What does society think of fat people? Well, they hate us! Sure, there are some people who seem to "fetishize" us, but the majority of society has decided because we are larger than what "Hollywood" says we should be that we are dirty, disgusting, smelly, unhygienic, stupid, careless, emotionless, blobs. Ain't that grand!?
Read on, I promise this is not a site that is here to disrespect or insult anyone. 

"Pudgy" is my favorite synonym for the word "fat". I actually love the word "fat" but there is already a zine out there called "The Fat Zine", and I am not here to steal anything from anyone. I am just here to speak my mind and to spread love and kindness. 
Chubby, plump, hefty, plumpish, rotund, round, stout, thick-bodied, tubby, big, bulging, bulky, chunky, heavy, hefty, inflated, large, meaty, obese, plump, well-fed...
I would like to point out that none of the words above are "bad" words...I did however think "stout" was a beer, but whatever. :-)

In the United States, 36.5 percent of adults are obese. Another 32.5 percent of American adults are overweight. In all, more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.
Source: Obesity Facts in America - Healthlinehttps://www.healthline.com › health › obesity-facts
That sure is a lot of fat people! The biggest problem with fat people? That they find the word “fat” offensive when all it means is: noun
a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain organs.
Source: Oxford Languages
Nothing in this definition says or means dirty, disgusting, smelly, unhygienic, stupid, careless, emotionless, or blob(s).

The point of this zine is not to say ‘be fat and glorify yourself for being fat and do things that may be unhealthy and then loathe yourself' or whatever you may be thinking. Trust me, this zine is not about whatever you are thinking it may be about! It is not about why being fat is not bad. It is not about why being fat is good. It is about being happy with who you are and what you look like now…RIGHT NOW! You may want to lose weight. You may want to gain weight. You may be perfectly happy with your weight and size and looks right now…and the point of this zine is so that everyone is happy with themselves! Our appearance means so much to society that it is tearing us down. Our mental health is in the shitter. Our kids are bullied. Complete strangers are making comments to complete strangers because they somehow think that their waist size makes them superior to others, and it doesn’t, and it never will!

I could get into all the stuff we are used to hearing…’beauty is on the inside’…’Your heart is what makes you beautiful’…But the truth is, what makes you beautiful is how you feel about yourself. When you genuinely like yourself you glow. You glow on the inside so much that it just flows out of you, and surrounds you, and it makes you so beautiful that harsh words from others, you don’t even hear them as insults. You recognize them for what they really are, cries for help from people who are unhappy with themselves. We all need to work on ourselves. We all need empathy for those who have more work to do. We all need to be accepting. You can weigh 400 and want to weigh 200 and still love yourself and how you look at 400. That’s my point, we need to find ways to feel love for and about ourselves now, as is. That doesn’t mean do not try to improve yourself if you feel you need to, that means don’t hate yourself because you feel you need to improve yourself. You, right now…You’re pretty damn awesome! You have at least 1 quality that you can build on to become anything and everything you have ever dreamt of, and I do too…That’s what this journey is about, and it is going to be a journey! A journey of self-discovery, which we can take part in together. No one is alone in this. I am by your side. You are by my side. WE are not alone. We have each other.

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