On Kids and Fat Memes

Memes. They’re meant to be funny, hilarious and give us a daily dose of laughter. I’ve created my fair share of memes in life, but there are some memes I’ll never be okay with. 

Memes of kids, expressing their frustrations with their weight and being fat. 

The first time I felt this way was a few years ago. I saw a meme of two little girls standing on a scale saying something about sucking it in so their weight would be less. I know, I know I’m a buzzkill it’s meant to be funny, but here’s the issue it’s just not. It’s sending subliminal messages to our little girls to worry about their weight. 

You might disagree with me and that’s fine. It’s the Internet, we’re never all going to agree. However, some of you might be feeling as I am. 

I just don’t like kids being used in fat memes. It’s setting them up for failure. If you have a child above the age of five, you may have noticed them already making comments about their weight. My son does this and it truly caught me off guard the first time. In our society our weight is aligned with our value as a human being, it’s truly sickening. 

Do you remember the meme of the actor Wentworth Miller, from Prison Break? He gained a bit of weight while off set and it became a meme of sensation. He responded to the meme and I’m so glad he did. I first saw the post on another bloggers site. I made a comment that someone’s weight does not determine their value and that’s the truth. That’s a truth I want my children to grow up around. I don’t want them to look at a larger person and automatically assume they are less, just because of the way they look. 

Assumptions and judgements of others are made so immediately, weight does not need to be part of that. A common misplaced judgement is that overweight means lazy and unhealthy. That just isn’t always the truth. I can list at least twenty people who are bigger than me and also healthier than me. I have high cholesterol and am probably lazier than all these people, but they are judged first. Why? Because we start with these messages at a young age. You might see an innocent meme, I see another child being told their weight is their identity. 

Tess Holliday is a huge advocate for body positivity and constantly bombarded online by body shamers. She’s an idol for so many and I love her for it!

I’m not a saint, I will laugh at Trump memes all day, but let’s stop using kids in our fat memes. They have enough to worry about, let’s not tarnish their minds and images with our unhealthy standards. 

I fixed the following meme. You’re welcome. 

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8 comments

  1. I have always wished to have a chubby baby! I think I would make cute memes about how great chubby babies are all day long if I could have one! We often talk in our family about how everyone is different in size, color, shape, and mannerisms. The important thing is to realize that we are all people and we all have our own personal strengths and weaknesses.

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    • Yes, so true!! I had a chubby baby and made all sorts of fun memes but they weren’t about needing to lose weight. It’s a shame that we’re told chubby babies are cute but if they don’t “thin out” at some point we start to worry about their weight

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