I’m Fat and Yes, I Still Benefit From Thin Privilege

The checkout lady is eyeing my body in juxtaposition to the ice cream I’ve put on the conveyor belt. As a long time fatty, I’ve often treated the act of eating as private, even a secret on occasion. Because of course, fat bodies have to feed themselves, but when others see a fat body eating, they treat it as an invitation to scrutinize, insult, and mock. Grocery shopping has never been any different. Strangers have often commented on the contents of my cart, asking me if I knew the pitfalls of including carbs in my diet, or if I’d ever tried the paleo diet to lose weight.

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  1. You can walk into any clothing store and expect to find an array of styles offered in your size.
  2. When you go to the doctor, they don’t prescribe weight loss as a cure-all, no matter your symptoms.
  3. People don’t assume you’re lazy.
  4. Your body type is well-represented and doesn’t exist solely as a joke/vilification.
  5. People don’t ask your partner what it’s like to have sex with you.
  6. Your body isn’t fetishized due to its size.
  7. Your body is not described as “an epidemic.”
  8. You can eat/shop for food without harassment.
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  1. Because I am below a size 22, while I cannot shop anywhere, I can usually be confident that if there is a plus size section, it will have sizes that will fit me.
  2. My body type is often considered “acceptable.”
  3. I usually don’t have to worry if a place will have seats that will accommodate me. Which also means:
  4. I generally don’t have to pay extra for seating that will accommodate me.
  5. If a doctor chooses to believe me when I tell them about my lifestyle, this also saves me from a bad (often life threatening) diagnosis of “lose some weight.”
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