It hurts to belittle someone by calling them “fat.” However, why exactly is that?
Everyone was left to ponder after a mother of two named Allison shared her account of what occurred when she and her kids recently went swimming. Allison had a brilliant retort when the 30-year-old daughter labeled her fat, and now her message is catching on like wildfire online.
Allison Kimmey began fasting at the age of just 14. She managed to keep her size two to four throughout graduate school, but it was challenging, and she wasn’t content. Allison finally recognized she’d be happier if she allowed herself to stop fighting her weight gain three years ago when she was 27 and a size eight.
Allison began an Instagram account, @allisonkimmey, where she posts images and quotes to inspire herself. Although Allison’s message of body positivity uplifts and inspires her followers, not everyone always hears it.
Allison recently took her son and daughter to the pool. When it was time to leave, Allison’s daughter grew irate and called her overweight. The event, as described by Allison on Instagram:
Me: “What did you say about me?”
Her: “I said you were fat, mama. I’m sorry.”
Me: “Let’s talk about it. The truth is, I am not fat. No one IS fat. It’s not something you can BE. But I do HAVE fat. We ALL have fat. It protects our muscles and bones and keeps our bodies going by providing energy. Do you have fat?”
Her: “Yes! I have some here on my tummy.”
Me: “That’s right! So do I, and so does your brother!”
Her brother: “I don’t have any fat. I’m the skinniest. I have muscles.”
Me: “Actually, everyone, every single person in the world, has fat. But each of us has different amounts.”
Her brother: “Oh, right! I have some to protect my big muscles! But you have more than me.”
Me: “Yes, that’s true. Some people have a lot, and others don’t have very much. But that doesn’t mean that one person is better than the other. Do you both understand?”
Both: “Yes, mama.”
Me: “So, can you repeat what I said?”
Them: “Yes! I shouldn’t say someone is fat because you can’t be just fat, but everyone HAS fat, and it’s okay to have different fat.”
Me: “Exactly right!”
Allison believed it was crucial to spread the idea that everyone is equal regardless of body shape and teach her kids how to communicate with others. Her Instagram message is currently very popular.
“If I shame my children for saying it, then I am proving that it is an insulting word, and I continue the stigma that being fat is unworthy, gross, comical, and undesirable,” writes Allison.
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