I saw a recipe on Facebook today from a fitness company called “Set Your Fat on Fire Fitness.” It made me think of all the things the diet companies have told me to do with my fat:
Let’s Start with Setting My Fat on Fire
Then another favorite of weight loss schemes, often those that involve exercise: Torching my fat!
How about the ever popular melting my fat away:
I saw an ad for a cosmetic surgery that wanted me to let them freeze my fat:
Of course this is about the idea that I’m supposed to think of myself not as a fat woman, but as a thin woman covered in fat. I’m supposed to hate the fat which, in turn, is supposed to make it ok for people to sell me “self improvement” with language suggesting that I should burn, melt, freeze away or otherwise dispense with the part of me that is fat so that I can start living my glorious life as a thin woman.
Except that’s complete and total bullshit. I’m not a temporarily inconvenienced thin woman in need of some kind of overwrought, hand-wringing, fire and ice intervention. I’m a fat woman and I have no interest in trying to become a thin woman – I love my fat body and I’m not interested in melting it, freezing it, or setting it on fire. I’d rather hang out with hot body and do cool stuff.
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