This year, I resolve nothing.

Whatever good intentions New Year's Resolutions may have once have had, they are long gone. It is now just a national excuse for diet product marketing. It means a month worth of ads telling us we are worthless, ugly, and unlovable in the bodies we are. For millions, New Year's Resolutions are about expressing self-hatred for their bodies and making a public show of attonement for one's inability to meet cultural expectations of health and beauty.

New Year's Resolutions are unredeemable. So this year, I resolve nothing. We cannot rescue good intentions out from under billions of dollars spent advocating fat hatred. So I'm opting out. No unrelated resolutions. No counter-resolutions. Nothing. I resolve nothing.

I want nothing to do with an elaborate cultural and financial excuse to shame fat people. This year, I resolve nothing.

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