Are you struggling to find the right emotion to describe how you’re feeling?
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It’s so wild that even years after we campaigned to have Facebook remove the “feeling fat” emoji from the list of drop down emotions (and they did!) that we still have such a long way to go in removing fatphobic diet culture language from our lexicon.
In the same way that “Afro” is not synonymous with “bad hair day,” “feeling fat” has become tied to a wide range of negative emotions.
And because children are not taught how to properly describe emotions, especially emotions like feeling unloved, discarded, or where their needs aren’t being met, we are left with Fat.
And yet, “feeling fat” doesn’t actually exist! Unless of course you’re literally touching your body to feel fat cells. But because of diet culture, this phrase has now come to mean anything from unloved, angry, sad, anxious, jealous, and vulnerable, to a wide list of hundreds of other negative emotions.
Please teach your children that fat is not bad, but it’s also not a feeling. Give kids the tools to properly describe their emotions. And remember, we must also practice what we preach ❤️