Each one of these women is an Olympic athlete. Let’s challenge the notion that thinness is the only indicator of health and fitness. Unless you have the build for it, exercise won’t magically make you a size 2, but it will make you stronger.
I was indirectly taught to hate my body… even at my lightest, I was not happy because it was never enough.
Now that I am actually overweight, who KNOWS how they view me, I really don’t want to know. But one thing I DO know, I will never EVER make my daughters feel like crap because they’re “fat”. There’s no weight talk, there’s no race talk, there’s no violence talk in this home.
It is none of my damn business if a random 400-pound (or 150-pound, or 90-pound) woman is healthy or not. Just as it’s none of my business how much money she makes or how her sex life is going. Health is private. Period.
What I do believe – and what I feel perfectly qualified to proclaim from the rooftops - is that every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be treated with respect, deserves to feel loved, deserves to make her own decisions about her own body. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to have a fabulous time exploring her personal style and honing her unique look. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size can define health for herself. And, above all, every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be happy. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size CAN be happy. And anyone who claims that happiness is contingent on weight is foolish and misguided, prejudiced and small-minded.
I’m not interested in quantifying the health of other women. I’m not qualified to make decrees about the health of other women. But I’m making it my life’s work to make sure that other women are happy. Happy with their lives, their bodies, their very existences.
Because happiness trumps everything, and we all deserve a piece of it. ALL of us. Including you.