Fat has such a bad rap.

It is a word that carries a ton of stigma around it in our society.

Some people don’t mind being called fat, others would rather be stabbed in the eye with a glazed bear claw than be called that three letter word.

To be fat is one thing.

To “feel” fat is a whole other.

The truth is, you can’t actually “feel” fat.

Fat is not a feeling.

Scared, hungry, anxious, tired…those are feelings.

Fat is not.

So, in order to stop feeling fat you have to understand what you are really saying.

In our society fat means a lot of things. Digging deeper, some words that are associated with fat are:

ugly

poor

trashy

unloved

neglected

friendless

unsuccessful

uncool

loser

dork

stupid

lazy

good-for-nothing

unattractive

un-sexy

unwanted

unneeded

worthless

pride-less

These are just some of the words that come to mind when we think of what society thinks of when they think of fat people.

None of the feelings come from God.

All of them come from Satan.

God only sends us feelings of love and conviction. No condemnation or shame.

Keeping that in mind, we then must understand that when we say we feel fat, what we really are saying is we feel anyone of the words listed above.

Those words can run deep.

For some, trauma is associated with some of the words on the list. It is easier to just say fat than it is to call ones self lazy or worthless.

Still, the truth is, those are what the feelings are that are being experienced inside.

Understanding and correctly labeling our true feelings is part of how we break free from the fat shaming and stigma we carry on ourselves and others.

The next time you find yourself saying you “feel” fat, ask yourself what you may really be feeling.

Then, say something kind to yourself and remember, that God loves you just the way you are and you are perfect to him.

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