If you’re having to count calories, restrict food and/or exercise purely to “keep your weight down” and allay anxieties about becoming “too big”, then the weight that you’re at is almost definitely not right for your body. Breathe. Let your body be. It’s fine just how it was before; it’s always fine. All bodies are fine, even yours. It can be hard to accept that sometimes, but it’s true. Not accepting this will only lead to compulsion, misery, low self-esteem and, ultimately, an eating disorder. Breathe. Let your body be.
Taken from my recovery survival kit
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I am just starting to get into superhero comics. I have always favored sci-fi, mystery, horror, and a bit of fantasy. Anything that is the least bit cheesy puts me off—I prefer misfits and outcasts who have powers and aren’t quite sure what to do with them to your average got-their-crap-together spandex-clad saviors.
But I have officially found a favorite superhero in the relaunch of the Valiant comic “Harbinger,” written by Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising and Harbinger Volume 2: Renegades).
Her name is Faith, aka Zephyr, and she is part of Peter Stanchek’s Renegade team of “psionics.” She is fat and her friends do not mock her for it; they don’t even mention it. She knows she looks good in her uniform. She is constantly cheerful—she’s the only one who actually gets enjoyment from her power, no matter that the world around her is sucking pretty hard most of the time. Faith is confident even as all the bad guys dismiss her as “the fat one.” Being underestimated is a kind of power in itself, and I think that can be true in life for us fat civilians as well. One of my personal favorite things about Faith is that she is an unashamed comic-loving, gamer nerd. She mentally tracks years of her life by which sci-fi and fantasy films and t.v. shows were current when.
Faith can fly and she is selfless and she never gives up. She is always the one to save Peter, and usually everyone else, too. She is the moral compass, dropping her happy attitude just long enough to castigate everyone else for acting like self-indulgent brats. When Peter asks her “Are you part of this team, Faith?” she replies: “Are you eff’n’ kidding me? I AM this team!” And she’s right. It’s refreshing to finally have a fat woman flying around saving the damn day for once. And owning it.
I don’t know where the story will go, or if I will have a future reason to dislike the treatment of Faith’s character. Faith is in love with Peter, who is in love with edgy genius girl Kris. I hate the idea of Faith as Peter’s mascot, and I don’t want her to pine after him. If the writers stay true to her character though, there’s no way she would for long. She might worship Peter for giving her powers, but she holds herself in high enough esteem to not let that dictate her happiness.
Faith’s story isn’t perfect, but it is relatable. She thought of herself as the fat girl no one would ever notice (I believe she said she had been “nothing”) before Peter activated her powers, but when she did become “super,” her reaction was that she always KNEW she was special. It is, I imagine, how many of us felt as fat teenagers—that one day, we would grow into the amazing women we secretly knew ourselves to be, despite what everyone had always told us. (And the thing is, we do. You will. And you won’t have to fly to do it. I promise.)
The more I read about her backstory, the clearer it becomes that she was in fact always special. (The same goes for all of us.) Always positive, kind, imaginative, in love with life. So while her transformation to Zephyr is quite literal, her transformation from a perceived “nobody” to “somebody” is simply a realization of something that was always true.
So all fat comic chicks out there: meet Faith/Zephyr and get a healthy dose of fat girl power.
Hello. I really like your blog but I have some non beef inducing questions. What's wrong with fitspo? Fitspo doesn't mean thin. You can be fit while not being the stereotypical thin or muscled body person. I know most fitspos are just pics of thin girls but that's not what it means to everyone. Its about being healthy at any weight. Also what's a "graphic fat body"? Bodies aren't graphic based on if you're thin or fat or average or w.e. I know most people think nudity is graphic but fuck that.
thanks for you questions, and i’m glad there’s no beef since this is a vegan blog. *rimshot*
our issue with fitspo is that no one has to be fit to have inherent value. we believe that it’s okay for fat people to be fat without having to justify their existance by saying “but i’m healthy!”. also, fitspo can be incredibly ablist and classist, because some people are not physically able to be “fit” and some folks don’t have the time or resources to exercise because they’re just trying to survive. i also think fitspo can be really shaming for people who have already been shamed about being fat for their entire lives by the thin world, and i’m not about to join in shaming fellow fat people. and let’s be real, does fitspo and other healthist commentary primarily target thin people or fat people? thin people can live however they want and don’t get the same kind of healthist scrutiny from the world that the “fittest” fatty gets. it’s also not anyone’s obligation to be healthy. i’ll be unhealthy if i want to, and it’s not anyone’s business but mine.
the graphic fat bodies comment is specifically referring to naked or partially naked fat people, but also “unacceptable” fat people who aren’t shown as before images or as people who hate themselves and are striving to change.
I love this, I love seeing fat bodies in motion
this will be me at the beach on Monday. yessssss.