I understand the importance of promoting self-confidence and acceptance throughout the society for people of all shapes and sizes. No one should be bullied or judged due to their appearance.
But i have also heard people arguing that this movement promotes obesity and unhealthy life styles. Some say that it's ok to be chubby, but certainly not ok to be obese up to a point where your health is compromised.
What do you think about this movement? In your opinion, is it doing more good or bad to the society?
I think you bring up a good point that no one should be bullied or judged for their physical appearance but also that we shouldn't promote being severely overweight as an acceptable life style, purely based on the health risks to the individuals. I personally like women with curves, hips, breasts, and a full face, but that's just me. It's hard to snuggle up to a stick figure...he he he
As a society, we've accepted too many potentially dangerous or unhealthy behaviors and stopped trying to educate our younger generations on the benefits of eating healthy and taking care of ourselves. Now we sit smack in the middle of some real crisis' on multiple fronts - we have many addicted to painkillers, people have risky body modification surgeries, diabetes and other health problems are running out of control, and the medical community just hands out pills to treat symptoms rather than find cures.
I recommend everyone get back to eating clean food, moderate exercise, limit alcohol, have a healthy sex-life, and if you have chronic pain, then look at natural medicine or marijuana for treatment.
Good Topic !
This is exactly what i feel as well. The younger generations should be educated about the risks of obesity without being bullied or shamed in to feeling bad about themselves. They should be encouraged to embrace a healthy life style because it would be beneficial in the long run.
I don’t really think that by not shaming obese people we’re encouraging it. It’s still not something that’s glamorized or coveted so I don’t foresee anyone suddenly striving to become obese.
I believe it’s possible to tell people that they don’t need to feel terribly about themselves if they’re overweight/underweight while still promoting the positives of being at a healthy weight.
I also think it’s important to note that while weight is certainly one indication of overall health, it’s not the only indication and you can’t necessarily assume that someone is healthier than someone else just by looking at them.
I’ve sort of always been of the mind that people can make whatever choices they want for themselves and their own bodies and as long as it doesn’t negatively affect anyone else they shouldn’t be shamed for it.
Good point about weight not being an indicator of overall health. Thin people can be unhealthier than certain fat people. But the risk of non communicable diseases goes up with a person's BMI. Being both severely thin (anorexia) or obese are both unhealthy.
The American diet is promoting obesity, therefore, clothes must be made for fuller figures. It is more feasible to encourage these larger shapes, since the clothing industry has produced clothing lines designed for them.
In my view, people do not know how to control their weight any more and it seems they don't care. They see it as a choice. The health risks are not recognized or felt until they are older, So, young big people are living in complete joy wearing all the clothes being sold in all the clothing stores that fit them just fine!
Don't worry, be happy!
The fashion industry does get more profit by catering to the plus sized audience. The society is getting fatter due to our unhealthy lifestyles. I think that it's good to represent all kinds of individuals (gender, age, race, size, etc.) in this industry. There are certain few people who are obese due to medical conditions and are therefore having a hard time losing weight. It's nice to represent them and make clothes to fit their bodies in order to boost their confidence.
People have to remember not to go overboard though. It should not go up to a point where obesity is actively encouraged. Certain individuals are against thin people being included in advertisements because they promote 'unrealistic body expectations'. We have to remember that all models are photoshopped in these advertsements to look better (thin, average or fat). I feel as if the society at present is encouraging unhealthy lifestyles by disguising it as body positivity. While body positivity should indeed be embraced, unhealthiness should not.
Perhaps the clothing industry will resize clothing to coddle the ego of the increasingly popular plus sized ? Converting XX Large to perhaps X small and thus changing downward all sizes to stroke our tender egos ?
Nah, probably not. Nice hysterics, though. Quite the dramatic effect.
"... no one should be bullied or judged for their physical appearance but also that we shouldn't promote being severely overweight as an acceptable life style, purely based on the health risks to the individuals."
Thanks, RJ Schwartz
For today's culture , we have to allow for the P.C. . Yes, it's okay to fat shame certain groups of people but not others , for instance don't shame a plus sized female Muslim child but it's okay to shame the big white guy in the flat- bed pick- up . Don't shame the person with a thyroid issue if they are a minority but if it's in a comedy movie of local kids playing soccer in suburbia , go for it .........I'm ashamed of so many Americans .
Everyone should be treated equally regardless of whether they are the minority or the majority. Due to the unstable condition prevalent in this country people have chosen sides up to the extent where they don't see the truth anymore. If something fits the side you support, you support it even if you don't agree with it.
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