Me and Matt have decided that we are going to book a hiking holiday for when he is on his next half term from college (no I am not a cougar, he works at a college, lol). Being that we live in the United Kingdom and the weather is pretty much wet most of the year I decided it would be a good idea to go out and buy some waterproofs. An easy task given the amount of outdoor shops in my area…Or so I thought!
The hours that followed are probably similar to a lot of other people’s experience when they try to go clothes shopping and mostly consisted of my throwing my teddies out of the pram and exclaiming that I was not going on holiday because for how much everyone gets on your case as a fat girl about losing weight and getting more active… Apparently no body thought that it might be nice to have something to wear while we do these things.
And it’s not just us fat people either, in at least 4 of the stores I went into unless you were either a size 10-12 there was no way you would have been walking out with something as simple as a pac-a-mac. Pretty impressive since the average clothes size in the UK happens to be a size 16 and with a lot of women aiming to be a size 8 or below.
Luckily I found some clothes thanks to the Peter Storm range at Millets, so I can actually go on my soggy holiday but it was an absolutely horrific experience that left me feeling pretty crappy about myself and wondering why companies assume that just because you are thinner or fatter than what they consider average you do not want to be active.
Hey mister outdoor company if you don’t want to take my money that is fine but please realise that us fat girls can walk in the rain too – I’ve done it, many times and it’s pretty fun!