Read an article in Verily Magazine, normally I love the magazine and their positive articles. But one article in particular attempted to be positive but wasn’t. The title was “Here’s a Good Reason to Stop Trying to Get Thin.” Ok yes I think that no matter what your size you should own what you got. But the next line is the one that bothered me. “Health is one thing. No body fat is another.”
What?! Maybe I’m reading this wrong but it seems like you’re saying that no body fat=not healthy. You can be healthy with no body fat. You can be healthy with some body fat. Only your doctor can tell you if you are healthy or not.
Here are some more quotes from the article:
“In other words, you are not a failure for not having a thigh gap. More to the point: You are most likely not supposed to have a thigh gap.”
But what about women who don’t have a thigh gap, are they unhealthy then? Should I be trying to change my body to have a thigh gap?
“Female athletes who train too hard and don’t eat enough are at risk of not producing enough estrogen and can stop menstruating as a result (which may cause women to lose bone mass, too)”
Not all female athletes train too hard and starve themselves. There are plenty of female athletes who train (because it is part of their jobs) but eat right with the help of nutritionists. Yes there are ones who do but maybe say some female athletes train too hard and don’t eat enough but if you do it correctly you can be a female athlete and be healthy. But the ones who do train to hard and eat enough do it because there are society pressures to look a certain way. I see them all the time but I think that instead of this body acceptance movement that is going around have a new body acceptance movement where you don’t say anything negative about someone’s weight at all. No matter what they look like.
I’ve heard people throughout my life mention my weight, less now because finally I look like a women and not a child. Things like: you look like a boy, eat a sandwich, you look sickening, don’t you ever eat?, and, my personal favorite, when I decided to eat a salad that one time people say no wonder you are so skinny. Because all I do is eat salads all day and count my calories.
Society has been starting this body acceptance movement. Which is an amazing thing to do. Society has never been very nice to heavier set girls and they need something positive. But some of their “body acceptance” are tearing some women down. Songs like All About that Bass with lyrics like, “Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size. She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night.” It should be boys like you for who you are and not what you look like, if they do you should leave them because you don’t want that in your life.” Excuse my attempt to write song lyrics. Or “I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny b-words that.”
But then she says, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” You know unless you happen to be naturally skinny.
Instead of putting skinny women down we should be lifting everyone up. That song would have been so much better if instead of putting down skinny women and saying that men like booty the song talks about how all women no matter their size are perfect the way they are and men should love you for who you are and not what you look like. But that’s another post for another day.