A running list of definitions that you may run into in this blog and elsewhere.
Fat: Fat is an adjective and an organ. Many fat people find on their journey to fat positivity and/or fat acceptance that it is helpful to reclaim the word fat.
Fat acceptance: see here
Fat activist: A fat person who engages in activism to advance the acceptance of fat bodies and/or to combat anti-fat discrimination
Fat positivity: see here
IWL: intentional weight loss
“O” words: overweight, obese and any variation thereof. These are terms that hypermedicalize/pathologize fatness. They are offensive, so I don’t use them. I refer to them as the “O” words, if at all.
Person of size: This is a euphemism for fat that some people prefer.
WLS: weight-loss surgery, also referred to by fat activists as stomach amputation, gastric amputation