An alarming trend is on the rise in the form of “fat acceptance” movements. This isn’t about being healthy, no matter what your current weight. There is, in all seriousness, a concentrated effort to normalize — and even advocate — for a life of obesity.
There are many reasons why people may feel this is a sensible alternative to diet and weight loss. Unfortunately and perhaps obviously, there are reasons why this trend is doing more harm than good.
A Lack Of Motivation To Be Healthy
The first consequence of fat acceptance, in all sincerity, is a healthy diet. It is certainly possible to eat well and take care of yourself at a higher weight level. Many people even mistakenly assume that someone who is obese cannot be eating healthy foods or watching their calorie intake. This isn’t true at all; what is true is when one makes the conscious effort to ignore nutrition, weight gain is the likely result.
In addition, some assume because they accept themselves as they are, they shouldn’t worry about fitness or regular exercise. Fitness is something people of every weight should take seriously. You can be thin and out of shape, so don’t assume a healthy weight equals a healthy lifestyle.
We are all charged with taking care of the body we have in whatever way we can. You can love yourself as you are and still do what you can to eat better quality foods and be sure to get in weekly exercise routines.
Failure to Address Self-Esteem Issues
It’s like trying to convince everyone that a red 2002 Mustang is really an old yellow Volkswagen. You can’t do it, and people will look at you strangely if you try.
The way society is set up, looks matter. The farther you are from what’s socially acceptable regarding image, the more hurtful others’ reactions can be. Nevertheless, you are more complex and beautiful than what is on a scale. And if you are true to yourself — and love of all of yourself, not just your weight — then it shouldn’t matter what other people think.
Yes, Obesity Is Bad. No Movement Will Change That
One of the reasons people are talking themselves into accepting their obesity is because of the misguided attempt to label the word “obese” as public prejudice and to completely side-step the very real health issues associated with being morbidly overweight. The movement to accept being obese may feel good until you realize that instead of accepting your weight, you may be accepting a lower quality of life attributed to complications caused by being overweight. And that’s not something that anyone should have to accept.
As a result, carefully consider the positive effects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet will have you looking — and feeling — better.