aka:Â My Big Fat Skepchickal Dillema
I would like to lose 35 pounds. I know you can’t tell it from my avatar, but I’m not actually thin. According to my BMI, I’m borderline obese. Frankly, that’s a crock. I’m chubby, not fat. My weight has been stable for almost a decade, so you’d think I’d be used to it by now. But I still worry about my health, and to be honest, I liked the way I looked better when I was thin. (Of course, I was also 20 years younger at the time, so that could contribute to looking better.)
My question for the day is: Should we accept being fat as normal and even healthy?
There’s a movement of “fat acceptance” going around (believe it or not, there is a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance), in reaction to alleged discrimination against fat people. The movement says that being fat is not unhealthy. Read the info below the fold and then weigh in with your opinion.
Here’s a quote from an interview with plus-size model, Velvet D’Amour:
The general reason one gets as to why there is not more representation of curvier folks within modern media is that inclusion would be equivalent to acceptance, and acceptance would then equal condoning, which would mean they support alleged ill health. The odd dichotomy is that whilst people like myself are banned due to the purported notion we will somehow ‘promote’ being unhealthy, we are besieged with media saturated with imagery of Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan. How these women represent good health is somewhat beyond me.
Fat is so much where it’s at that a couple of very popular knitting books full of patterns for “big girls” have come out over the past couple of years.
Big Girl Knits features twenty-five unique patterns for women size 14 and up. From flattering pullovers and sexy tees to sleek skirts and fun accessories, this book is overflowing with options for knitting up an entire wardrobe to compliment your shapely shape.
Part knitting instruction, part fashion guide, Big Girl Knits is packed with expert advice to help you make the most of the three Bs: Boobs, Belly, and Butt. All the garments and accessories featured in the book are proportioned to fit and flatter a big girl’s body.
I don’t eat fast food or drink soda; I walk three miles most mornings; in good months do additional exercise three days a week. My blood pressure and cholesterol are normal. But I don’t want to have to think of myself as plus size or a big girl.
I certainly don’t hate fat people (except, sometimes, my chubby self), nor do I think the overweight should be discriminated against. But I don’t want to accept being fat, I want to get off my fat ass and lose 35 pounds. I can’t help thinking that the idea that being fat is normal and healthy is just stupid. What do you think?