05/05/2014 09:47 am ET Updated May 05, 2014

Cutting Fatphobic Language Out of Your Life

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Our society has a very complicated relationship with the word fat.

You’ve probably heard it used as an insult, as a micro-aggression, and exploited by the diet industry as a shaming tool. You’ve probably also heard it used as a tool for prejudice.

You’ve likely heard others run from the term by using (supposedly) less “offensive” language, like chubby or pudgy.

We all know, from years of social conditioning, that calling someone “fat” is an insult.

Or is it?

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