- Personal Health Information & Self-Help
Are We Glorifying Obesity?
What is the line between obesity and self esteem?
Obesity is a huge problem in the United States and is continuing to grow. Many people are insecure about their weight, which has led to many projects promoting curves. What is the line between curves and being overweight? I think there is a big difference between being curvy and being heavy. I see pictures all of the Internet and Facebook groups celebrating being heavy or “having curves”. I always thought having curves meant you got assets, not being heavy. Real men like curves, is a popular statement but is this applied to obese women? We should strive to be the best we can be. While models may be pressured to be too thin, curves are meant to be appreciated in moderation. Obesity should not be glorified just to make people feel good about their bodies. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, but they should also be healthy.
There is nothing wrong with being plus sized, but there is a line between being plus sized and being obese and unhealthy. Glorifying being obese actually causes those people to settle with where they are. They probably wont try to lose weight and get healthier. Your size does not affect your beauty, but it DOES affect your health. Obesity is one of the top causes for death in the United States, nearly surpassing smoking. Children are even starting to become overweight at a very early age picking up on bad eating habits while being inactive. The bottom line is we shouldn’t be promoting obesity; we should be promoting healthy lives and a healthy weight. We can still have good self-esteem being overweight without glorifying our unhealthy bodies. We shouldn't settle with something we feel bad about. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but it should not be defined by our size.