Fat City (like New York City, for instance) to her and those like her: "A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there"
And I did NOT gorge myself on goodies to get to 40 pounds heavier than now. 80 or 100 pounds more than now, would be somewhat closer to that bit of truthiness ... at only 24, NOT an old lady of 34 ... her metabolism must be somewhere in the stratosphere!
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky
Find a way.
(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)
Thanks for posting your message and the link. Very thought provoking, especially the questions at the end. I think this teacher did something important for herself and her students. What is so difficult for those who have never been there (fat) or find it easy to lose and maintain a loss is the downward spiral effect of weight gain and self esteem loss.
Trina Hall gained 40 pounds on purpose after speaking to a colleague who did not exactly fit "the mold"
From one of my favorite news shows on ABC TV (Good Morning America had the recap):
"One of the biggest take homes from her experience, Hall admitted, is a greater empathy for those whose bodies don’t cooperate so easily, especially the students who soldier through their yoga practice despite the extra pounds. What she thought would be an experiment in teaching her friend, herself and others to love their bodies no matter what, wound up being a lesson in how hard it is to be trapped in a body that doesn’t fit into society’s preferred mold of thin perfection."
"Hall said she also understands her experiment might be interpreted as an attack on people who aren’t able to lose weight or maintain a certain figure. She knows her story will probably make some people angry, but that was absolutely not her intent.
" “I now have a firmer appreciation for students who work with extra pounds when they practice yoga and I see now it’s a completely different sensation,” she said. “I am a better teacher and a better human being as a result of this experiment.”
"So what do you think about Hall’s story? Was it a noble attempt at empathy or the fat suit equivalent of black face? "
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