makes comments when he sees other fat people and sometime he expects people to just lift him.
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