It is NOT okay to be obese.
Before anyone rages at me, let me explain.
I understand that not everyone is going to be ideally thin, it is okay to be a bit above weight, there is nothing wrong with that. But when it comes to the point where it is legitimately obesity, it is not okay. The idea here on tumblr is that all shapes and sizes are beautiful and you’re all perfect. I get why this is said, and I understand and love that a majority of tumblr is supporting strangers around the world and helping them love themselves. That is okay and I agree with that, but what I don’t agree with is telling OBESE people that they are perfect just the way they are. Obesity is a serious problem and it is not okay to sit back and act like everything is okay with being obese because it’s not. I’m not coming from an aesthetic viewpoint on this either, I’m coming from a medical viewpoint. It is not healthy to be obese and it’s not okay to act like everything is fine, because it’s not.
This, exactly. Being obese is unhealthy, but that doesn’t mean you should go around calling obese people landwhales or assume they have poor moral standards due to their weight. People become obese for many reasons, and not all of those are necessarily their fault. Some of them are even mostly outside of their own control, and those people deserve sympathy, not hate.
Someone said it.
Thank you. Obesity contributed to my mother’s death. If she would have taken better care of herself she might be here today. I’m totally about self love, but when it gets to the point that its causing you severe health problems, it’s time to act and fix the problem.
Okay, I’m going to comment on this because I feel obligated to as a former fitness instructor and as an overweight woman myself.
While I appreciate the general gist of the message, I do not appreciate that one group in particular was called out for being unhealthy. Do you call out people eating at McDonalds? Do you call out smokers? Do you call out people who drink soda regularly? Then why do you feel entitled and obligated to call out obese people on their weight?
Health is a community issue and it takes a community and a strong support system to adequately improve it across all body types, but singling out any group that breaks that vision of health is not the way to address the situation. Posting pictures of fat rolls to garner a response of disgust and outrage is not the way to address the situation. Subtly shaming people for being overweight by addressing the side effects thereof as a mask is not the way to address the situation.
I worked in a gym as a fitness instructor the entire time I was in college. Admittedly, I am overweight. I was the only fitness instructor that wore a shirt size over a medium, for fuck’s sake - men and women. The people that would attend the other classes were the people who knew exactly what they doing in the gym and could work out without garnering stares (and no, this is not a generalization - I had to go to four fitness classes per week and work out 6 hours to keep my class, so I attended a lot of different classes; this is actually experience). Occasionally an overweight woman or man would drift into them. I would watch as the people who were fairly fit went up to these people, and said, “You know that being obese is a serious condition, right? I’m not judging you, I’m just concerned about your health.”
Every single time, they never returned because they were embarrassed.
But I noticed something spectacular when people attended my fitness class. Because I was overweight myself, I crushed any ability for those people to say that to those people, because I, an overweight individual, was acting as an authority on health and because my class kicked their asses — and I had to talk and workout at the same time.
I can run 5 miles without stopping, I can do 100 unmodified push-ups, I can swim a mile in lake water. My blood pressure is normal, if not below average. My blood sugar is normal. My heart rate is the same as a very fit individual.
At the end of the day, I am healthy, whether you like it or not.
At the end of the day, you cannot assess a person’s abilities or vital statistics by glancing at them, whether you like it or not.
At the end of the day, only the person in question and their doctor can determine their health, whether you like it or not.
Furthermore, I don’t think any of you all understand exactly how hard it is to lose weight because shit like this floating around makes it seem like it’s something automatic that happens instantly. In those four years I spent as a fitness instructor, I spent 12 hours of workouts each week, and looged record books on record books of no more than 2000 and no less than 1500 calories per day. I do not drink soda. I do not eat white sugar. I only ate whole grain carbohydrates, except for an occasional slice of pizza on movie nights with my roommates. I carried measuring cups in my backpack and got two plates at dinner to adequately measure serving sizes of all the food I ate.
On graduation day, I was 20 lbs. lighter than I had been when I started college.
I am overweight for medical reasons that I will not discuss with narrow-minded individuals that believe this bullshit. My health is not your business, but I refuse to allow you to pretend to know the intricacies of my life and health because you read a fucking list on WebMD. Health is not an ideal weight. Health is not the lack of fat.
Get that idea through your fucking skulls and then maybe we can have a discussion on how to improve the health of a community.