It took me a while to decide to lose weight again. And even now it’s a totally utilitarian choice* & I feel the need to make that clear.
One: I am not giving in to the pressure that women must be thin to be beautiful.
Granted, many people look better thinner and I am admittedly one of them. That is beside the point. I find it sad that we’re judged on how we look. I would like to be a good example of someone being more than how they look.
Two: I don’t necessarily buy into the myth that people must be thin to be healthy & fit.
I think a heavy person can eat right & exercise & be perfectly healthy. And there are skinny people that do neither & are definitely not fit. I’m sure I’m not saying anything earth-shattering here.
Now, that said, I still don’t buy into the whole “fat-acceptance” movement. I think it is dangerous to promote or even glamorize being heavy since being overweight is associated with many diseases – here’s a list of 20.
My opinion: Our health is our own issue, whether we’re skinny or fat. You can’t look at someone & tell how healthy they are. And why should someone in just normal life be judged on that anyway?
Bottom line: Why don’t we just work on “people-acceptance” and forget the weight, color, race, sex, sexual orientation and all the other things we judge people on?
*This post started as a post on WHY I finally decided to lose weight, not on the reasons I am not doing it for. Another post to come soon on why I finally made the decision.