There are many things that are frustrating about being fat in society, and I do not mean to downplay any of that. However, I try to be a “glass half full” kind of person so today I thought I would take a (slightly tongue-in-cheek) look at some of the benefits of living outside the beauty norm.
I’m not scared of losing my thin privilege or that aging will take me outside the beauty norm because I’m already there.
I never have to worry about wearing the latest in designer styles because they don’t make them in my size.
I never have to worry that someone is only dating me/hiring me etc. because I am stereotypically beautiful.
There is a little added bonus to my accomplishments because I did it despite being outside the norm.
I get to be part of the NAAFA-LA chapter (ok, I could do that at any size but if I was thin I might never have found them and they are just so awesome that I had to mention them)
If someone is interested in dating me, I already know that there is a good chance that they have the ability to think beyond what they are aggressively sold in our culture.
My body size is so far outside the beauty norm that I feel freer to make decisions based on what I like or want rather than what is “expected” or “in style”. (I think nude pumps are hideous so I don’t care if they “in”, I’m out!)
Since I stopped dieting I have so much more brain space to think about other things.
I’m not terrified of becoming fat or obsessed with becoming thin so I can love the body I have and make health decisions completely based on my health.
I’m sure that there are others, as always feel free to leave them in the comments. And may I suggest taking today to be thankful to your body for all of the amazing things that it does for you (blinking, breathing, smiling…)
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