Hello you, I am really excited to be writing today! Months back I wrote a post titled Defensive, about my experience as a petite person and how my kind is often misjudged. Well, as a response to that, I got a request from a dear friend to do a post about plus-size, aka chubby, aka fat people and how they too are often misjudged.
P.S- it’s interesting how the word ‘fat’ is considered offensive. We prefer subtler adjectives like plus-size or chubby. I literally thought twice before using it above. Anyway discussion for another day.
Well I interviewed this dear friend about the issue. So let’s hear from the horses mouth, shall we?
Good day dear, can you tell us one unique thing about yourself?
Well, I like to look for positivity in all things.
That’s awesome. So you enjoyed the post titled ‘defensive‘, What part of it struck you?
I was struck by something you wrote, I quote “you need to build confidence in something other than your size……and also change your mind set….some people would take you for granted even if you were 6 feet tall, it not really you, they just have problem respecting others.
Nicee. So you have a case for a special group of people, people that are overweight, why?
You see, most people look down on overweight people, they feel these people are dirty, they are not beautiful, they can’t attract the right kind of guys for ladies and vice versa for guys too, they have to beg for love and acceptance, people assume they are unhealthy and cannot do a lot of things.
Wow, that’s a lot. Can you share any experiences?
There are a lot of experiences to share, I have been told there was no space on a bus before just because I am fat and I had to go and wait for the next bus, asides that, I was also removed form a dance group because I am fat, my family and friends have suggested that I should go and get married, because I am fat.
Hmm, those are really not good experiences. So if given the opportunity to speak to/for fat people, what would you like to say?
If I was given the opportunity to speak, first and foremost I would say be happy with yourself and believe in who you are, big and bold is beautiful. Also if your weight is affecting your health you should cut down or watch what you eat (Health is wealth). People should understand that, being overweight is not an excuse for idleness, laziness or unhealthy habits.
Very well said, Any last words?
Whether fat, slim, short, tall we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, enjoy being who God has created you to be.
Finally just humour me, if you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to control TIME!
Well what more can I say, we are told not to judge books by their covers, let’s try not to judge people by their size, height, color, tribe etc.. Lose the prejudice, give everyone a fair chance.
Lose the prejudice. Look beyond the looks.