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Recently Nicole Arbour released a video making fun of fat people.

In the nearly six-minute video, she claims that “fat-shaming is not a thing. Fat people made that up.”

She admits to knowing that her video will offend some people and then says, “What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do?” she asked in the beginning of her video. “You gonna chase me? Really? I can get away from you by walking at a reasonable pace.”

Another thing she mentions is that “big boned is not a thing. There are no fucking skeletons that look like the Michelin man.”

The Michelin man

And while that little factoid may be true, (about the Michelin man), there is such a thing as being big boned. In fact there is such a thing as having small bones.

Let me give you a very simple example that anyone could wrap their head around. Look at the picture of these two dogs. Do you really think that their skeletons have the exact same bone size? Of course not. One has tiny bones, the other has big bones. It’s just how it works.


Now let’s talk about all those human skeletons we always see. They do in fact all look exactly the same. There is a reason for that, which is because they aren’t real bones. These are typically mass produced from a cast. They aren’t real bones, they are some sort of plaster. Long story short, they all look the same, because they are mass produced to look the same, for the purpose of commercial distribution.

In reality, every person is different. Do you think JJ Watt who stands something like 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs like 255 pounds, has the same bone size as say, Paris Hilton who is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs only 115 pounds?

JJ Watt paris-hilton-2015-grammy-awards-in-los-angeles_1

I mean come on, the answer to that should be obvious. But just in case it’s not, let’s find out from a doctor – a real doctor!

Claudette Lajam, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says … 

Within the range of normal, some people’s bones have a bigger circumference than others’ relative to their respective heights. These people are, indeed, bigger boned. There’s a quick test to determine if you have a small, medium or large frame.

All you have to do is measure your wrist. For women between 5’ 2” and 5’ 5”, a circumference of 6.25” to 6.5” is considered medium. Anything below that is small; above that is large. For shorter women, the medium range is 5.5” to 5.57”, and for taller women, it’s 6.25” to 6.5”. 

So there you have it. While the fat on your body doesn’t really have anything to do with being “big boned”, there are in fact people who are big boned, while others have small bones.

This is of course, despite what Cartman from South Park may try and tell you … your bone size has nothing to do with how fat you are.


People come in all shapes and sizes and so do bones. So to say fat people made that up is just stupid. If you line up 10 women who are all exactly 5 foot tall, every single one of them will have different bone sizes.