A increasing number of large women promote the slogan “big is beautiful” and at least some men seem to agree. But should being overweight be supported, if it means having health problems and shortening life span?
From Extreme To Extreme
The other day I wrote an article about the image of overly thin women that is being fed to us by the media. As I was writing it, I realized that the other extreme and the idea of ” Big Is Beautiful” seem to be just as wildly popular.
Before I start to analyze that concept, I would like to say that being too skinny is also very unhealthy and I am definitely a supporter of meat and muscle. On the magazines and runways we see women who are in a big need of a good meal. But we also see plenty of programs on TV that tell us to embrace being big.
When Plus Size Models Argue
The scenario that got under my skin was two plus size models. One of them was a size 10, looking healthy and very proportionate to her body. The other was a size 14 and she definitely looked very overweight and not so healthy. The healthy looking model was telling her story and her struggles with weight. She also said she lost about 50 lbs and now is finally happy with how she feels about her self.
Then the two models started arguing who should take the job. The size 14 model said that she deserved the job because she was a truly plus size model and she doesn’t think it’s right to give the job to the other model because she wasn’t “embracing” being big and that she herself loves being big, that this was her natural size, she didn’t want to lose weight because “big is beautiful”. She also added that she works out on a regular basis and eats healthy foods in small portions throughout the day.
You see, this is where I had a hard time believing her words, because her waistline was the biggest part of her body and, in my opinion, she looked extremely unhealthy. To be honest, I don’t think it’s possible to workout on a regular basis and eat small portions of healthy foods and be a size 14 – I simply don’t believe it can physically be done.
I also don’t believe it’s healthy for younger generations to think that it’s ok to be so overweight and embrace it. In my opinion, people who say that “big is beautiful” don’t truly believe in their own words. I’ve seen the expressions on those women’s faces, they don’t look as happy as they say they are. What I don’t understand is why there is such a need to lie to our selves as well as others. I guess it’s easier to say, “embrace being big ” instead of saying: “Yes I am overweight, and I struggle and it’s not healthy “.
What Do You Think?
It may be beautiful in some people’s eyes, but it’s definitely not healthy. I would like to remind you that being overweight causes high blood pressure, elevation of bad cholesterol, elevated blood glucose, heart disease that could lead to heart attack or heart failure, different forms of cancer, reduced immune function, etc, and these are just few of the symptoms. So why in the world would some people promote the beauty of being overweight? Is this the example that we should show to our children? Should we just tell them it’s in their genetics and let them accept that?
I personally stand for creating a healthy future for upcoming generations, because from what I’m seeing so far it’s not looking very good. People seem to run from one extreme to the other. I think instead of promoting “big is beautiful” or “skinny is beautiful” we should focus on a healthy life style in general, such as choosing the right foods, learning more variations of physical activity and keeping active overall.
Do you think it’s OK to accept being overweight and proclaim that it’s beautiful?