First off I would like to point out that I have been seeing on many websites that fat shaming is “a new controversial trend” that has gone viral due to Maria Kang facebook post of her and her three children with the caption “What’s your excuse”. Maria Kang is a fitness entrepreneur and motivational speaker for women wanting to become thinner. People have been outraged because of this comment saying she is fat shaming individuals for claiming that if they work hard enough like her they can look just as she does. Because of this media has taken the chance to exploit fat shaming even more Twitter has deemed this week Fat Shaming Week with fat shaming tweets such as these:
And for this guy above cyber bullying doesn’t exist. It is so tiring watching the media make a spectacle of what our society deems undesirable based on beauty standards that hardly anyone can achieve. The sizesm is socially constructed because in reality the only thing that could possibly be wrong with being overweight is the potential health problems of being overweight. Just because someone is overweight doesn’t change their self worth or how valuable that person is. With all the media being forced down our throats we think to be desirable by others that we must be as thin possible. But thinking this way can be a death sentence to some people. Trying to achieve that ideal body standard we force ourselves to be as small as possible going on dead end diets that don’t do anything but shatter our self image even more than it already was. From Love Your Fat Self Courtney E. Martin states that 35% of people who go on diets go onto yo-yo dieting (periods of losing major amounts of weight just to gain it all or more back) and out of those 35%, 25% of them will develop partial or full-syndrome eating disorders. And does this really sound like the remedy of obesity, causing these people to feel that they must harm their bodies even more just to fit in because we see them as being the other, being so unattractive, and unwanted?