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Take It From A Fat ME: 13 Perks Of The Thin Privilege You Never Knew You Had

“Haha fat people amirite?” – it’s honestly amazing how society makes our self-esteem plummet worse than the value of the dollar during the Great Depression. Fat-shaming is a very real thing, and something that the average person or moderately skinny people will shake off as “just another trend for the depraved and the deranged”. I don’t think such people are being necessarily rude, just plain ignorant out of a general lack of empathy. Here are 13 perks of thin privilege that you never thought you had and ‘fat’ people would sell both kidneys for:

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1. Mostly, people don’t shame you as much for being skinny

Not many people do this, and you’re generally perceived as a healthy and normal person. Skinny-shaming isn’t nearly as harmful and common as fat-shaming.

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2. They don’t automatically assume you’re lazy

The average person doesn’t hesitate to assume that you’re probably a person playing video games all day and loading up on ten packets of Doritos without moving an inch. I know some people who’d be considered fat, and they’re more active than many of my skinny friends.

3. Your friends and colleagues don’t talk about weight-loss programs 24×7 like you’re a cancer patient needing chemo

“You’re overweight, what are you doing about it?” Nothing…? Being ‘overweight’ and having a higher body fat percentage are completely different from being morbidly obese. You can be ‘fat’ and stay healthy. For the average person, they don’t get constantly nagged by their friends to ‘do something’ about their weight, even though they might possibly be ‘underweight’.

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4. Romantic and sexual partners aren’t as difficult to come by

Ridiculous body standards don’t ruin your chances at a healthy relationship, and your partners barely ever judge you for your physique. You’ve got it all.

5. People don’t judge you internally every time they see you eating

You don’t get those annoying judgmental stares every time you go out to a restaurant. Eat more, eat less, nobody bats an eye.

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6. You aren’t the one people constantly poke fun at

You aren’t the butt of all unfunny and immature body-shaming jokes, and you don’t die inside little by little every day.

7. Clothing isn’t as expensive

Normal sized clothes are understandably cheaper, and you get one that fits you from almost every category.

8. People don’t automatically assume you’re unhealthy

Nobody asks about your workout routine, or if you’re dieting or just eating healthy. They have other interesting things to talk to you about.

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9. You fit in

You aren’t the embarrassment of your family, and you fit fairly easily into society by comparison.

10. Your skills and professionalism aren’t obscured by your weight

Your talent and hard work will be the only deciding factors in your life. You won’t be judged by your body shape or fall prey to unfair biases.

11. You do not begin to hate your body as much

You aren’t filled with dread with each passing day because of random remarks on your physique. You’re fairly comfortable with your body.

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12. You don’t have to think about your weight as much, you can set your mind to other constructive tasks

Your life doesn’t revolve around you being overly conscious about your weight and people’s opinions of it. You have better things to do.

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13. It’s easier for you to lead a happy and fulfilling life

People tend to be nicer to you, don’t have any preconceived notions clouding their judgment, it’s easier to build more healthy relationships with people around you and you truly believe that the world is your oyster.

Do not, for a moment believe, that I am on the wrong side of thin privilege and that I do not get the kind of discrimination that comes the way of thin people. But where there’s a privilege, you gotta admit there’s a clear bias. The next time you pass a fat person, try not to judge them solely by their body weight. Stop the endless body-shaming and let others live a life just as fulfilled as your own.

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13 Perks Of The Thin Privilege You Never Knew You Had
Here are 13 perks of thin privilege that you never thought you had and ‘fat’ people would sell both kidneys for...
Siddhartha Bose

Siddhartha Bose

Contradictory solipsist who likes food and cuddles.