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06/20/2014 10:17 am ET Updated Jun 20, 2014

9 Facts That Challenge the Way We Talk About Fat People

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At the bottom of nearly every article celebrating body diversity, you will likely find some version of the following comments:

"Aren't you promoting an unhealthy lifestyle?"

"I'm all about confidence, but this is just unhealthy."

"I just don't find fat people attractive, that doesn't make me a bad person."

"I have no sympathy for these people, they bring it on themselves."

"Think of the children!"

This is called concern trolling, and it needs to stop. The intersectional issues of size, health and weight loss are far more complicated than we've been led to believe, and this lack of understanding has led to weight-based discrimination becoming a serious problem across the world. Widespread anti-fat prejudice typically stems from misconceptions about health, weight and body positivity, and negatively affects millions of people every day.

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