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6 Ways to Respect Fat People While Discussing Your Fitness Regimen

6 Ways to Respect Fat People While Discussing Your Fitness Regimen

I’ve had a very strained relationship with fitness.

I learned about exercise as I imagine most girls did: in relation to weight loss. Fitness and exercise were never explained to me as ways to reward my body. I never learned that exercise could be fun. Because I was fat as a child, I instead learned from the adults around me that exercise was primarily a punishment for eating — a punishment I deserved because I was fat.

Because of this landscape, it's sometimes difficult to discuss being active and working out without engaging in fatphobic rhetoric.