Body shaming is something we as a society need to eradicate.
Just because there seems to be an ideal body shape doesn't mean we get to judge and criticize others who don't meet those standards. And it sure doesn't help with the media defining what beauty is.
There are times when people obtain mental illness, affecting their weight gain (or lack of). In some cases, it's genetic and they can't help but look the way they do. Basically, whether you have body issues yourself, we should all just stop being superficial and stereotyping. We should strive to have more empathy towards everyone around us.
However, no matter what your size, has anyone ever really been 100% comfortable during a plane ride? There's a Twitter thread about a plane passenger, who happens to fall in the overweight category.
Social media user @yrfatfriend tells everyone the reality of what overweight people experience while being in such a cramped area, describing how uncomfortable it is for them, as much as it is uncomfortable for the other passengers around them.
So, I'm on a plane today. Here's what I did to prepare to fly as a very fat person. (Thread.)— yr fat friend🏳️🌈 (@yrfatfriend) July 17, 2017
I researched airlines for their "customer of size" policies, many of which reserve the right to kick me off the plane, even after boarding.— yr fat friend🏳️🌈 (@yrfatfriend) July 17, 2017
I'm charged for that second seat regardless of whether one is available. I pay double for the privilege of staying on the plane.— yr fat friend🏳️🌈 (@yrfatfriend) July 17, 2017
Even if I buy a second seat in advance, the airline may still sell it to another passenger. If they do, I won't be notified or refunded.— yr fat friend🏳️🌈 (@yrfatfriend) July 17, 2017