“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
As I sat down to start my work this morning, I saw a news story on my reader that made me very….well, I guess annoyed is the nice way to put it. Maria Kang is at it again. It’s not enough that she decided to start a fat-shaming campaign by trying to say that her body (which is genetically predisposed to be thin) was “fit” after having her children. I mean, really, what is our excuse for existing as fat women, right? (Major eye roll here).
Later, Kang was banned from Facebook for basically saying she was “Sorry but not sorry” for the campaign. Nice.
Now, she is at it again! She appeared on CNN last Saturday basically saying that someone can tell how healthy or unhealthy a person is depending on their weight. The Daily Mail article had plenty of info on Kang’s interview, which also featured plus size lingerie store owner, Chrystal Bougon. In a nutshell, Kang believes, as I stated above, that you can just tell when a person is unhealthy. She was “peeved” when she saw Bougon’s Facebook website promoting plus size women as “what a real woman looks like.”
The article stated:
Miss Kang took to Facebook and her own website stating that she was ‘annoyed’ by ‘news stories about how overweight, nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies.’
Kang also stated that she wasn’t bashing those who were “proud and overweight,” she was just trying to empower those who were “proud and healthy” to become leaders in society.
*sigh* Okay Ms. Kang, what about fat people who are healthy? Have you ever thought about that? There are fat women who exercise, fat women who eat healthy foods, and guess what — they’re still fat! Why are they still fat? Well, that’s pretty simple — diets don’t work, and there is no long-term weight loss program, surgery or plan that results in typical long-term weight loss. Science doesn’t know how to do it, and no matter how much it annoys you, it is just a fact.
What does it mean to be healthy? The definition of the word “healthy” is literally “being in good health.” Well, I got up this morning, I took my kids to school, I went to the store, I took a walk, I drank some water and now I’m sitting here writing this. I do not have any ailment that would tell someone I am not in good health — except my 400 pound size, of course. But, we can tell when people are unhealthy? Tell me this — if someone smokes, but they do not have any smoking related ailments, are they unhealthy? If someone is thin, but they eat fast food and other junk constantly, while living a sedentary lifestyle, are they unhealthy? You don’t know if someone is unhealthy by looking at them!
There are plenty of thin people who die from cancers, heart disease, stroke, etc. every day. It happens. No matter what they do to try to stop it. But they were healthy! No, they were at risk because of genetics, or because of drugs, or because of the food they ate, or because of the air they breathed. It drives me nuts when people try to make such a case against fat people not being healthy, as if thin is the only way. I’m sorry, but not all thin people are healthy, and the reverse — not all fat people are unhealthy — is true as well, no matter what Ms. Kang thinks.
If you are interested in an article about fat women exercising or not exercising, you can go to the Dancing with Fat blog post called “Fat People Need To…” I also have a link on my Tumblr page about Michelle Gibson, a fat chick who exercises regularly and teaches an aerobics class every week.
What is the point of this post — I guess that Chrystal Bougon, owner of Curvy Girls Lingerie, said it best,
You can’t tell whether or not I work out. You can’t tell how healthy I am by looking at a photo of me. You just can’t.
I couldn’t have said it better myself, Ms. Bougon. As for Ms. Kang, she can go back to her loyal fan base and work on making them feel worse about their lack of progress. Do I want to get healthier? Yes, I do. Am I ever going to be thin? Nope. But I’ll still be healthy.