Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Food shaming

I saw this on Facebook today:


This isn't a cute reminder to eat your veggies. It's food shaming and fat shaming and it's WRONG.

This sort of crap is why people have eating disorders. This sort of crap is why fat people sometimes eat in private so they won't be judged. This is why some fat people are ASSUMED to eat the crap on the bottom of the photo even when they're eating the lawn trimmings at the the top.

I argued my case briefly in a comment under the photo. Obviously no one agreed with me. This sort of black or white, this or that attitude about food is BS and it's making me sick to my stomach. YES salads are generally better for you, but photos like this skew the reality of health. "Good" and "bad" food labeling is harmful, judgmental, and just plain wrong.

How DARE you judge a fat person and make the assumption that all they consume is fast food. How DARE you suggest that I'll be happy and thin if I'd only eat salads and water because it's just that simple? It's taken me YEARS to come to love my body the way it is. Yes, I'm trying to be healthier, but I'm HAPPY JUST THE WAY I AM.

So take your shaming and your polarized thinking and kiss my beautiful fat ass.


  1. Sarah, this picture was put on the facebook page of my friend. You saw it because I commented on it. My friend is someone that I have been in contact with for quite a while through SparkPeople. Take the one picture in context with what she has been posting on her page, she is talking about herself. She is commenting on eating healthy to get in shape. She is not a thin person poking fun at people who are not. Jessica is someone who has struggled with eating, weight and health problems. No one agreed with you on her page, because we know where she is coming from and what she is saying.
    Yes, if you take that one picture, one comment out of context, you could see it the way you did. I can assure you that was not her purpose or her intent.
    Be well,
    Gretchen Yoder

  2. My goal is to make people more aware of the words and images they post. I'm not angry with her. I just want people to think before they post. Those images have more power than they think.

  3. It's true, there's other more affective ways to get the "eat healthy idea" across. This one fails to do so and only seems to fall under the shaming category.