Being plus size is nothing to be ashamed of. Heck, I’ve been plus size my whole life. But there are struggles that plus-size women face every day that other people might not think of.
People might say, ‘well just lose weight,’ but it’s not that easy. Sometimes people have health problems that cause them not to be able to lose weight. Plus, losing weight is a lot harder than gaining weight, so don’t judge others. In fact, use body positivity and hype them up.
Here are the top 5 struggles plus-size women shouldn’t have to face.
Paying More Money For Clothes
It is not fair that just because some people are plus size that they have to pay $2+ more on clothing. It can’t be that much more fabric. If retailers are going to do that, they should upcharge for every size from XS to 5XL (just an example). Sometimes the clothes are even $5 more than “regular size” clothing. Let’s not get started on trying to find the clothes that you see in the women’s section in your size and the store not having/carrying it. We deserve to feel cute too.
Shopping Online And Not Knowing If The Clothes Will Fit When You Get Them
Shopping in stores is one thing, but if they don’t have your size, you most likely have to resort to online, which is fine, but then you have to pay shipping and a whole bunch of other problems. So, unless you have a tape measure to take your measurements you have to know what size you are and maybe you size up but then you get it and it looks frumpy and not good and then you have to return it. If all online stores would just be the same, no one would have a problem, but the clothes fit differently and the sizes are listed differently, like 18, 20, 22, etc. or 1X, 2X, or 3X, etc.
Chaffing hurts. A Lot. It sucks in the summertime when you have to wear shorts and your legs rub together. Plus, the shorts ride up and it just causes a whole chain reaction of you being uncomfortable. For those who don’t know, chafing is the irritation of skin caused by repetitive friction, usually generated through skin to skin contact of multiple body parts. It is also called friction burns.
Comparing Yourself To Your “Skinny” Friends
You go out with your skinny friends and you can’t help to compare yourself to them. You’ve probably put on two layers of spandex and tummy tuckers while they are probably wearing crop tops and leggings. They get hit on when you’re at the bar and you’re sitting there, just sipping your drink. Or you all go out to the beach and they are in bikinis and you either wear a one piece or a shirt over your bathing suit. You can’t help but compare yourself to others around you.
People Assume You Don’t Exercise/ Are Unhealthy
Just because someone is bigger does not mean that they are not healthy or that they don’t work out. Everyone’s metabolism is different, and some people have medical issues that may not allow them to lose weight easily, but do not shame them or call them unhealthy. You have no idea about someone else’s story. In fact, many plus-size women work out in the gym, dancing, zumba, etc.
Don’t forget that every BODY is beautiful. You are beautiful!