And of course, there are a whole myriad of characteristics, eccentricities, likes, and dislikes that make up a human being. Doing so would only further stigmatize fat bodies and suggest to that younger generation and everyone else that being fat is always bad. But in conversations with a lot of fat positive activists and proponents, something that I hear even more is the admission that fatness can be a positive defining characteristic if you simply decide that it is. But personally, I don't think she's right. She doesn't have visible double chins. Calling someone "fat" or telling them that they "look fat" isn't inherently an insult. Whether she has or hasn't gained weight is no one's concern, nor does it affect her role as a performer.
Anabelle. Age: 31.
I do, however, think we should be changing the way we utilize the word.
Valeria. Age: 26.
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Doing so would only further stigmatize fat bodies and suggest to that younger generation and everyone else that being fat is always bad. It's still assigned to bodies that don't actually know what it's like to live as fat people in a world that hates fat people. Much like I am tall, Latina, a fan of folk music, a nerd, and a devotee of the scrunchie. But even if she was, her talents wouldn't be compromised.