My whole life, I've experienced being fat-shamed at work and honestly, I've reached a point where I'm just exhausted by it.
I'm done not taking it personally, I'm done laughing it off, and I'm really done not making it a big deal.
It's a weird thing to navigate being fat-shamed at your job.
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Obviously, on an intellectual level, I understand that when people put down my body, it's usually because of their own issues.
I've also realised that the fact that I appear confident and comfortable in my body unnerves people.
It seems like because I appear happy, people want to point out why I shouldn't be, or they somehow think I'm unaware that I'm not skinny and they should remind me.
But it's been happening my whole career, and I'm so sick of it.
It's also particularly hard to navigate in a work setting. You can't always afford to sever work relationships for your own mental health.
You have to work with these people, and they can't just become someone you avoid at a party.
So there's this added pressure: how do I respond to being fat-shamed without alienating this person?
Honestly, I still haven't quite figured that out. Because while people seem very keen to give me feedback on my appearance, they aren't open to feedback on their own manners.
I've experienced all types of fat-shaming at work, from micro-aggressions like, "Do you really need that biscuit?" to "You know Mary, she'll eat that!" And I've experienced it as just plain aggression.
Once, I called out a co-worker for criticising someone else's body, and she said, "I get why you'd be offended by that."
Another simply told me I needed to lose weight to get a boyfriend. I suppose it makes sense that fat-shaming has happened to me at work because while I have control over whom I surround myself with socially, I've never been able to control who my co-workers are.