Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Big Sexy" - Role Models or Overeater Enabling?

So I heard about a new TLC show, "Big Sexy." It's a reality tv show featuring plus size women, promoting "big girl" acceptance.

I am all about loving yourself for who you are, I really am. But I've also been told that being overweight can lead to heart problems, diabetes, stroke and worse. So I'm constantly torn between body acceptance and health promotion.

It comes down to: everyone is different. Pushing your body to an unnatural extreme will always be unhealthy, but that doesn't mean you can't naturally be plus size (or size 0) and 100% healthy! In fact, in 2009 a study showed that people who were slightly overweight lived longer than underweight, average weight or obese people!

But this doesn't remove the problem. Just as a naturally skinny model may inspire a girl to stop eating, a naturally big girl can inspire someone at a weight unhealthy for them to not bother exercising or eating less.

I think the best thing we can do is to stop promoting "size acceptance" and start promoting "health acceptance!"