19-year-old Ohio college student, Samm Newman, loves to post Instagram selfies in her underwear like every narcissistic college student these days, but the Nazis over at Instagram decided that unless you’ve got the body of Kendall Jenner, keep those damn pics to yourself!
After posting the above pic of her in a bra and her favorite pair of boy shorts, her account was suspended, even though she didn’t violate any of Instagram’s Terms of Service.
Newman was bullied all throughout high school because of her size, and it wasn’t until she found support from the online community that she recently started to accept her less-than-stellar body. She met other girls online, and posted compliments and inspiration on each other’s accounts, using hashtags like #bodylove and #pizzasister4lyfe.
I’m not into fat shaming, but I’m also not into fat celebrating. #Pizzasister4lyfe? You’re just gonna enable other overweight individuals to stay overweight? I think that people who are this fat are like smokers. You have the ability to improve your health by curbing your lifestyle, but you choose not to because you don’t have the self-control. Listen, I’m all for freedom. This is America, goddammit! Do whatever the hell you want. Go shoot heroin into the veins of your penis while you butt chug grain alcohol on a very high ladder with a steel rod in your hand during a thunderstorm. But as soon as what you’re doing affects the people around you, that’s when I have a problem.
Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s (National Center for Health Statistics, 2009). The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. So, while you’re accepting your body and hashtagging about gobbling up pizza, the rest of us are gonna have to pay for you when you get diabetes and heart disease. I’m not saying everyone needs to look like Mary-Kate Olsen, but there’s a difference between accepting your body, and celebrating poor health.
Newman told NBC that “she hopes her story will provide motivation for others.” Motivation to get fatter? I don’t think anyone needs that motivation. How ’bout motivating people to get healthy? After Samm’s plight garnered some news coverage, Instagram quickly reinstated her account and apologized for the mix-up. Congrats, Samm, you’re a real Rosa Parks for the overweight community. Good luck spreading your message of having no willpower, and doing whatever you want without regard for how it will affect you in the long run. You’re a hero.