I keep seeing people post pictures of “real womens’ bodies” and glorifying in that.
I’m all for feeling good about one’s body, but only if you have good reason. There’s no escaping the fact that there are also a bunch of fat people who haven’t looked after themselves in there. Maybe feeling bad is a very sensible feedback mechanism to encourage health?
Or should we have a montage of drug ravaged people, too, and celebrate their strength and tenacity? Because this is what real people look like, too.
We certainly do glorify a certain body type, and yes childbirth is a shocker, yes modern lifestyles make it difficult, but you know what else people on magazines have in common? They’re eat healthily, exercise, and certainly appear less likely to smoke and drink.
Most recent re-posting which triggered this little burst: The Militant Baker: EXPOSE: SHEDDING LIGHT ON COLLECTIVE BEAUTY.
UPDATE 26 Aug 2015 (after some facebook chatter):
This fad for saying that “everyone’s amazing just the way they are” is killing people.
Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese. 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013. Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood.
Obesity is preventable.
What are common health consequences of overweight and obesity?
- cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), which were the leading cause of death in 2012;
- musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis – a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints);
- some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).
This is what people SHOULD (yes, should) do:
- limit energy intake from total fats and sugars;
- increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts;
- engage in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day for children and 150 minutes per week for adults).
And a way to break people out of this non-judgemental cultural meme is to tell it like it is: being fat is unhealthy, probably going to make your death premature and miserable, you’re consuming more than your fair share of resources whilst your alive, and keeping you alive is a selfish drain on limited health resources. Don’t take Diet Coke break, take a break from the Diet Coke and go for a walk.
Source for stats: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/