FAT. It's a word. You can use it.
Today in my psychology of prejudice class we were talking about anti-fat attitudes and prejudice in society, and my professor was adamant about avoiding the word “fat.” She claimed she preferred to use “overweight” to describe people.
Yeah, except that by doing that, you legitimate the concept…
Attempts to protect the stigma ingrained in definitions of fatness are instinctive. Once the fat phobia/weight loss diet framing is set. Until that is stopped, people will always incline toward this attitude.