Post # 16
Health should always be our goal, but I’m with you FutureMrsHolmes!!!! We women should stick together! Beauty is visible and invisible. My physical body doesn’t dictate my value as a person. Do I want to be healthier? Yes, but in the meantime I’m not going to withhold love for myself. Thank you for your efforts FutureMrsHolmes, it did not go unnoticed!
Post # 18
It really bugs me when people assume that plus size=unhealthy. The fact is, an obese person who eats a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, gets adequate exercise, drinks in moderation or not at all, doesn’t smoke, and wears a seat belt is a lot healthier than an average weight person who doesn’t do those things. It is impossible for most obese people to get down to and maintain a non-obese weight, but it is perfectly possible for an obese person to practice those other healthy habits. Yet so many assume that it’s perfectly okay to make negative assumptions about the health habits of a woman who is obese, without making similar negative assumptions about a woman of average weight who practices unhealthy habits. And meanwhile, men (of any weight) seldom face such negative comments, even though excess weight is in fact more unhealthy for them than for women.
And does all this fat-shaming actually make women healthier? No. In fact, women who are shamed for their body weight are less likely to see their doctors, go to the gym, or make other healthy choices, because they fear such actions will expose them to more shaming.
Everyone, regardless of size, should strive for more healthy choices. But making negative assumptions about a woman due to her weight is not the way to achieve that goal.