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I recently stumbled upon this blog “The Body Love Blog” where a young lady posted the bikini pose of her big body with fuming comments about what other people have told about her body. I am sorry for what she has gone through and I strongly object anyone who mock at obese people. You can of course provide constructive feedback and help. This blog post triggered a series of thoughts and I dug a little into the fat world and found that a lot of activities are going on which I am not aware of.
Fat Acceptance, Fat Liberation, Fat Activism, Fat Power Movement, Fat Feminism etc. There is even an association formed, way back in 1967 - NAFFA - “National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance” - which fights the discrimination due to size. There are contention within the Fat Acceptance community itself. Some fat activists define Fat Acceptance as fighting for equal rights, opportunities and freedom from social stigma, whilst remaining open to the pursuit of weight reduction. Other fat activists define Fat Acceptance more strictly, applying that phrase only to fat people who are not trying to lose weight.
Great. But, Why do we react so much to the symptoms (discrimination), but not to the core issue (being overweight)?
I have only one question.
Why is that I never met an obese/overweight person who eats a well balanced food with lots of raw veggies, greens and fruits, who follows a regular exercise routine and sleeps at least 8 hrs a day?.
Surprise!. There is no one.
Isn’t your body size, the direct output of your life style?.
I am not just talking about fad diets. I am not just talking about rigorous workout regime. I am talking about everything you do with your life. Your life style.
Changing your life style to an healthy one, will change your body to its healthy weight.
Maintaining a healthy weight can be summarized in two sentences.
Everybody knows that. But, why many people are not willing to put in the extra effort required to shed those extra pounds.
Its their personal choice. Who am I to comment?.
Right. I am writing this post, just to understand the reason behind it. Could this be the reason?. May be…
I don’t think so. At least, I did not like being fat when I was overweight. For a while, lets forget reality. Lets assume few scenarios.
If I tell FA people, “Give me $100. I will turn you into a curvy voluptuous female forever. You don’t have to anything”. How many FA people will give me $100. I guess everyone. No one is going to tell me, “Fuck off. I love being fat”.
Even if I increase the amount to $1000, I don’t expect much of a difference, except that poor people will take time to earn that money.
Instead, if I tell them, “Give me 1 hr of your time and let me control your food plate, everyday. I will turn you into a healthy person. You just have to do what I say”. How many would opt for that offer?. I don’t expect many, except the few individuals who want to shed their weight, more than anything else in their life.
Am I saying that fat people do not have the urge or the will-power to change to the better version of themselves?.
No. I am not. Its a very basic human tendency to stay in the comfort zone and 95% of the worlds population does that, irrespective of their size.
All they need is a consistent source of inspiration and encouragement to improve their health.
Yes and No.
Yes. It is good for a healthy person to accept the overweight/obese person, just like us. It helps to foster a collaborative, encouraging environment for obese people to think about changing their lifestyle.
No. Its not good to accept & love your obese body. Be discontent with your body and make every possible effort to make your body perfectly healthy. By healthy, I mean the real healthy body. Not the anorexic, size zero thin bodies.
Encouraging an obese person to be happy with their body is actually encouraging them to stay un-healthy. - Unknown
A little bit. Soon after marriage, I became overweight, on the verge of being classified as obese (based on BMI). I did not like my body and I took every possible effort to reduce my weight. You can read the complete story here, 5 Months of Raw Vegan Experiment.
The first picture - when I went to gym regularly, ate a well balanced diet with protein supplements and regular sleeping pattern.
The second picture - when I DID NOT go to gym, ate all possible junk foods and watched too much TV.
The third picture - when I was raw vegan, eating only raw foods and no physical exercises (for an experiment).
I am the same person. But three different lifestyles of mine, results in three different body sizes. When I can reverse my body, why cant you?.