In the news and media, we all too often here about fat shaming, body acceptance and all sorts of other body image controversies. Society today is full of endless pressure to conform to the norm. We’re told how we should look, yet we’re not told why.
Perhaps you’ll recall the incident with Fit Mom Maria Kang, who was banned from Facebook for supposedly telling people that being fat is bad. Well, the painful truth is that it is. To her credit, Maria’s intentions are to educate people to make better decisions.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those who are overweight. In fact, I still struggle with ongoing weight issues of my own. It’s just the mere fact that obesity is more than just that unwanted belly fat or double chin. Obesity is a very clear-indicator of poor health.
I’m an advocate for getting in shape, because I believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to live a healthy and happy life.
The Problem With Obesity
Sodas, chips, candies, pizzas and burgers. It’s no wonder we’re living in a world facing a growing obesity epidemic. Interestingly, it’s a *huge* problem that only popped up in the last 50 years or so, compared to the millions of years back to when our earliest ancestors first popped out of the ooze.
Much of this is attributed to the rise of fast food and other manufactured food products. Pretty much everything you buy in a grocery store that comes in a box, bag or package has been specially developed using the latest in science and technology to make sure that it is addictive as well as cheap to produce.
Couple this with the typical person’s lazy and sedentary lifestyle of sitting in front of the TV, in a cubicle at work for eight or more hours and in the long car ride home, most aren’t getting enough exercise or activity in to help offset the excess calories.
Just because you can’t see (or feel) what’s going on on the inside of your body, obesity is a disease that leads to a whole host of other health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks or even death.
Fat Shaming Is Bad, Helping Others Is Good
We all struggle with body issues. Some people think they’re too skinny, some people think they’re too fat. All of the negative comments that trolls leave on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube really don’t help the matter.
Check out the video below, in which the (already attractive) actress “photoshops” herself to conform to a supposedly ideal physique.
If you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror begrudgingly pinching and pulling your fat, then you can probably relate. The video really helps to illustrate just how painful and depressing it can be to deal with the pressures we feel from society to look a certain way.
Now, this is a controversial topic. And some people will disagree. However, there is a big difference between fat shaming, which by definition is to make others feel less about themselves through teasing, mocking or bullying, and empowering and encouraging people by helping to make them aware of the many adverse effects that obesity has on their health and wellbeing.
It’s fine to be comfortable in your skin, but it’s important to understand that you are literally hurting yourself even if you don’t feel immediate pain. Being overweight and failing to take care of one’s body is like a twisted form of sado-masochism. That cheeseburger, fries and milkshake you had last night is doing damage to the insides of your body as we speak.
We don’t like to watch others hurt themselves through drugs, cutting themselves or even anorexia type eating disorders, so, why are we pushing so hard for society to be so accepting of those who are obese?
We are responsible for our own happiness and owe it to ourselves as well as the ones we love to be healthy, get in shape and live long-lasting, fulfilling lives. Not only should we look after ourselves, but we should do what we can to help others.
Inspire Change In Yourself And In Others
The pressures of today’s society emphasizes appearance more than anything. However, because we’re informed about how our bodies work, we know that the underlying importance is that being overweight is a symptom of much larger health issues internally. We should be helping others to understand the implications, rather than simply telling them that being fat is bad, which does nothing to motivate change.
Going from one end of the spectrum to the other, from fat to fit, I’ve learned to see things differently. The desire to be healthy helps me to stay active and far outweighs the desire for fast foods and other junk. It’s possible to make positive changes, to feel good and to look great. Eat well and exercise often, and the body will come with it.
What body image issues do you struggle with and how have you been able to overcome them? Have you been fat shamed in the past? Be sure to share your experience in the comments down below!