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We live in a society that would have you believe there's only one perception of a healthy body: thin and toned. Because of this belief, fat people are shamed and are constantly under attack to change their bodies to fit what is considered a standard, thinner body type.

However, we're also fortunate to have people who are opening up the conversation about what it means to have diverse body types. These Latinas have fought back against everything that they were taught about their bodies. Here, they talk about what their fat means to them and why they identify as fat.

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Editor's note: These interviews have been lightly edited for length and clarity.