We are all different sizes. I wish society would just get over it!
One of my favourite bloggers, Screaming Fat Girl, often talks about the difficulty of living in a country (unnamed) where fat people are downright despised. One of her readers, emmabovary, recently commented on the pain she feels for her overweight teenage daughter, specifically because she lives in France--a country where women are constantly reminded that fat is intrinsically bad and thin is intrinsically good.
In fact, I remember being in Paris in my twenties, when I weighed significantly less than I do today, and being chastised about my weight by the woman whom I was paying to give me a facial. It's a cultural thing: in France, this is not considered an insult. It's the truth and you'd better just
face up to it and do something about it, you fat cow.
Well, I'm just sick of this. I'm not sick of doing the best I can to live in a healthy body and develop a healthy mindset towards life. I'm simply heartily sick of being told that there is only one kind of body type that is acceptable and healthy and that body is "fat free". Because it's not.
People are looking for easy solutions. It's easier to adopt the attitude that slim = healthy. It's harder to understand/accept that a slim person might be a smoker, drink to excess and subsist on Twinkies. We don't know what's going on inside her body. Or that a chunkier woman walks several kilometres to work every day, eats well, has fantastic lung capacity and lots of muscle.
Sometimes, seeing is not believing.
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