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Are We Glorifying Obesity?

Updated on April 28, 2012

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.


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      Cynthia Hoover 3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Having struggled with maintaining my weight all my life, I do not think supporting the curvy movement has anything to do with being obese. Even at my pre-pregnancy weight of 215-220 I was healthy no cholesterol issues or anything. Although no one ever thought I was that heavy either, I carried it well, and had a fair amount of muscle mass too. So while I know obesity is a problem, you can still be on the heavier side and be healthy and active. Self esteem is important though. After having my Son I am now in a size 18 with an extra 40 lbs to loose, without self esteem I would dive head first into some triple chocolate chunk icecream everyday. Instead I find the positives and focus on improving myself. Everyone fancies something different though. At one point I was a little over 300 lbs due to a back injury and depression, yet I managed to drop over 100 lbs in a year. Being overweight is depressing stressful and embarassing for the person who is over weight. It is hard to talk about too. I think lack of self esteem and not wanting to talk about the issue with friends and family makes it worse. My fiance for example means well but brings home food that I avoid (icecream, candies etc) it is easy for him since he never gains. Theres a big picture here, it needs addressed but I do find that most people judge people by their weight before knowing the situation. Great article, voted up and interesting! A great conversation starter!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi sister Jessica, I totally "get" what you are saying. We shouldn't get complacent with unhealthy choices. In our society, I think that is a big problem. We have to find a balance; encouraging people to make better choices without praising bad choices. It's a "touchy" subject, but it had to be spoken of. I commend you for doing that and I hope you don't take any negative feedback personally. After all, everything that people say is merely a projection of their reality. Keep up the good work.

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      Just Ask Jess 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I did read all the comments but I thought you were directing it at me. You never wrote her name in your posts No need to be rude. As I said before. What is healthy is dependent on your shape.

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      Just Ask Jess 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I dont think promoting a size 2 is good either. I dont recall ever saying that I was promoting a size 2. I couldnt be a size 2 even if I was all bones cuz my hips are so big lol. People can be a size 2 and be healthy, it depends on your shape. I dont know where you are getting this from because I never even mentioned a size 2 in the whole article. My point is we shouldnt promote a size that is unhealthy just to make ourselves feel better.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up. I don't think that 'we' are glorifying obesity. That said, there are huge differences in what individuals find to be physically attractive in the opposite sex. A guy that I used to hike with found women with hairy legs to be particularly attractive. My attitude: To each his own.

      I think that you've hit the nail on the head: "What is the line between obesity and self esteem?" Most seriously overweight people would naturally gravitate towards a lifestyle that's healthful FOR THEM if they knew what that was, in the first place.

      Unfortunately, the mavens in the the Diet Industry don't know enough to be able to craft SUSTAINABLE individualized eating plans that work for everyone. And even if they did, they'd keep it a secret, because the truth would be bad for repeat business. It's become obvious that one-size-fits-all diets are counterproductive in the long term for the vast majority of overweight people.

      On the other hand, writers like Linda Moran and Karen Koenig are encouraging their readers to be realistic. Over the years, the approach that they advocate has acquired a few different names: the anti-diet, the non-diet, and intuitive eating. Here are some of the basic principles:

      •Eat when your body tells you that you're hungry, even if it's not 'time' to eat.

      •Eat satisfying food.

      •Stop eating when your body tells you that you've had enough.

      •Don't beat yourself up if you fall off a wagon that was created by someone else.

      I don't patronize facebook. However my educated guess is that these women have stumbled upon one of the four puzzle pieces. For them, it's a step in the right direction. And it's not really appropriate for us to pass judgment.

      I hope that they all progress to the other three puzzle pieces, and eventually master them. Of course, that doesn't happen overnight.

      It's necessary for some to come to grips with the emotional component of overeating. In general, it's necessary to learn to distinguish between real hunger signals and the false ones.

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      Daryl j. 5 years ago from Converse, TX

      Very good article! As a comment I would like to say that you are right on about pushing for a healthy living. As I said in an article, coincidently just wrote, the ultimate cause of obesity is our attitudes towards our personal health. Once that attitude is corrected we can then become healthier.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Awesome topic. Great hub. I so agree with you. While a few pounds on your body won't hurt much, a size 22 is definitely not "glorious" in any way for their health. I don't think promoting being a size 2 is healthy either, which can cause the opposite problems of anorexia.

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