Every week a Facebook or Instagram image of a fat or overweight woman goes viral: The latest is an obese woman in a bikini standing beside her overweight very young daughter.
The Facebook post has garnered what appears to be over a thousand comments – nearly all praising this woman, many telling her she looks beautiful.
Thanks to social media, we’re getting a barrage of “I love my body” posts and pictures from women with BMI’s in the danger zone, promoting the “women are beautiful at any size” movement.
Fat acceptance is not the same as high self-esteem. Fat acceptance is making Americans fatter.
The deluge of comments to the latest “I love my body” post includes that from a woman who said her mother used to call her “Baby Huey” and “Thunder Thighs” growing up.
• This is mental abuse of a child and uncalled for no matter what the child’s size.
• Psych 101 tells us that demeaning and humiliating remarks do not result in weight loss or higher self-esteem.
But it’s a whole new ballgame when a school teacher thinks that it’s “horrifying” when a third-grader asks how many calories are in a snack – as though it’s a sign of self-body-shaming when a child wants to know the calories!
Yes, this was one of the comments on the bikini woman’s FB page. Uh oh, a young child is asking about calories!
Another woman commented that kids should be allowed to be kids: They should not be forced to eat vegetables and salads; they should be allowed to eat whatever they want and as much as they please.
Other women are spouting insults to the smart moms out there who actually patrol how much junk food their children eat.
My goodness, what next, vilifying parents for teaching their kids the dangers of smoking?
How can “kids be kids” if they’re too heavy to climb trees, run around at a playground, chase each other playing tag, run at parks, play ball, jump rope, jump over old tires, give each other piggy-back rides, etc.?
It’s the fatification of America: Brainwash women into thinking that all sizes are “beautiful.” This has a ripple effect onto their young kids!
• Dare an obese woman these days continually strive to lose weight?
• Dare an obese woman these days dream of having a lean, sculpted physique?
• It’s gotten to a point where some obese or overweight women keep their weight-loss desires secret, as the paradigm has shifted: It’s socially unacceptable to express a desire to be lean and toned!
Women Aren’t Beautiful Because They’re Obese
Women aren’t beautiful because, despite being fat, they don’t feel self-conscious walking along a beach in a bikini.
This doesn’t make a person beautiful. All it makes them is not self-conscious about wearing a bikini in public. Nothing more.
Funny, why don’t we see MEN with huge bellies and flabby arms posting photos of themselves on a beach and proclaiming they love their bodies?
People are plastering “beautiful” on these body-embracing large women in an attempt to deny what they know deep down inside is the truth:
FAT IS DEADLY
But say this, and they come back with stories of their skinny uncle who died of a heart attack at age 40.
There are many risk factors and causative agents for heart disease. Smoking, high blood pressure and lack of exercise – which can occur in skinny people – are three of them. So are stress and poor sleep – which can affect skinny people.
But obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease – a very major major risk factor.
• It also goes a long way at slowing the body down and making it hurt as one approaches middle age.
• It makes it difficult for nurses to “find a vein” to draw blood.
• It’s a risk factor for eventually needing a total knee replacement surgery.
• It dramatically raises the complication rate for any kind of major surgery.
Doctor Shuns the “Fat Is Beautiful” Movement
“This kind of ‘Fat is Beautiful’ is ridiculous and harmful,” begins Dana S. Simpler, MD, an internal medicine physician with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
She specializes in the effect of diet and exercise on health, and teaching patients how to regain their health naturally.
“Should we have pictures of people smoking, blowing smoke in their children’s faces and say ‘smoking is beautiful’?
“How about crack cocaine — are crack addicts ‘beautiful’, crack babies ‘beautiful’?”
Dr. Simpler continues: “It is a huge problem because the typical American diet of processed sugar and fat-laden foods is highly addictive, even though the public does not want to see this plain truth.
“Not surprising, over half of U.S. adults are obese or overweight, with a childhood obesity epidemic right behind it.
“Children are being diagnosed with and treated for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — diseases once only seen in adults.
“Shame on the obese adults who refuse to recognize and treat their own food addictions and instead think it is ‘beautiful’ to spread their disease-promoting life onto their children.”
Dr. Simpler received her medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 20 years.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.