[Image: A comic book dotted green human figure with a beige-pink shadow against an orange background. The text over the figure reads: “Weight does not dictate your health or worth.”]
“Weight does not dictate your health or your worth.”
I’d add: Your health does not dictate your worth, either.
I’m all about making sure that we break the “fat = unhealthy automatically” stereotypes, but we need to do it in a way that doesn’t feed into ableism or marginalize further those who are both fat and dealing with health issues or disability. That’s an intersection I think the FA/HAES/Fat Positive camps could be dealing better with.
Some of us fatties to have these conditions that get associated with being fat, and we need to know that it’s okay. So what if you’re fat and diabetic or fat and have high blood pressure or fat and have mobility issues?
Your worth as a person isn’t diminished by that. Your worth as a person is an absolute value that no medical condition, weight, or size can ever diminish. No matter your size or health, you do not need to be or deserve to be policed, shamed, harmed, disrespected, or erased.
You don’t owe anyone perfect health any more than you owe them thinness.
Completely valid and important and wonderful. Thank you.