Fat Shaming and Nicole Arbour | RoarItsNat

Food and I have had a really rocky relationship. 
From about the age of twelve to around sixteen, I would either skip 2/3 meals a day or walk around the garden for three hours trying to work some of the food I had ate off.
I wasn't medically overweight or in anyway endangering my health with what I was eating, I just wasn't what the media and society portrayed as "thin".
I understood that not everyone is meant to look like the covergirl of cosmo, the real problem is that as a society we make 'fat', 'jiggly' or 'chubby' one of the worst things you could be.
As an introduction to this post I would like to clarify that anyone who body-shames you are shallow. In this world there are far worst things a human could be other than fat; selfish, arrogant, dishonest, cruel... a bully. So shall we not penalise human beings for their appearance. If, as an individual, you are happy and healthy - good for you!

However, I wanted to talk specifically about Nicole Arbour, a.k.a Fat-Shaming Bitch of the internet. Unless you're a recluse, you may have noticed that the internet has blown up recently - because of this woman. She recently posted a 'satirical' video called "Dear Fat People," in which she claimed she was being a "ride or die" friend telling her audience the cold-hard, skinny truth. 

There was a lot about this video that was wrong, let's begin with the part where she neglected to identify not everyone has the "privilege" of being thin. Thyroid issues, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, antidepressants, Prolactinoma (etc.), these are all conditions, or side effect or medication for conditions that make you gain weight. I have linked a video down below of an intelligent, successful and beautiful woman who has suffered from thyroid issues and has struggled with self image and weight. Ignorant people, like Nicole, tend to only see a very small part of overweight or obese people. Yes, some people do need to lose weight and be more healthy - they could live a longer life for it. However, shaming videos like yours  criminalise the people that can't do anything about it and make them feel worse. 

Furthermore, if you're going to address your video to 'fat people' are you going to define a "fat person"? Is a fat person a jiggly size 12? Do they have to hit the plus size range? Is a fat person someone who eats unhealthily and doesn't exercise? Heard of a metabolism? People can be slim and not be healthy. You really don't have a little leg to stand on trying to justify calling "fat people" unhealthy unless you address other cases - which you didn't. If you were really that concerned, ride or die friend, shouldn't the video be titled "Dear Unhealthy People"? Also, if you were trying to properly do good, you would've enable discussion to talk about this on your video, like a forum. You didn't. 

You're playing a sensitive issue for attention. And then you make out like the worse thing to be is fat.

Finally, I wanted to address the skinny privileged. You have heard of the white-privelledge, the straight-privelledge, the male-privelledge - well there is a skinny one too! Nicole, you have probably never got dirty looks when you've bought food in public, or had shop assistants ask if you were looking for the 'larger-range that is just as nice', or heard whispering as you walk past that sounds a lot like 'so fucking lazy'. The 'fat' people that supposedly support you have most likely have been conditioned to think that skinny is the only way, they're used to derogatory comments so your video was nothing but old news. Coming from a privileged person in this situation, you should have handled it better. No matter how but you try and camouflage it with satire, you bullied  a mass of people from a privileged position - that is not ok.