In this case, “LOL” stands for living out loud and getting the last laugh. LOLfats attempt to reclaim our decapitated (or, in this case, faceless) images.
I find it particularly ironic that what some bigots grant fat women as their only “saving grace” — their pretty faces — is always omitted from media coverage of fat. As in the previous LOLfats, I found this image by Googling “obesity epidemic.”
“Fatophobia” as a term bothers me because I can see too well where the fat haters argue that it is right/correct/moral to fear fat. I’m not sure “fatism” has caught on, although I use it sometimes. I definitely think the “-ism/-ist” construction most connotes the idea of unjust discrimination.
Jumping off from “misogynist,” I was wondering about coining a word like “misaleiphist” based on the Greek aleipha for “fat.” Was also batting around “misadiposist,” but “adipose” is derived from the Latin. So it’s not a parallel for the Greek gyne of “misogynist.”
While I was checking that I had my etymology straight, I thought I’d peek at the entry for “fat” at the Online Etymology Dictionary. Some of it sounds quite positive actually:
O.E. fætt, originally a contracted pp. of fættian “to cram, stuff,” from P.Gmc. *faitaz “fat” (cf. O.N. feitr, Du. vet, Ger. feist), from PIE *poid- “to abound in water, milk, fat, etc.” (cf. Gk. piduein “to gush forth”), from base *poi- “sap, juice” (cf. Skt. payate “swells, exuberates,” Lith. pienas “milk,” Gk. pion “fat, wealthy,” L. pinguis “fat”). Fig. sense of “best or most rewarding part” is from 1570; teen slang meaning “attractive, up to date” (also later phat) is attested from 1951. Fat cat “privileged and rich person” is from 1928; fat chance “no chance at all” attested from 1906. Fathead is from 1842; fat-witted is from 1596; fatso is first recorded 1944.