Photos to Show Anyone Who Calls Fat People Lazy

April 10th 2016

Laura Donovan

There's a common stereotype that overweight people are lazy and never exercise. But many people have challenged that arbitrary notion on social media in recent months. A skinny-looking person does not necessarily work out regularly or eat well, and a heavyset person is not necessarily sedentary or unhealthy.

Here are some individuals who prove that the "heavy people are lazy" stereotype is wrong.

1. Erica Schenk

Last year, Women's Running magazine was widely lauded for placing a plus-size model on the cover of its August issue and fighting stereotypes about what runners look like.


"There's a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that's just not the case," editor in chief Jessica Sebor told last year. "Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go [to] any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that. I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can't see herself in the cover images. We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover."

Schenk told Women's Running magazine at the time that people should not be discouraged from running based on their body type.

"Some women believe that since they have curves, they can’t run or shouldn’t run," Schenk said. "Running is for everybody anytime."

2. Ashley Graham

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Plus-size model Ashley Graham made history for her covers on Maxim and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition earlier this year, but she has faced a lot of criticism from people for being a curvy model. Sports Illustrated alum Cheryl Tiegs famously suggested in February that Graham's appearance is "unhealthy." But a simple glance at Graham's Instagram page will show you that she has a lot of healthy habits. The model loves posting workout videos on Instagram, and she has also appeared in exercise videos on YouTube.

"I am strong," Graham wrote on the Instagram post for the video above. "I am powerful. I am bold. My body is capable to do more than I think I can. I will always push myself to greater heights. I respect the skin I am in. I work out because I love my body, not because I hate it."

3. Nadia Aboulhosn

Nadia Aboulhosn, a size 16 model, exuded her love for running on the April cover of Women's Running magazine.

Aboulhosn fell in love with running after becoming a linebacker on her school's all-boy football team in eighth grade, People reported last month.

“I used to be able to bench-press a crazy amount,” Aboulhosn told Women's Running last month. “The coach liked to joke with the guys when I would beat them in practice.”

4. Tess Holliday

Plus-size model Tess Holliday told Us Weekly in March that she exercises multiple times a week in response to criticism by fitness Instagrammer Ashy Bines that Holliday promotes an "unhealthy" lifestyle.

"I stay active for me, & only me," Holliday said on Instagram. "It's not about proving anything or trying to lose weight, it's about what makes ME happy! Our society is so ingrained to think that all bodies (especially bigger ones) shouldn't be respected & appreciated, it's heartbreaking. We ALL deserve to be treated with dignity regardless of our size, gender, race, sexual orientation, abilities, etc., & should demand that of those around us. When people criticize or belittle us it says more about them than us, remember that, Don't let anyone dull your shine or underestimate what you are capable of."

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