Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I'm reading Health At Every Size right now. It got me thinking about all of the wonderful people I've known who are plus sized. The media wants to demonize fat and they try to portray fat people in the worst light possible, perpetuating the myth that being fat is quite possibly the worst thing to be. It's time to stop the madness. Before anyone starts saying being obese isn't healthy, I'll just counter that with being sedentary and having a diet of fast food/ convenience foods isn't healthy. I posted this on my Facebook page and I'd love to see more people of all sizes take a step back and say, "gee... my friend so-and-so is fat, but s/he's the most generous person I know." Being fat isn't the problem. The current perception of fat is the problem.
Fat awareness time: The media's rather negative view of fat people got me thinking about all of the wonderful people out there whose size is nothing compared to their kindness, love, dedication, and overall goodness. Feel free to post this and tell your friends about five (or more) plus sized people who have made a difference in your life.
ý1) Grandma Helen Lawrence. Yeah I only knew her for two years, but I know we're kindred spirits.
2) Joharah, and Ro-- proving that plus sized women can live full lives and look fantastic doing it!
3) Grandpa Lawrence and all of my Lawrence uncles: Let's face it-- without such tremendous examples of what real men are like I would never, ever have had a healthy relationship.
4) Amy J. and Amanda W. ...because without you two I would've quit dancing years ago (and Amanda B. for being so inspirational).
5) The lovely people from the size positive groups like Kelly Bliss and Rose Mary B. who showed me that it's far better to be a fat person living life than a person of any size letting life pass them by.