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POSITIVE BODY IMAGE by ElStamporoonios POSITIVE BODY IMAGE by ElStamporoonios
I might go back and edit this one later. I'm not too pleased with the lettering and shiz BUT. WHATEVER.
I'm sure you can understand the message.

I think the world needs a little more positive and a lot less shaming of people of a different body type. Specifically with the overweight.

And here's another stamp that is more pointedly fat acceptance: [link]

Here is a very great thing for people to read. You can find the original here: [link]
She has even more links to more information you can read and educate yourself with.
Or if you just need that extra support to feel better about yourself know that you aren't alone. :heart:

    Here’s the thing: I blog about fat acceptance.

    Fat acceptance, as you can probably guess from the words “fat” and “acceptance” being right together like that, does not go over so well in some circles. Even in some progressive circles — which are usually known for not hating entire groups of people because of their appearances, not thinking what other people do with their bodies is anybody’s beeswax, and not uncritically accepting whatever moral panic the media tries to whip up, but wev. Fat is different! Don’t you know there’s an obesity epidemic? Don’t you know that fat kills? Haven’t you ever heard of Type 2 diabetes? Don’t you realize how much money this is going to cost society down the line? Won’t someone please think of the children?

    So, before I start getting comments like that, I want to lay out ten principles that underlie pretty much everything I write about fat and health.

    1. Weight itself is not a health problem, except in the most extreme cases (i.e., being underweight or so fat you’re immobilized). In fact, fat people live longer than thin people and are more likely to survive cardiac events, and some studies have shown that fat can protect against “infections, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes.” Yeah, you read that right: even the goddamned diabetes. Now, I’m not saying we should all go out and get fat for our health (which we wouldn’t be able to do anyway, because no one knows how to make a naturally thin person fat any more than they know how to make a naturally fat person thin; see point 4), but I’m definitely saying obesity research is turning up surprising information all the time — much of which goes ignored by the media — and people who give a damn about critical thinking would be foolish to accept the party line on fat. Just because you’ve heard over and over and over that fat! kills! doesn’t mean it’s true. It just means that people in this culture really love saying it.

    2. Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes. This is why it’s so fucking crucial to separate the concept of “obesity” from “eating crap and not exercising.” The two are simply not synonymous — not even close — and it’s not only incredibly offensive but dangerous for thin people to keep pretending that they are. There are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise — and are thus putting their health at risk — and there are fat people who treat their bodies very well but remain fat. Really truly.

    3. What’s more, those groups do not represent anomalies; no one has proven that fat people generally eat more or exercise less than thin people. Period. And believe me, they’ve tried. (Gina Kolata’s new book, Rethinking Thin, is an outstanding source for more on that point.)

    4. Diets don’t work. No, really, not even if you don’t call them diets. If you want to tell me about how YOUR diet totally worked, do me a favor and wait until you’ve kept all the weight off for five years. Not one year, not four years, five years. And if you’ve kept it off for that long, congratulations. You’re literally a freak of nature.

    5. Given that diets don’t work in the long-term for the vast, vast majority of people, even if obesity in and of itself were a health crisis, how the fuck would you propose we solve it?

    6. Most fat people have already dieted repeatedly. And sadly, it’s likely that the dieting will cause them more health problems than the fat.

    7. Human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Fat people are human beings.

    8. Even fat people who are unhealthy still deserve dignity and respect. Still human beings. See how that works?

    9. In any case, shaming teh fatties for being “unhealthy” doesn’t fucking help. If shame made people thin, there wouldn’t be a fat person in this country, trust me. I wish I could remember who said this, ’cause it’s one of my favorite quotes of all time: “You cannot hate people for their own good.”

    10. If you scratch an article on the obesity! crisis! you will almost always find a press release from a company that’s developing a weight loss drug — or from a “research group” that’s funded by such companies.

    So let’s just be clear that if you want to tell me fat people are disgusting and unhealthy in comments, all I’m gonna do is point you back to this post. And/or point you to other posts from my blog or from one of my favorite fat bloggers, and/or bombard you with quotes from the aforementioned Gina Kolata, or Paul Campos, or J. Eric Oliver, or Michael Gard and Jan Wright, or Glenn Gaesser, or Marilyn Wann, or Laura Fraser. Seriously, you don’t even want to get me fucking started.

    Oh, also? BMI is complete horseshit.
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DaBair Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone who is overweight, I support this stamp. We should be happy with our bodies.
KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As someone who suffered from an eating disorder for years, I 100 % support this stamp! :heart:

Whether you're tall or short and skinny or large, maybe have scars or stretchmarks, small breasts, big feet, crooked teeth, or anything else, your should learn to appreciate yourself :) There are so many types of beutiful people, not only the one type society wants us to strive to :aww:
KdogTop Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NightSkiesRavens Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
People don't seem to know the difference between being healthy-yet-large and being overweight.

Despite the fact I am actually at a healthy, average weight and get my fair share of exercise, people think I am fat. Because I don't come from a line of naturally skinny people.
SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
There's definitely more than a few types of beautiful. And if people do want to change - it should only be because they want to for themselves, not because they feel no one will like them/accept them if they don't. c:

And yes, people need to understand that it's mainly in extreme cases where being too fat (or too skinny, for that matter) is a health risk. Everyone's different - different size, different shape, different body frame, etc.

Wonderful stamp! And very informative article, thank you for this!
Meryith Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd only call a fat person unhealthy if they were actually at risk for serious health problems. o3o There's "big" and then there's "can't get out of their armchair without having a heart attack".

Dieting could work depending on how much the person ate in the first place. If a person eats huge amounts of greasy/fatty foods and other unhealthy things, dieting (by eating healthier and consuming less junk) might help them lose weight if they wanted. If they already eat healthy in the first place, though, pressuring them to diet is only going to cause problems. :<

I agree with the message, though! 'u'
AbigailJarvis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! Every body's different. A genetic disposition to curved hips and high cheek bones is nothing to be proud of, just like a genetic predisposition to oily skin or big eyebrows (me) or a big nose isn't anything to be ashamed of. They make you different from everyone else. Wear your genetic earmarks proudly!
ElStamporoonios Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
AbigailJarvis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unique physical characteristics for the win C:
ectoqueen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree with this 100%. O:

Especially with the 'thin doesn't necessarily mean healthy'thing.

And everything else. xD
ElStamporoonios Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Need more positivity in the world~
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