The Urban Dictionary has defined 'fat-shaming' as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and research scientist who studies obesity and one who’s battled the disease all my life, I’m not diametrically opposed to this definition in cases where the term 'fat' isn’t used maliciously.
My husband can eat four slices of pie every day without gaining a pound of fat but I can’t eat one. My close girlfriend can maintain a 'normal' body weight without exercising but I can’t. Do I dwell on the unfairness of the situation, eat pie, gain weight and then lash out at everyone who mentions the word fat or do I get over it, take accountability for my situation, and find ways to get some real pleasure out of life?
From the time I was born, I’ve been at a disadvantage in terms of being overweight. I weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces, which is considered 'oversized' using today’s medical terminology. Throughout the years I continued as an overweight toddler and then as an overweight adolescent always ranking a little higher on the standardized height and weight chart (also known as the body mass index (BMI) scale) (learn about my personal battle with food addiction and obesity by clicking here).
To this day I am still technically overweight according to the BMI scale but I’m healthy.