I saw a #glorifyhappiness on my tumblr today. The person addressed a question she is often asked if her promoting body happiness is promoting obesity. Regardless of what she said in her post, it got me thinking. I have talked about this before, but when has that stopped me from writing about it again. I want to start off (for those that don’t know) saying that I am overweight/obese, so this is not coming from a “skinny all her life” person. I HATE some of these “Love your Body” campaigns because they tell people that they should love their bodies no matter what they look like. If you are obese you should not love your body.
Please do not try to tell me that an obese body is healthy. Obesity is not healthy. Ever. (unless there is some glandular problem I am unaware of) You are lying to yourself if you think it’s anything but unhealthy. Also, telling yourself that you are chubby, curvy, thick, etc. does not change anything. Mindy Kaling, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Lopez, these girls are chubby, curvy, thick.
If you want to love yourself I fully support and encourage that, but everyone should strive to be healthy. Does healthy mean Hollywood skinny? No, that notion is ridiculous. Does healthy mean a six pack and never eating junk food? Again, the answer is no. The definition of healthy is flexible, but obesity is never, and should never be, in anyone’s definition of healthy.
I am 5’9” and weigh approximately 260 pounds. I am seriously out of shape, but I wasn’t always. I used to run every night. I was never skinny, but I was healthy. Being overweight is something I have struggled with my whole life. I love myself, but I don’t love what I have done to my body. People should not love their fat. It shouldn’t be celebrated when an obese person says they love their bodies. They should in no way be shamed (there’s too much of that), but they should be encouraged to get a healthy mind and body.
I realize that people may get upset with my opinion, but I don’t care. Being obese should not be celebrated. It’s an epidemic that has gotten out of control under the guise of self-esteem. Don’t love your body, love your healthy body.
Well look at this fucking moron.
"I don’t care! I know stuff about things! Really! Since I’m fat I can tell other fat people how to feel about their fat!!!"
Nope. You don’t have the right to tell anyone how to feel about anything. Take care of yourself and your own self esteem before you start diagnosing other people with problems they don’t have.