So this was a topic that was brought up a couple weeks ago that brought on a big debate. There were people who said a fat princess wouldn't be a good role model, that obesity kills people, that just because there's only thin princesses doesn't mean kids are going to worry about it, that the princesses have to be beautiful, etc.
I used to read a lot of books and watch a lot of tv growing up, mostly Harry Potter and Disney. As much as I love the Harry Potter series and Disney movies, the way fat people are depicted is really upsetting. I mean there's Dudley who's described as being as fat as a baby orca and then there the comedy relief in Disney movies who are fat half the time (Mr Smee, Gus, Le Fou, etc) or there's times where the ugly people are fat (Ursula).
I've been chubby all my life and I've been made fun of for the rolls on my stomach and I've had to deal with comments about what I'd be eating. Half of the time it'd be from sisters and the other half from school. So seeing how fat people are depicted in media made me feel even worse about myself.
I know what some of you are going to say:
"I was made fun of for how I look but I didn't try to change anything about myself!"
Here's the thing though; everyone is different. You can be made fun of for being too skinny and still not try to change anything about yourself, you can be made fun of for being too fat and still not try to change anything about yourself. There's people with a lot of confidence, and there's people with almost no confidence.
"But an obese princess could encourage kids to be overweight!"
Not if done right! There are people who are fat who are still healthy, it just takes forever to lose weight. If we had a princess who was overweight and wasn't shown eating in every scene she's in or at least be eating healthy foods then that could help encourage kids to eat healthier. Also Idk about you guys but it's not like skinny people in movies or books are great role models when it came to eating healthier too. There's been characters who eat what they want and still not gain a pound, what does that tell kids?
"I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face"
Almost every episode/movie these two are in they eat their weight in food
Fun fact: My husband is chubbier than me. He weighs a couple hundred pounds but he's not unhealthy. In fact he's healthier than I am. He goes on more walks than me, works out more, eats better (sometimes I just don't eat or I eat something unhealthy) and he loses only a little weight at a time. Me? I could almost
pass for thin but I don't have the same routine as him. I don't eat breakfast like him (he almost always eats oatmeal), I rarely go on walks with him, and most of my diet consists of sandwiches, chips, and chocolate. I'll eat something healthy every now and then but it's not as much as my husband.
"But obesity kills people!"
True but you know what else kills peope? Anorexia and bulimia
"Princesses have to be beautiful!"
Please don't think this way, it's hurtful. Not everyone fits into the idea of beauty, there's going to be some fat people you don't think is pretty just like there's going to be skinny people you don't think is pretty.
Also it's also not that hard to make animated women of all shapes and sizes be beautiful. There's beautiful animated fat women, buff women, and short women
Rose Quartz from Steven Universe
Amethyst from Steven Universe
Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast
Fairy Mary from Tinkerbell
Jasper from Steven Universe
Rubies from Steven Universe
Korra from Legend of Korra
Sadie from Steven Universe
Sapphire from Steven Universe