Taking issue with the issue

There is a lot of debate at the moment around plus size models.  Basically, I am for all types of bodies.  Healthy bodies that is.  They are the role models our children need to see in their overly media-saturated lives.

I was just pointed to an article, written by Susie O’Brien, which originally appeared in the Herald Sun this Sunday.

Titled “Plus-size models doing big girls no favours” she goes on to say:

“While these women might make us feel better about our bulging butts and guts, the truth is, few women over a size 14 are in a healthy weight range.  And many need encouragement to lose weight instead of being told to feel good about being overweight.  Seeing big girls might give us healthier self-esteem, but it might not encourage us to lead healthier lives.”

She has totally missed the point here.  It’s not about being OK to be big.  It’s about accepting who you are, what you are, and how you look as being OK.  Only from there can you begin to make positive lifestyle changes that are based in a love for yourself and a respect for you body.  Trust me, I’ve been there again and again.

Take a look at the article and judge for yourself, but I would argue that Ms Susie O’Brien has never had to confront the demons that make us put on weight in the first place.  If she did, I am sure her take on these issues would be very, very different.

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