Friday, 26 October 2012

Acceptance vs. Health

You know me, I love a controversial topic and a recent article got me thinking - can size acceptance be unhealthy? Now, I'm not going to refer to said article as I don't wish to appear to be attacking an individual which is NOT what this is about - I just wanted to share my views on the question that I've posed and, equally, hear your views too.

So, we're all (well, most of you reading this) up for this size acceptance/pro size lark, myself included...though I will admit I am fat, overweight, obese, whatever. I'm heavier than I should be (ignoring BMI as according to that I should be 13st, at which point I'd probably be dead) and borderline diabetic, though (as much as the doctors like to tell me otherwise) I have no health problems associated with my weight asides from being generally unfit. The point I'm trying to make is that if my weight was having a detrimental effect on my health I would not be pro size in my case, as whilst every body is beautiful I feel that health is paramount.

Now, I'm not a doctor or an health expert and perhaps part of this is me making presumptions about people's health based on their looks and statistics - however much I don't want to be the type of person that does that, I can't help but think there must be a point at which one's weight would have an effect on one's health with certainty, even if it's just mobility.

This is why I am asking if size acceptance can be unhealthy - is it right to promote acceptance of size if you fall into the above catagory, much the same as (it would appear) it isn't acceptable if you are underweight for whatever reason. At what point are we promoting size acceptance, or even obesity, at the risk of others - for example, if a 13 year old child weighed 20st, do we ignore the health implications in favour of size acceptance?

(If you like this post, you might also like my post on the C4 documentary 'My Big Fat Fetish'.)

Image © clarita (morgueFile).

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Plus Size Flashmob (Part 2)

Hello everyone! Apologies for the unintended hiatus - life has been very busy since I returned to London and started my second year of university. Anyway, enough about that! You may recall that, back in August, I posted about a plus size flashmob happening on 1 September - I attended the event and wanted to share my experience with you. I have waited a little longer than I intended as I wanted to share the video footage which was taken on the day.

Firstly, I'd like to thank Anita Bellamy of Plus Confidence In You for organising, Symone Woods for filming and Chris Harvey for photographing the event, as well as everyone that participated.

My experience of the flashmob was that it was an excellent opportunity to meet other plus size and likeminded women, as well as to show the general public that we are comfortable in the skin we're in. It was both exhilirating and confidence building - I left feeling sexy and proud.

I hope that there will be more opportunities like this in the future...and perhaps one day we can take on Trafalgar Square! If you'd like to read more about Plus Confidence In You and the story behind the flashmob, read my previous post or check out the Facebook page.

Video © Symone Woods (for Plus Confidence In You).
Images © Chris Harvey (for Plus Confidence In You) (edited by me, with permission).