We need to talk about Fatphobia.
The term "fatphobia" is the fear of excessive weight gain or being worried about other people's weight gain, arguing, among other things, that they're "putting at risk their health."
Has anyone ever told you: "You're getting fat, you should take care of yourself"? That's more or less what a "Fatphobic" person will say.
Rihanna's case has been a huge debate on Twitter, where some people assume the singer gained weight because she's pregnant or because she "let herself go."
Some criticize her and others flatter her, but whichever the case, people still talk about her body as if it were a public issue.
Rihanna’s weight gain is really crazy.— Chinz. (@CallMeChinnyyy) January 29, 2018
Is Kendrick Lamar tiny or did @rihanna gain weight? #GRAMMYs #GRAMMYSonAMP @ampcalgary pic.twitter.com/qjJs4Lglet— Joshua. (@joshee) January 29, 2018
The World Health Organization defines overweight or obesity as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health."
"Abnormal", "excessive" or "harmful", these words predetermine a precise health condition based on the level of fat. But nobody can determine if Rihanna's health (or that of any person) is being damaged by the size of her pants.
People assume that being thick implies two things: that you are lazy and that you do not eat well; therefore you're "fat" because you want to be.
Y’all see Rihanna’s weight gain? 👀 give her a couple more years & ... yeah. pic.twitter.com/uhmDL4WlQP— 🍃 (@TriggaXD) January 29, 2018
To assume that a healthy person is thin or an overweight person is lazy because of their eating habits only makes the diversity of bodies invisible. "Fatphobia" is just an excuse to discriminate those who do not fit the so-called "beauty standards" and body-shame them.
Rihanna's body's not the problem; Body-shamers are
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Although beauty is subjective, there are those who still claim that being thin is synonymous with perfection, without taking into account that every body type is different, unique, and beautiful.
Riri's body-shamers further prove this point with their out-of-place comments, making it seem as if there's a certain "type of beauty" and that curvaceous girls can't be beautiful.
Whether she gained weight or not, is not the issue. The point here is that Rihanna's (and everyone else's) body is nobodies business.
*Translated from the original article by Gabriela Nava published on VIX Español
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