There’s so much “Fat acceptance” propaganda out there that is urging people to be happy that they are fat. To love their bodies. Well, if the people that are spreading this message are really wanting people to love their bodies, then why are they encouraging them to be unhealthy, and stay that way?
Before we go on, let me stress that there is a difference between someone that is of a healthy weight, and someone that is of an unhealthy weight. People of a healthy weight can still be a few pounds over what is considered to be the correct body weight for their type.
How much overweight can you be before it’s considered unhealthy? I’m not sure. But, my point here is that the whole Fat Acceptance rally is blurring the lines between healthy and unhealthy fat people, and they shouldn’t be lumped into the same group. It’s encouraging all obese people, and all moderately to very overweight people to complain that they are being discriminated against, and people should accept them the way they are, and that they should just learn to love their bodies.
The POINT THAT THEY ARE MISSING, is that being more than just a few pounds overweight is UNHEALTHY!! They don’t realize that it’s not just about physical appearance. It’s about treating your body with respect, not your mind. If you’re ignoring the fact that you’ve created a grotesque body, and you constantly have to convince yourself that it is fine the way it is, then your ego is getting in the way of you living a life full of energy, vibrance, and longevity.
If you really want to love your body and be proud of it, then why would you want to treat it in such a horrible way? Why would you insist on never changing your mindset? If you were to decide that you don’t like the way you look, and you wanted to start treating your body better, in the eye’s of the fat people that preach “fat acceptance”, they would say you have given up the fight. I would say that you have just begun the fight.
The following is a quote from someone that recently came to a realization about themselves. I think it sums up my points perfectly:
My body is the physical manifestation of my ego. My body is a physical misconception of who I am. My association with my form has been an illusion, or delusional, my whole life. This association has not allowed me to love my body, or myself, at all. I have been waiting to live for 41 years. Waiting to lose weight to begin being happy. What a waste of precious time. When I became aware of this, it was like someone pulled me aside, out of my head and said, “look at you, you are not this body, you are beautiful”. I suddenly was able to find calm with regard to my appearance and not feel so shameful and self-conscious. This realization has actually made me feel like I want to nourish my body and treat it with respect.
If you’ve been caught up in the downward spiral of self-loathing, and you haven’t had the moment of clarity that this person has, then you need to seek out some inspiration. If it’s putting photos of fat people on your fridge, or reading books about nutrition (NOT diet books), joining an online community and talking with other fatties with the same goals that you have, or getting a fat friend to workout with you and count calories with, find something that changes your way of thinking.
Then you need to ask yourself: What’s keeping me from being and looking healthy? I’m definitely not saying that being skin and bones looks healthy, but i’m sure you can find a healthy medium between that and THIS.