Stop Sugar-Coating Obesity

Yes Megan Trainer, it’s perfectly normal to not be a “size two” in clothing. It’s okay to have a booty and sure, some boys prefer curvy women.

I’d love to talk about why “All About That Bass” is skinny-shaming women (“Go ahead and tell those skinny bitches that” being from the song) I think I should talk about a, well, bigger issue here.

Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of positive body campaigns, which I absolutely love. But I’ve also been seeing something that’s becoming a bit of a problem.

It’s wonderful if you love yourself and your body, it really is. But I’ve been seeing obesity become, well, sugar coated. Society, or at least some parts of it, has begun to downplay this serious issue (and yes, obesity IS a serious issue). Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause for death in Canada. So why are we acting like it’s no big deal anymore?

It’s okay to be a size twelve and no one’s going to tell you otherwise (and if they do, they suck). But when your diet consists of fast food and Nutella and when you can’t see your feet and when you’re out of breath from just walking, we have an issue.

I recently saw a photo online of a morbidly obese woman posing nude with the words” I’m beautiful, and so are you” written on her body. She’s not beautiful; she’s sick, and so are you if you look like that.

I understand that sometimes medicines or mental disorders cause weight gain, which is why I think it’s important that we stop paying attention to our weight in general and start focussing on having a positive BMI (Body Mass Index). Even then, our main goal when it comes to our bodies is to be HEALTHY, not skinny.

So no, I’m not going to lie and say everyone is beautiful. I’m going to look at you and immediately know that you hate yourself by mistreating your body if you’re 500 lbs and cannot walk. It’s never too late for you to become healthy, but some people have given up on account of these seemingly helpful posters glorifying obesity.

That being said, curves are beautiful. Being thin is beautiful. Being a skeleton is not beautiful, and this is why body image radicalization goes both ways. Thigh gaps are NOT a necessity, they are a thing some people are born with and others are not. If you have a high metabolism, beautiful. If you skip meals and shove your finger down your throat after you eat because you want to be society’s definition of pretty, that’s NOT beautiful.

Moral of this rant: be healthy. I don’t care how you do it, just be healthy.

EDIT: I would just like to clarify that OVERWEIGHT and OBESE are NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME THING. People who are overweight, especially those who cannot help it, are just regular people. Also, regardless of how you look or what you weight, so long as you are trying your HARDEST TO BE HEALTHY, then I think you’re beautiful. i’m only trying to call out people who are actively hurting themselves through obesity. Furthermore, I’m NOT condoning the calling out or mocking of obese people.

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