A few weeks ago, I read an article in Glamour by Jess Weiner, who is considered an expert in the field of body acceptance and self-love. Weiner, who has herself consistently maintained a size 18, has appeared on Oprah and writes numerous articles for Seventeen magazine. Her position has always been that you can be beautiful at any size.
However, after an encounter with an arguably offensive audience member, Weiner realized that she couldn’t remember the last time she’d been to a doctor to evaluate her health.
So she scheduled an appointment, during which her doctor confirmed that she was approaching a pre-diabetic level, had high cholesterol and low triglycerides, etcetera. It was then that she decided to take off weight.
But even Weiner soon became preoccupied with the number on the scale, even when her health improved, and indeed still wants to lose another thirty pounds, in addition to the twenty-five she has already lost.
The question here is if loving your body at any size can be dangerous. If you’re obese, should loving your body be a reason to stay that way?
In my view, obesity is not okay – not because it’s aesthetically unappealing, but because it is USUALLY correlated with poor health. I know I’ll get a lot of comments saying that heavy doesn’t always equal poor health, and skinny doesn’t always equal healthy. I completely agree. But for most people, if you’re overweight (and I’m not talking just twenty pounds here), that’s something to really take a step back and look at.
The bottom line, though, is that beauty at any size should not be an excuse for unhealthy habits. And it’s also important to realize that this message isn’t that you shouldn’t lose weight out of shame, or because you hate the way you look. It’s okay to like your body, but to recognize you need to lose weight for yourself, for your health and well-being.
What do you think of Jess Weiner’s turn-about on body image and weight loss? [via Glamour]