I’m Not Fat, I’m Just Thick

Markitta-1011ad

Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011

I absolutely abhor the word ‘thick’ when used to describe someone’s body, mainly the female body. EVERYBODY wants to be thick! I believe the word thick is a glorified term for the word fat. Why are we celebrating obesity by trying to camouflage it as ‘thick’? Women that are overweight will quickly label themselves as ‘thick’ rather than fat. We strive to have the biggest butts and thighs. This is the way most people describe the difference between thick and fat: if a woman has a big butt, big hips, and fat thighs but has a fairly small waist she’s considered to be ‘thick’. But if she has a gut, with the same big butt, hips, and thighs, THEN she’s fat. What the freak?! Flat stomach huge butt and thighs, not fat….big stomach with the same huge butt and thighs, fat. Never mind that the girl with the flat stomach is 5’5 and weighs 250…she’s just thick, not fat. Because of the extra weight she’s carrying in her butt, hips and thighs, there’s extra strain on her knees…but she thick though! Ayyyyeeeee!

I was watching the latest episode of Being Mary Jane and Mary Jane, played by Gabrielle Union, was talking to her niece, played by Raven Good win, about her weight and getting healthy. It’s like she was in my head because she took the words right out of my mouth:

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Mary Jane: This conversation is about your health, about Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure

Niecy: I am Healthy, I’m just Thick!

Mary Jane:  No no no, Do not get me started on the whole, I’m thick conversation!

Niecy: Oh please get started, please.

Mary Jane: Ok, Why does every overweight black woman in the hood think she’s thick? We don’t eat well, we don’t exercise, and then we justify our diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure by saying I was born this way, God made me 60lbs overweight, and you know what, it’s all fun and games until you lose a foot at 40 from diabetes messing around trying to be an a** model on Instagram, ain’t nobody gonna call ya thick when you got three toes left.

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I’m not a skinny girl, so don’t think I’m picking on the fat girls. Nor do I have the desire to ever be skinny. I’m a person who is very health conscious and I am more concerned with being healthy than having a big butt or big thighs. I am a person that thinks we should be tired of losing friends and family to diseases that we can actually control and manage through diet and exercise. Ladies you can have a nice body without being skinny. I have no desire to be skinny, that’s not why I workout and try to watch what I eat. I workout mainly for my health, having a nice body is the icing on the cake. I have curves and I want to keep my curves, but I don’t want to be overweight. And ladies, can we please stop letting men and the media set the standard for our idea of what’s beautiful.

Why are we so quick to label someone as thick and not call it what it is…FAT?! I think the main reason women love to label themselves thick is because the word fat has become profane. Fat sounds sloppy and nasty while thick sounds curvy and voluptuous. Fat and thick are the same…they both are used to describe obese and overweight individuals. Stop glorifying fatness by calling it thickness…Fat is not thick! It’s FAT…OVERWEIGHT…OBESE! Calling it thick doesn’t change its’ appearance.

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Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

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