Why this story matters:
Albrecht thought that way about herself for a long time. But nowadays she knows that this is not her problem. It's a social problem, in Europe as much as everywhere else.
The media often feature unflattering images of overweight citizens, framing the issue as a widespread nuisance. And the discussions in the comments section of Der Standard reveals what is on the mind of the majority: fat people are to blame for their misfortunes.
Details from the story:
- Magda Albert was born in Stralsund in 1986 and grew up in Berlin. She regularly writes for the blog Mädchenmannschaft and gives lectures about queer feminism, body morphing and fatness.
- She sums up her commitment to the cause with a striking formula: "My fat is political."
- In her book "Fa (t) shionista" Albrecht describes her everyday life. She writes: "Being thin today is not only considered 'fit' and 'healthy', but is also considered a marker of success. It shows us that somebody is not also working on their career, but also on their body."
- In the media, being fat is always presented as the opposite of being healthy and vital-- and that's just one of the many examples showing how overweight people are devalued.
- Reports on obesity often use unflattering images of so-called "headless fatties". These are images of fat bodies with the head not visible, mostly sitting down and shown from behind.
- The term "headless fatty" was coined by British psychotherapist and author Charlotte Cooper, who frequently quotes Magda Albrecht in her book.
- Headless fatties symbolize society's perception of the obese as voiceless and dehumanized, says Cooper.