So Katie Hopkins new two-part documentary, My Fat Story, was aired recently on TLC.
The programme that was designed to show that fat people are just lazy and that losing weight is simple. Just stop eating so much (her words.)
“Being obese, being fat, being overweight, has become the new normal, and I disagree with that. I really believe for fat people, the solution is in your own hands. They don’t need to put so much into their faces. So take that fat bastards.”
Regardless of whether I agree with her or not (I don’t for the record) the first thought that comes to mind isn’t; Why is she so intent on fat shaming so many people? But it is; Why does she have no filter or regard for peoples feelings? She isn’t just stating her opinion she is being malicious and spiteful. She also does not even try to hide how happy being cruel makes her. She enjoys the controversy, she enjoys people talking about her. But in the long run who suffers?It isn’t her, clearly she is thick skinned and can take the torrent backlash of abuse she receives.
The real victim of her abuse isn’t even us ‘fat’ people. It is her children. Her children who will always been known as Katie Hopkins children, their weight will always be on their minds, she has unknowingly given them a weight complex. In a few years if she is still gracing everyone with her hideous words then what about her poor children then? What about her girls who are reaching teenage hood and are conscious of their bodies anyway, now they will have the added pressure of being the children of Katie Hopkins – they certainly can’t get fat can they? Or retain their childhood ‘puppy fat’ for too long for fear of being ridiculed by the media and anyone else who Hopkins has offended and don’t get me started on the ridicule they will no doubt receive from the woman herself.
Katie I applaud you on piling the pounds on and then losing them again, you showed that weight loss is possible. But hang on, we knew that! Everyone knows you CAN lose weight.
What you didn’t show is the personal struggle and turmoil people go through. The often years of self hate, self mutilation and self loathing.
You didn’t show what being fat is like. You showed what being fat is like for a person who is used to being small. You didn’t show what being fat was like for a person with food demons. People who have struggled with their weight, some of us for our entire lives.
Motivation: your motivation was the TV crew recording, the whole world watching waiting for you to fuck up (sorrynotsorry.)
I like so many other people wanted you, hell WILLED you to fail.
So naturally of course you didn’t. But that is an unrealistic level of motivation for the general public to uphold.
We don’t have someone filming us when we wake up, when we make breakfast. What we do have is our food demons and they stay with us 24 hours a day. For example see this scenario.
You’ve been struggling to sleep for days, you’re stressed to the max about everything, work is difficult at the moment, the children are hard work and the marriage is strained.
Your weight loss plan: Wake up so tired want to kick the TV crew however, there is a TV crew so best get in the kitchen and make a healthy breakfast. Yes grapefruit, porridge or whatever – just what I craved (note the sarcasm.)
A general plus size persons plan: Wake up so tired. Children are screaming and you need something. You go to the kitchen with the intent of making something healthy however upon opening the fridge you see the bacon smiling at you ever so sweetly. You cave, you’re so tired, you’re run down and your old friend the food demon is there telling you to ‘treat yourself, you deserve it.’ So you do. Then afterwards the onset of the guilt starts. You were doing so well on your diet but now you’ve gone and blown it. More often than not the next stop is more food, more guilt and more self hate. Until you eventually realise (one biscuit later or one day later or a month later) that the only person preventing you from losing weight is you.
Oh and obviously the day where the food demon wins crops up through out the year and through out your weight loss journey.
So Katie could you handle that? Would you show the general public that?
You Katie are a UK Size 8. How could you ever understand the thoughts that cross peoples mind, especially ones who have been overweight for a long time. Have you experienced the taunts they have? Have you experienced the self hate whilst looking in the mirror? The hysterical tears in a changing room when you can’t find anything that fits and looks nice. The internal struggle over what you know you should have and what you actually want. Have you experienced comfort eating everything in sight because you are so low and that food if only for a moment brings you joy – yet on the flip side you are greeted with on set of guilt. Have you experienced this vicious circle?
You humiliate and publicly fat shame people too often and now you’ve had to take it one stop further and record a bloody programme doing it all over again. Why?
Do you think your words encourage sometime to step up and lose some weight or do they send people into a more reclusive state?
What you could have done if you were so intent on showing people how ‘easy’ it is to lose weight. Is to include overweight people in your show. Show their journeys. Show their struggles and help them. Had you succeeded you would have received a much different reaction from people I’m sure.
You haven’t shown it is easy to lose weight.
You have failed on proving that all ‘fat’ people are just lazy “fat bastards”.
You have succeeded in showing us that you will go the extremes just to humiliate, ostracise and taunt people.
You have succeeded in insulting even more of the population by saying this:
“It’s a simple fact that if you shove too many doughnuts in you, you will never make a size 8 or 10, and size 12 is clearly a size called Fat.”
You have succeeded in securing the most hated title.
And now I find myself 1000+ words in on a rant that will only put your name out there more.
So on a final note.
I may be fat but at least I can change that, you Hopkins will always be a bitch and if I were ever unfortunate enough to encounter you I would break my diet wonderfully shovelling everything fattening in my greedy chops before ‘accidentally’ knocking you to the floor with my rather large and rather fat bottom.