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Why We Still Talk About Obesity: Because It’s Still A Problem

While we’re at it, why don’t we address all those people that have been through extreme trauma and still think that being “obese” is fine, and that a tiny bit of extra food is actually a blessing.  Please. The human body is not fine in any way.  It’s the same as being fat.  It’s just one more piece of garbage in an already overflowing trash heap.

In the face of a society that relentlessly emphasizes the body, we’re all being told to “get in shape”, but what about the people who can’t get “in shape”, but just can’t quit?  Those who are already “obese”. What about them?

I have my own struggles with weight and weight gain, not just now, but in this lifetime. When I was 20 years old I began a journey that continues with me to this day to become a better man, a nicer man, not a smaller man or an “overfed fat guy” who’s just trying to fit in. When I tell people what I’ve been through, they react with disbelief that I can still be happy now, that something like weight gain is not necessarily a sign of a person’s health. While people tell me it’s not “real”, I still see the physical changes every day.

The reason I still eat is that I still believe the lies I’ve been fed about being healthy. I still believe those fat shaming ads and those TV programs telling us how to keep our “junk”.   I still believe that as long as I look “natural”, “attractive”, a “good kid” and “family friendly”, people will think I’m fine.  What happens is, people think you’re fine as long as you look “better” than they are.  They aren’t looking at who you are as a human being. The truth is that body fat is not an indicator of a good health, and no amount of food intake will make you look better than you do today. The only things that will “fix” your body will be a healthy lifestyle. While my struggles are not unique to my weight or that I am female, these experiences are so common to women everywhere and the idea of being “obese” is such a negative concept to so many that I believe we must change our thinking and accept the realities of our bodies.

It has always been our responsibility as consumers to seek out a healthy product and support a healthy lifestyle.  To me, no matter what I weigh I am healthy and I do believe that.  That’s why I encourage you to read this piece:  A Woman Takes The Weight Off Of Being ‘Fat’ By Using A Vibrator To Lose Weight, She Finds A Life-Long Love, And Weighs In At 1,115 Pounds.

I really hope that every woman out there takes my challenge, and that I can get to 1,115 pounds, and that I can live happily, healthily, with a good weight, no matter what my exact weight happens to be, as long as I continue to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. I’m not saying that “everyone should be fat”, because I still have a hard time believing it.  It’s not that I’m not willing to accept any body and any weight, but that my body is so fragile that I am never satisfied. Every single day that I think about being fat I think about how much I hate it.  I hate the way it crushes my emotions.  I hate the feelings of fear and shame I feel when I consider moving to a smaller house, going on a diet or doing any type of exercise.  I’m miserable! My body is always telling me I am so “unhealthy” to be as fat as I am that life is impossible when I’m thin! Why else would it not be at rest?  Does the concept of being “skinny” still exist when I look down at my “normal sized” body? But at the end of the day, the best thing I can do is to continue to change the perceptions of my body, and by that I mean to stop blaming my size or saying that “it’s not real” if I get a bit smaller than what my body wants.