The sexual attraction to fat, over-weight, or obese people, for example, BBW (Big Beautiful Women). This describes most people, but not all who identify as being part of the feedism community. Some people are more flexible with their fetish and can feel sexual attraction to all types of bodies but would prefer an over-weight partner, while others only feel attraction to fat people.
Gaining and Feeding
Gaining, where sexual gratification is obtained from the process of gaining or helping others gain body fat. For some people, this gratification can be obtained through role-playing weight gain while other people do it for real.
An Encourager or a Feeder is a person of any sex who gets sexual gratification from making someone else, their feedee, gain weight. This role could be a dominant one where the feeder in some cases force-feed their feedee (often this is role-playing). The feeder could also be the submissive in the relationship where the feedee uses them as sort of a feeding slave.
A Gainer or a Feedee is a person of any sex who gets sexual gratification from gaining weight often with help of a feeder, a person who helps them gain this weight. This role could be a dominant one where the feedee uses their feeder as a feeding slave. The role could also be a submissive one where the feedee is force-fed by the feeder.
An Admirer is a person who gets sexual gratification from seeing another person gain weight but isn't necessarily themselves a feeder. This person might experience someone else's weight gain online or as role-play.
If for some reason the at least one of the persons involved do not want to gain weight (for example if a feeder has a partner who doesn't feel the sexual gratification of feedism at all), a person might want to role-play instead. This includes stuffing with food or bloating the belly to make it appear bigger. It can also include padding clothes or just pretending that one or both people are a lot heavier than they actually are.
Stuffing and Bloating
Eating enormous amounts of food, drinking large quantities of liquid, or inflating with air to make one's stomach swell. This sexual gratification could come from someone doing this themselves or seeing someone else do it. It's unknown what causes the actual sexual attraction here. For some people, it is the feeling of extreme fullness or pain. Others like the swelling of the belly or the sounds of the digestive system during or afterward.
This could be seen as a form of role-play to the gaining and feeding aspect of the feederism umbrella, but a lot of people who are interested in stuffing or bloating doesn't like weight gain at all or are at least not interested in it themselves.
The bloating process could happen in many different ways, here are just a few:
- Eating food
- Drinking liquid
- Making a chemical reaction inside the stomach (for example using coke and mentos)
- Swallowing Air
- drinking a warm can of sprite and eating a banana
- Water Enema (pumping in water through the anus)
- Air Pump (pumping in air through the anus)
History and Culture
The fat fetishism flag is a horizontally striped field, with five equally spaced stripes. From top to bottom: black, pink (strawberry) [E0167F], cream (french vanilla) [FFF9BD], brown (chocolate) , and black again. The colours are a play on Neopolitan ice cream, each colour representing a distinct aspect of the fetish. Created by Kevin Seguin, also known as 'The Cosmopolitan', as a symbol of the fat fetishism community.
Vanilla is represented by the French vanilla colored stripe on the flag. It is the flavor of Fat and Belly Worship. Strawberry is represented by the pink stripe on the flag. It is the flavor of Fat Roleplay, and by extension, it is one of the most diverse. Inflation, Bloating, Stuffing, Padding, and even Vore can be represented by this flavor, as well as many of the other creative expressions of roleplay and sensory activities that simulate certain physiological/psychological states. Chocolate is represented by the brown stripe. It is the flavor of Weight Gain, Encouragement, and Feederism.
The black stripes on the top and bottom not only frame the Neapolitan colors, but represent other fetishes that fat fetishists often incorporate, including those from BDSM and Leather, and many more. The heart symbol ties in not only the meaning of the flag colors, but it is also respectful of the history of fetish flags dating back to the original leather fetish flag (and those that it spawned) - In the end, this is all about love and affection.
A lot of the information is from my own personal experience from the community so I just included sources for the more specific mentions in this article.