There is no denying that weight stigma (that is judgement on the basis of size) is an unfortunate reality of the society in which we live.
That being said,
we have two choices in how we can respond to to this social issue today:
#1 – We can pander to it.
We can stay in on Friday nights.
We can honor the social systems that oppress us.
We can wear pants when it’s 90 degrees.
We can deny ourselves dinner dates because we’re scared of the menu.
We can wear t-shirts during sex.
We can NOT have sex.
We can blame ourselves for behaviors that are direct consequences of dieting and body shame (i.e. emo & binge-eating).
We can fear food.
We can weight-cycle (the technical term for yo-yo dieting that is clinically understood to be far more dangerous for our bodies than fatness of any kind).
We can starve ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually
…all in the name of prejudice, primarily towards women’s bodies, but increasingly towards men’s as well.
#2 – We can choose to be proudly ourselves in the face of bias;
We can stop hiding.
We can buy clothes we like now;
We can enjoy our food choices;
We can go swimming in the ocean, in a bathing suit, in daylight.
We can make love with the lights on;
We can take a stand for ourselves and all others affected by a culture of weight discrimination;
We can choose health at any size.
We can show up to our college reunion (and even get down with our bad selves?)
We can refuse to participate in body shaming behaviors (including dieting for weight loss, derogatory body talk, and/or “health shaming”).
We can live fiercely today rather than wait indefinitely for a certain body size,
…how long have you been waiting? How many years do you have left on this precious planet Earth?
The choice is yours.
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