Monday, July 30, 2012

Fat quote by J.K. Rowling--submitted by Adele

“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’
‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”

― J.K. Rowling


  1. It's so true! I love when someone starts a conversation with something more along the lines of, "I hear school is going well!" or "Your facebook pictures look so fun!" I admit I'm flattered when people say I look like I've lost weight, but why is that considered to be the only 'new' thing that has happened to me in the months or even years?

  2. i love this quote. just what i needed to hear after my hour of comparing and critiquing at the gym!

  3. Oh this is fantastic!!!! we all need to share our similar opinions and shoot them from the rooftops. Lets make a difference!

  4. I interviewed a woman from the health department at BYU for my freshman American Heritage project. We had an interesting conversation as to why we have so many problems with obesity and eating disorders. I asked what should we do.

    "Stop talking about it. When a person gains weight, don't mention it. When a person loses weight, don't mention it. It doesn't matter and we need to stop talking about it as though it does. We need to stop talking about it as though it were THE most important thing. When someone mentions a notice in weight change on your part, dismiss it. Change the subject. It is a shallow compliment/insult on their part and doesn't deserve to be acknowledged."

    1. I love that statement, Dana! was it its own blog post already? If it wasn't, it SHOULD be. :)