Fat and Fabulous vs. Healthy
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of overcoming negative body image verses the basic fact that being overweight is not good for you. Yes, as a society we are fed unrealistic images of the perfect Barbie-like woman that growing up made me feel hopelessly inadequate. But with childhood obesity on the rise, and the devastating effects this will inevitably have on the lifelong health of our kids, how wise is it to embrace the notion of being fat and fabulous?
Recently, all the hype around Howard Stern’s on-air attack on Gabourey Sidibe left me very conflicted. Personally, I’ve never found Stern all that controversial. Because he mostly states the obvious. Yes, the actress big. Thanks dude. We all have eyes. Thanks for once again drecking down an amazing achievement, not only her Oscar nod and but the fact that Precious got produced at all, into fat joke fodder. And I can’t help but notice how this issue of being “enormous” is focused on Gabourey Sidibe, rather than Quinton Aaron the male actor who appeared as the overweight teen in The Blind Side.
But then then Shock Jock took things in a new direction, talking about how the young actress needs help. Because that kind of weight will kill her. And can I really argue with that? When I started my blog project White Girl With a Fat Ass, many people lovingly took the time to say how beautiful they found me just the way I was and saw no need for change. But I’ve never shown any of them the quantities and kinds of food I eat when I am sad, or bored, or angry, or because LOST is on…
Along with using food as a life-crutch, then and now I struggle with various medical conditions aggravated by my extra weight. While I have come a long way as far as embracing who I am (including my beauteous big bottom), I can honestly say that being overweight is going to negatively impact your health.
But did I adore seeing that beautiful young woman regardless of her size walk the red carpet in a fabulous dress like a stunningly voluptuous Cinderella? Oh Yes. Am I annoyed that people find the perverse need to stomp all over her moment by insisting she will never work again because of her size? Hell Yes. I not only believe Gabourey Sidibe’s career is far from over but I am excited by the idea that screenwriters and producers will create more roles for her and other woman who don’t fit the usual tiny, tiny type that is now the actress norm.
Is it possible to balance being Fat and Fabulous with good health? What do you think?
Saving the World One Fat Ass at a Time!