FIT AND FAT!!! – Ashley Nell Tipton

FIT AND FAT!!!

Fat, Fit and Fabulous!
Being fit and fat are slowly becoming less and less taboo. When I go to the gym, I see a plethora of different body types. From tall to short, thin to fat and everything in between, I literally see just about every body type. One of the things I love the most is that a lot of the bigger bodies can keep up with the smaller bodies. I know what you may be thinking, how? Or maybe you're thinking, "no way that's true". Well it's true and it's possible because of endurance and stamina. Working out builds endurance and stamina all at the same time. Having high endurance and stamina is not exclusive to one particular body type or weight. Before I get ahead of myself, let's talk about what it means to be fat.

The problem with labeling people fat is simply that fatness is subjective and it's also a social term we use to describe people's appearances. The term over weight is typically used to describe your medical status from a physical standpoint. Being overweight just means that your weight and height aren't proportionate according to the bmi chart. By those definitions, you can be fat but not overweight because the words aren't interchangeable.

I know this all sounds confusing because of what we've been taught. Think about it like this, people may call me fat just based off of my physical appearance however, they can't tell how fit I am based off of my looks alone. Typically super muscular and or thin people are portrayed as fit. Where as fat people are portrayed as the complete opposite. Being fat is not synonymous with being unfit. Not only am I a testament to that but so are many of my fellow gym goers and friends.

Being fat doesn't mean that you struggle to do physical tasks. Having a little extra under neck fat or rolls on your back or even a muffin top is not synonymous to immobility or unfitness. You can be fat and fit. You can be fat and stylish. Fat and fabulous. You can be fat, fit, stylish and fabulous all at the same time and don't let anybody tell you otherwise!
Chelsea Morris -- Contributor

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