Fat shaming hurts no matter how old you are or what shape you’re in.
But when it starts early, it can be especially hard.
Kids should be running, climbing and skinning their knees.
They should not have to worry that cruel gazes may find those knees ‘a bit too chubby’.
I was recently devastated to hear about the tears of an elementary school student (the daughter of a dear friend) who had been called ‘fat’ by some bullies in her class.
The fat-shamed little girl I used to be (who lives inside me still) cried out in a visceral understanding of her pain.
My heartbreak for the superstar girl in question prompted me to finally do something I’ve been meaning to do for years – create a Playlist of Empowerment for my daughter and little girls everywhere.
If I could create a soundtrack to play on a loop through my daughter’s brain, these would be the tracks.
So, for my precious girl, for your daughters, and especially for the wonderful girl who inspired me – play these songs and remember that you are beautiful, inside and out.
Please feel free to leave any and all suggestions for additions to this soundtrack!