A Summer Manifesto for Fatties
I can finally announce I’m going on vacation this summer! This is a big deal because I hardly go anywhere. A trip to the grocery store is a highlight for me.
As I look forward to relaxing on the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey at the end of the month with a good book and a swim in the hotel pool, I thought about how sometimes summer can be frustrating for fat people. We hear comments about how we shouldn’t be seen in tank tops, shorts and swimsuits. We catch flak for sweating that doesn’t come from exercise. We get dirty looks for daring to eat a snowball in public. We are constantly bombarded with TV ads for weight loss products telling us we’re nothing until we look skinny in a bikini or swim trunks. We have to deal with the occasional food police at cookouts.
So I decided to create a summer manifesto for fatties — a list of suggestions to help us survive fat shame in the heat, because we deserve to enjoy summer just like everyone else. Without further adieu:
- If your culture/religion/health allows it, wear those tank tops, shorts, and sleeveless summer dresses proudly. If it’s going to be 100 degrees outside, people should not expect us to cover up in long sleeves and jeans to spare them from the sight of a few fat rolls. If it’s going to be hot, we need to stay cool and comfortable, or we’ll end up in the emergency room with heat stroke which, as you know, will make the cost of healthcare even higher, bwhahahaha!
- Swimsuits are a must for going to the beach and the pool. Don’t let others shame you into wearing a t-shirt and long shorts to swim (I realize some people are sized out of swimsuits, but you still shouldn’t be shamed). If people criticize you, tell them to focus on having fun, not your fat body, whatever you’re wearing.
- Sweating during the summer is a part of life. Most of us are going to sweat and stink. If people can’t handle seeing a bunch of fatties sweating for whatever reason, realize they’re the ones with a problem, not you.
- Eat what you want and what you can when you’re at those summer cookouts and parties. Don’t allow guests to lecture you on food, even if those guests are your friends and loved ones. Tell them to worry about their own plates and let it go — or that nice piece of watermelon is going to end up being shoved down their pants. And if someone has to say something or give you the evil eye while you’re enjoying that ice cream cone, snowball, or other sweet treat, evil eye them right back and simply say “I have a right to eat this just like you do.”
- Don’t let those commercials and ads for having a body-ready swimsuit get to you. Ignore them, they’re only trying to get your money. Every body is swimsuit ready.
- Most of all, have fun! You deserve to and you don’t have to justify having fun in a bigger body to anyone.