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Fat Awareness Time

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I'm reading Health At Every Size right now. It got me thinking about all of the wonderful people I've known who are plus sized. The media wants to demonize fat and they try to portray fat people in the worst light possible, perpetuating the myth that being fat is quite possibly the worst thing to be. It's time to stop the madness. Before anyone starts saying being obese isn't healthy, I'll just counter that with being sedentary and having a diet of fast food/ convenience foods isn't healthy. I posted this on my Facebook page and I'd love to see more people of all sizes take a step back and say, "gee... my friend so-and-so is fat, but s/he's the most generous person I know." Being fat isn't the problem. The current perception of fat is the problem.
Fat awareness time: The media's rather negative view of fat people got me thinking about all of the wonderful people out there whose size is nothing compared to their kindness, love, dedication, and overall goodness. Feel free to post this and tell your friends about five (or more) plus sized people who have made a difference in your life.
ý1) Grandma Helen Lawrence. Yeah I only knew her for two years, but I know we're kindred spirits.
2) Joharah, and Ro-- proving that plus sized women can live full lives and look fantastic doing it!
3) Grandpa Lawrence and all of my Lawrence uncles: Let's face it-- without such tremendous examples of what real men are like I would never, ever have had a healthy relationship.
4) Amy J. and Amanda W. ...because without you two I would've quit dancing years ago (and Amanda B. for being so inspirational).
5) The lovely people from the size positive groups like Kelly Bliss and Rose Mary B. who showed me that it's far better to be a fat person living life than a person of any size letting life pass them by.
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  • STFY31
    Love it! Keep on dancing!!! :)
    3261 days ago
  • 183WANTS2B140
    What a great point of view emoticon
    3265 days ago
  • 183WANTS2B140
    What a great point of view emoticon
    3265 days ago
    Absolutely true! My friend finished that book and let me borrow it, but I haven't read much. But those are the points that people really DON'T understand... It isn't the weight (necessarily) that makes people more vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, etc.... I think it's the unhealthy habits that may have caused the weight (or the other way around). You CAN be obese and more fit than the "normal" sized person standing over there. Duh.

    Rock on,
    3270 days ago
  • no profile photo MRS_4EVER_AFTER
    Excellent blog! I personally am tired of media and the ppl that worship it, thinking that my size or my friends size makes us repulsive, lazy, sick, unhealthy, unworthy, stupid, and so forth. Ppl treat "size" as some disease that will infect and infest even the best people. It's time they realize that that's not the case.
    3270 days ago
  • KITT52
    You are so right how many regulas weight people do we know that are just unhappy nasty people..we have to learn to love our selves no matter what we weigh...
    Look at Oprah...
    3270 days ago
    What a positive blog! Lovely.
    3271 days ago
    Awesome, Laurie! You are right! Great blog!

    3271 days ago
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