1. So that the calcaneal spur I have already acquired through obesity does not make for an agonizing old age (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcaneal_spur)
2. So that I can walk past a bunch of people who burst out laughing and know they’re not laughing at my overweight.
3. So that I don’t snore (or, if I do, it’s cute rather than disgusting).
4. So that I can wear skirts/sarongs in the summer without my thighs rubbing together.
5. So that normal-size bath towels are not indecent.
6. So that guys hit on me. Or, if they don’t, I know it’s not because of my weight.
7. So that I can take up roller derby and not be the fat chick.
8. So that I can wear a SCUBA wetsuit in public. And so that I can actually get under the water without floating.
9. So that when I get up from a black, plastic chair on a hot day I don’t leave a condensation mark.
10. So I can buy clothes in colours that suit me, rather than just whatever fits.
11. So I can make a point in a meeting by waving an arm, and not have the fat continue waving after I’ve stopped.
12. So I can skydive. Or so that I could, in theory.
13. So I can take part in conversations about health/weightloss without having people self-censor around me.
14. So that people don’t describe me as ‘a nice person’ or ‘a pretty face’, with the silent ‘but…’ that comes after.
15. So I don’t have to stand behind people in photos, or hold the camera high above my face for a self portrait.
16. So I can climb our of a pool without having to roll out.
17. So I can get a tattoo that won’t stretch.
18. So I can run.
19. So I can travel around on third world buses without taking up enough space for two people.
20. So that I can get on with my life and stop worrying about weightloss.
This is really sad, and a lot of it is serious internalised sizism. You shouldn’t have to lose weight to be treated with dignity and respect, and your health can be improved without the emphasis on weight loss.
I’m really sorry you’ve been made to feel all these things.
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