Fat. To say it’s a pretty loaded word would be an understatement. Here at DailyBurn, we celebrate the fact that athletes can come in all shapes and sizes. (Just check out this 250-pound marathoner or these curvy yogis.)
That’s why this video from Buzzfeed (posted below) made us pause while scrolling through our feeds this week. In the refreshingly honest two-minute clip, you’ll hear self-described “fat” men and women address stereotypes about their health, beauty and athleticism, head-on. We love how they keep it real — from discussing their diet (“I don’t eat McDonald’s every day”), to dispelling myths (“I’m not lazy”).
After all, “fat shaming” isn’t helping anyone. A recent study from University College London found that people who’ve experienced weight discrimination were more likely to continue gaining over a four-year period than those who hadn’t. “Our study clearly shows that weight discrimination is part of the obesity problem and not the solution,” study author Jane Wardle, director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Centre at University College London, said in a statement.
The study authors also pointed out that “fat shaming” may make overweight people less likely to participate in physical activity — since it can be a serious confidence killer.
Plus, there’s no reason for it anyway! As the video above clearly shows, your size has nothing to do with how awesome you are, whether or not you work out or how you feel about yourself. And that’s how it should be!
What do you think of the video? Share your thoughts in the comments below.