Yesterday I was reading the NY Times on line (my favorite way to get the news) and saw this excellent article about bodies. The author actually questions whether the craze to be a skinny person is necessary and healthful. Not only does she question it, but apparently many people are doing the same. I put it on my site, because I think it’s so promising. You can read it here.
What’s great is that it is possible that the mainstream is beginning to understand what a lot of us know–you don’t have to be thin to be healthy. Many heavy people are very healthy, and if the world around us was built to support our weight, we’d be even healthier.
Imagine a world where you don’t have to go to a specialty store to find a bike or a pair of pants that fit. Imagine going into any establishment knowing that they have chairs that will be at least size-appropriate, if not comfortable. Imagine traveling knowing that you don’t have to worry about getting bruises from squeezing into a too-small seat or asking the tiny steward for a seat belt extender. Imagine a world where what counts is that we’re people, not that we’re fat people.
In this world I’d bet a lot of the diseases that are associated with being fat would miraculously no longer be associated with it. In this world the social stigma and stresses of being the wrong size wouldn’t exist. We’d all be satisfied with ourselves, so our bodies wouldn’t have to cry out for attention in the form of diseases.
I’m not suggesting that those of us who are unhealthy and feel unhappy stay where we are. What I am suggesting is living the Zize life. Zize is size with Attitude, and as more of us do our part to keep the attitude positive, healthy, and active, more people will see that fat IS beautiful. Or at least healthy.