This 5-Year-Old Girl Handled Fat-Shaming in the Most Grown-Up Way
Kids these days!
Five-year-old Cambelle surprised her mother, Allison Kimmey, on Tuesday when she recounted her story of another girl who called her fat. Kimmey, who’s known on social media as an activist for body positivity, took to Instagram to share her little girl’s story along with an adorable shot of the mother-daugher duo near the ocean.
“My daughter told me that someone called her fat today,” she wrote in the caption to her Instagram post. Cambelle told her, “Yesterday at practice, my shirt came up a little but and my tummy was showing. The girl next to me looked at me and said that my tummy was showing. The girl next to me looked at me and said that my tummy was fat.”
Kimmey asked her daughter what her response was and naturally, it made Mom proud. “I told her that I’m not fat, I HAVE fat. And that everybody has fat. And I told her it’s okay to have fat,” Cambelle told her mom. Can we please turn to Cambelle for advice regularly?
Mom, of course, told Cambelle how proud she was of handling the situation. “Fat is not a bad word, I don’t think she was trying to hurt your feelings. It was so brave of you to help her understand that all people have fat, but that no one IS fat. And that it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have more or less of it,” she told her daughter.
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Cambelle learned her lesson from her mom, who in June shared another post on Instagram that went viral. Then, Cambelle called her own mom fat, and Kimmey took it as an opportunity to teach her daughter a valuable lesson. “The truth is, I am not fat. No one IS fat. It’s not something you can BE. But I do HAVE fat. We ALL have fat,” she said, adding, “It protects our muscles and our bones and keeps our bodies going by providing us energy.”
Let’s give it up for Kimmey, who deserves the mom of the year award, and Cambelle, one super cool 5-year-old.