You know what’s rad? Stores, restaurants, bars, theme parks, and other public spaces which are accessible for everyone — even those of us who take up space or call ourselves fat or otherwise like to not be squeezed into spaces which are only meant for a fraction of the population.
I stumbled upon an app called AllGo that is sort of like a Yelp but for rating accessibility for fat/plus size (you pick your terms!) people. If you are one of these people, these things will sound familiar: tables that aren’t bolted down so you can move them, chairs without arms so you’re not squished, wider aisles, space to move… you get the idea. If you’re a person of size (again, self-identify in the way you prefer!), it can be a minefield when you don’t know if you’ll be super uncomfortable during your time in public or not even able to get into a space at all. Just try to see if rides at theme parks will accommodate — it’s a huge gamble. Seeing reviews of a public place ahead of time can save a ton of unfair embarrassment and awkwardness.
It should also give an incentive to restaurants when accommodating more bodies can mean more business and happier patrons. The peace of mind in knowing what you’ll be encountering when you head out into the open (and sometimes tiny) world cannot be understated.
Sometimes these more accessible places are more accessible in general to disabled consumers as well. So that’s a bonus when you’re trying to vote with your money and support progressive and mindful businesses in your area.