Basically, think of some of your fave plus-sized characters. Their size is their most defining trait, and they're relegated to being the “funny” one, or they’re super sad because they need to overcome the fact that they’re fat. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a bigger character treated just like everyone else? We think so. The fat acceptance movement is picking up steam, and while we work to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin, certain movies and TV shows need to be called out for their anti-fat attitudes. Here are 16 popular movies and TV shows that are guilty of fat-shaming.
Okay, Pretty Little Liars is a ridiculous (and ridiculously addictive) show for so many reasons. Still, it’s super exhausting to see yet another teen show that incorporates so much fatphobia. If you don’t recall, Hannah’s character used to be chubby. She was ostracized and poked fun at for it and deemed totally uncool. Ali used it to manipulate her, and pretty much forced her into developing an eating disorder. The show does a bad job addressing the issue, and basically teaches viewers that if you want to be popular and beautiful, try losing a ton of weight in a super unhealthy way!
20th Century Fox
Entertainment Film Distributors
The Weinstein Company
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