More and more mainstream media coverage looks at body image in the context of what it means to be a normal, healthy size. Unfortunately, these stories are laced with the false assumption that if you are thin you’re healthy and if you’re fat you are not.
I know first hand that my size has nothing to do with the status of my health. Two years ago at 5 feet, I weighed 104 pounds. Despite looking healthy, 33% of my body was fat. My cholesterol was high and I couldn’t walk up a steep set of stairs without wheezing. I had no muscle mass.
Our motto at Adios, Barbie is: “We love you through thick and thin”. We believe that when you feel whole and complete, you are more likely to adopt habits like exercise, healthy eating, and supportive relationships simply because you find these activities nourishing. You’ll also be less likely to tear down others just to feel better about yourself.
Next time you judge a fat person because they must be less healthy than a thin one consider facts highlighted in the piece below.