Has anyone ever accused you of not being vegan because of your weight?
Have you ever been singled out or mocked by other vegans for it? Or met a fatphobic vegan?
Have you ever been accused of being an “unhealthy vegan” or just accused of being “unhealthy” based on your weight alone?
Someone told me today that they only “vegans” they had ever known had made fun of them for being fat. But I can’t imagine a fat-shaming vegan, because veganism is about compassion. So I assume it was a “plant based dieter”, someone who eats like a vegan for weight loss purposes but still uses animal tested products and wears leather and fur. One of those people with a 100$ juicing machine and designer sweat pants.
But are there honestly (ethical) vegans out there who think fat is by definition unhealthy?
If so, what could we do about it?
And last question: What’s the best clothing line or online shop for a Vegan Fatshionista?
All the time. To be honest, my whole life people have judged me because of my weight. People always tell me that I need to eat more veggies and fruits and stop eating ‘processed’ stuff. I actually find it amusing when they say that because they don’t know how I eat. I eat very little processed food, I’m healthy and I’m active, so I find it offensive when people tell me I’m not a good vegan or a vegan at all because of my body size.
@peppermintcherry I totally agree that that is underweight. I have a decent BMI, and that is definitely not one. @Brosia Sorry if this offends, but I’d think the same thing about someone who appears underweight. I try not too, but when someone appears unhealthy, that is my automatic assumption. If you are healthy despite your weight, and yes, despite is the right word, I give you a ton of credit. However, many times it is the same thing, so it is natural that people are trying to help. If you feel happy, and are healthy, just gently tell them that your health is perfect, and I’m sure that they will back off.
@luckystarjenna: I know I’m going to repeat some of what VeganCaramel said, but I feel it needs expanded on further. The fact that someone’s automatic reaction to the word “fat” is weight loss advice is, to me, a method of shaming. It says, “You are not acceptable as you are, so please do this to change”. There are actually a lot of people who are more focused on their health than a number on the scale. And no, the two are not the same thing.
@silencescreams 5’3 and 89 pounds??? That just screams underweight. I’m 2 inches shorter and my perfect, healthy weight is 107. Sorry, had to throw that out there.
Anyways, being OVERWEIGHT is not healthy, but being chubby or just a little pudgy is totally healthy, as long as the personal is eating well and exercising. Not everyone is going to be a size 3, fact of life.
I may say that, though, but I have a hard time not looking at overweight people and not thinking they must eat shit food. I never say anything out loud and I’m trying to not make that assumption off the bat, but it’s hard not to =/