Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dr Ciara Kelly: Fat-shaming is wrong and makes me furious

Ciara Kelly

Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30

Comedian Alison Spittle has spoken about being fat-shamed
Comedian Alison Spittle has spoken about being fat-shamed

I was once fat. After my fourth child was born, in my late 30s, I was almost three stone heavier than I am now. That's nearly 20 kilos for you modern types. It took a long, hard battle over about a year to lose it and I still have to watch my weight constantly to prevent me going back there. My mum and my granny were also very heavy. So I am, in fact, third generation fat.

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I am, in fact, mentally a fat woman trapped inside the body of a medium-sized one. So I get what it is to be overweight. I get that struggle. I also get that you can be a happy, well rounded - no pun intended - person and be overweight. However, most people still would prefer - if only for health reasons - to shift some of that weight. And I get that it takes a very confident person indeed not to feel your confidence eroded by being overweight, in a modern society that screams at us on a daily basis that being thin is a measure of success and attractiveness.

So when it comes to fat-shaming I am all on the side of the fatties. I am one of them - even if you can't see it now (#jesuisfat).

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