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Chewing the Fat

October 25, 2011

My actual name is Bree, but in the Fatosphere, I’m Life on Fats, the same name as my blog.

To be quite honest, I really didn’t set out to deliberately find Fat Acceptance. For most of my teenage and adult life, my attitude was “this is who I am and if you don’t like it, then lump it.” There were always times when I wished I could be smaller, but, unfortunately, it’s a way of life for us females.

Another shocking thing you may not know about me is that I’ve never dieted. I’ve had my share of disordered food thinking and practices, but I’ve never restricted my calories on purpose. A few times, here and there, I thought about it. I  contemplated joining Weight Watchers, but remembered how my mom went on it in the 80s, lost 25 pounds, and gained it all back once she quit. I contemplated trying the Fruit Flush Diet, but when I read some comments from people who tried it and mentioned the terrible headaches, I said no thanks. The possible side effects from dieting were too risky. I was healthy and I was able to move despite being a “deathfat.” Why mess my body up?

I decided to live my life as best I could at the size I am and in 2008 (after stumbling onto the Fatosphere after seeing links for blogs that said it’s okay to be fat, such as the now-defunct Shapely Prose, Big Fat Deal and Big Fat Blog), I realized that not every fat person out there was unhappy, depressed, and self-loathing like the media and medical community insisted, and that their voices were heard. I wanted to be one of those voices.

So, in March 2009, I started my own blog, Life on Fats, which gets its name after the British cop show/fantasy drama Life on Mars. From time to time I will wax poetically about my love for TV shows from across the pond and my obsession with men from the UK. 😉

When I started LoF, there weren’t a lot of FA bloggers at the time who were deathfat (i.e., having a BMI over 40) and writing about their experiences trying to make their way in a world that considers our bodies the worst of the worst, if you will. I felt that I had something to add as a super-sized woman dealing with the constant remarks about how I am a financial burden on society and that being over 300 pounds, I can’t even get out of my own house. I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong.

The fact that I am biracial (black and white with a touch of German and Irish for good measure) meant that I could add some “color” to an online community that is white by majority. However, I really don’t blog about racial topics, since I believe that fat is an experience that touches everyone dealing with it, regardless of race and ethnicity. You can be a black fat person, a white fat person, a Hispanic/Latino fat person, an Asian fat person, etc., and you will still be judged by your weight.

Writing is both a creative and cathartic process for me. Not only do I have LoF, but I also write an online supernatural fiction series as well. And now I have another outlet, FFFs, where I have yet another opportunity to make my voice heard. I hope you will enjoy what I have to say — I have a big (no pun intended) mouth!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 10:11 am

    yay and welcome! i will admit i had a big of a girl crush on you and your writing when i found the fatosphere late 2009-2010. you really helped me with some of the cognitive dissonance I got when I stumbled on to the fatosphere and the reality of the mad behind the curtain of the diet industry. glad to have you aboard

  2. vesta44 permalink
    October 25, 2011 10:40 am

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and have enjoyed reading what you write, so I’m glad to see you on board here. Welcome 🙂

  3. Mulberry permalink
    October 25, 2011 2:06 pm

    Good to see you here, Bree! Every since I encountered you on BigFatBlog, I’ve always admired your common-sense approach to fat acceptance matters.

  4. October 25, 2011 5:28 pm

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee it’s Breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    We’re so happy to have you join us, and I can’t wait to see what fresh perspectives you share with us. Thank you so much for stepping up to the challenge!

    Peace,
    Shannon

  5. October 26, 2011 9:26 am

    Welcome to Triple F, Bree. I love your blog and I’m super excited to see you blogging here.:)

  6. October 26, 2011 5:41 pm

    All of the above and I love your icon! 😀 Welcome!!!

  7. jenincanada permalink
    October 26, 2011 7:28 pm

    Woo! It’s Bree! Welcome to FFF!

  8. lifeonfats permalink
    October 27, 2011 4:45 pm

    Thanks for all the nice welcomes!!!

  9. SherryH permalink
    October 30, 2011 9:29 pm

    Hi, Bree! So cool to meet you! I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing here & on your other blog. Glad to have you here.

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