July 2014 | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

A PLUS SIZE LIFE + STYLE BLOG

July 30, 2014

WHAT I DO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE "FAT ACCEPTANCE MOVEMENT"

Today I read an article from Thought Catalog called "6 Things I Don't Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement." The writer expresses that she doesn't understand why fat people have been glorified as having a positive body image on blogs, social media, and in the "Fat Acceptance Movement." The article brings up valid points such as health problems and concerns that are associated with being overweight and I agree that these problems are extremely detrimental to everyone's health across the country.

What the article lacked was the acknowledgement of mental health, and why this movement is important to people. It has the underlying tone of: Stop celebrating who you are because you're fat, not special.

While I agree that being overweight in any shape or form does come with health risks and that America is an extremely obese country, I believe in being confident and celebrating your body no matter how fat, chubby, average, or slim you are. Physical health is the priority, but mental health and self esteem also need to be more than an afterthought.


The article could have been titled, "6 Things I don't Understand About Obesity in America," instead of "6 Things I Don't Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement,"which implies that fat people should not be accepted.

The reason why the "Fat Acceptance Movement" exists is because women, like myself, are content with their curves and choose not to be scrutinized and put down by society and the unrealistic beauty ideals this country has developed. 

Everyone has a right to feel confident and be a part of ANY movement they want. 

I am considered plus size. I have a little extra tummy, a whole lot of hips, and my thighs are bountiful. However, I do workout regularly and I am very cautious of what I eat and how much I eat. I have no desire to be skinny, but you will never catch me shaming the size 2 girl next to me at the gym running five miles, because no matter what size you are, I believe in loving your curves, shape, and body.

Women are put down too often and held to standards that some of us are just sick of. It's my life. I choose to love myself and my body, and if that means I am considered being a part of the "Fat Acceptance Movement," Then I'm extremely proud to say I'm behind it full force. 

If others would like to waste their time putting down a group of people, then so be it. But I advise those people to spend a little more time loving themselves, instead of worrying about how other people choose to live their life. 



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July 17, 2014

July 15, 2014

CHALLENGE: LOVE YOURSELF


When you look in the mirror, what do you say about your reflection?
“I need to go to the gym.” 
“My arms are flabby.” 
“I have dark circles under my eyes.” 
“My hair is too frizzy, too straight, or too curly.”
“I hate my nose, ears, smile, and eyebrows.”
Most people negatively critique their appearance, which can affect the way people carry themselves throughout the day. These negative impressions not only lead to depression, anxiety, and a lack of self-esteem, but also contribute to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

Some argue that we are so negative about our bodies, beauties, and imperfections because of impractical standards of beauty that are forced upon our society by the media and advertisements.

However, this is far from the truth. The fashion, media, and advertising industries capitalize on our society's insecurities. They take advantage of those insecurities to create a sense of desire and urgency for their products with ideas such as: “If you buy this makeup, you won’t have dark circles under your eyes; If you buy this dress you will appear curvy and not chubby; If you buy this hair product you can have beautiful hair.”

These insecurities that we develop affect more than your overall persona. They can also shape the way friends, employers, and colleagues view you.
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