Stepping onto my Soapbox

This morning was like other mornings, get up, feed cat, curl back up in bed with my phone.  I check out Facebook and the first thing that catches my eye is a video of Lane Bryant’s new ad campaign featuring #Plusisequal.

I love this ad and the message.  Plus size women can be fashionable, stylish, and most importantly proud and confident.

Against my better judgement I decide to check out the comments even though I know most online commentators are people whose sole purpose seems to be agitating other people and stirring up drama.  Thankfully most of the comments on this one are positive sprinkled with a few people complaining that the ad is discriminating against them, doesn’t represent all body types, blah, blah, blah……it’s impossible to please everyone.

The other negatives are people who claim the ad is promoting obesity and unhealthy lifestyles 😕  The ad is not about physical health but mental health, positive body image, and selling clothes (it is an advertisement). These women are showing it’s possible to be sexy, confident, and happy no matter your size.

On the flip side I’m not going to watch a Victoria’s Secret ad and say all those women are starving themselves and unhealthy because I don’t know them.  It goes both ways and it’s nice to have representation of all different body types in the media but people still struggle to understand a simple point, everyone doesn’t have to fit into one mold to be healthy.

Skinny does not automatically equal healthy.  Overweight does not automatically indicate unhealthy. And vice versa.  Basically, you cannot always look at a person and know whether they’re healthy or unhealthy……  

It was fitting that I scrolled down a bit further in my feed to see this story proving exactly what I say above.

I also started following her blog, Fat Girl Running.

One woman might be overweight but runs 2 miles every day and has no health concerns.  Another woman might be skinny but eats fast food several times a week and has high cholesterol. These examples could be reversed but the message behind the examples is you don’t know someone’s health at a glance.  I don’t know if the skinny woman I see walking down the street works out consistently or if she gets winded walking up 2 flights of stairs.  I don’t know if the overweight woman buying ice cream will be eating the whole pint or if she eats healthy but allows herself a treat (like me).

You don’t know a person’s story unless you go beyond the glance.  I believe we need to continue to support the message that your body type doesn’t have to fit into a specific mold in order for you to live a healthy, active lifestyle and have confidence in your body.

Every body is different.  Be happy, Be healthy, and love what makes you, YOU.

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5 comments

  1. Ellen Hawley · September 26, 2015

    This whole obsession with thinness in the name of health is nuts. I’m thin and 68–not skinny, but thin enough to realize that keeping my bone density would be easier if I weighed more. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for health.

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  2. dray0308 · September 25, 2015

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    Meet Transitions in My Life!
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  3. miusho · September 22, 2015

    All of this. Seriously.

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  4. briana1010 · September 22, 2015

    I’m catching up on reading, hence multiple random comments in a row, but I particularly wanted to comment on this one – AWESOME POST! I am currently the healthiest (and heaviest) I’ve ever been, and it’s hard not get pulled into wanting to look a certain way.

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    • Daisy9979 · September 23, 2015

      Thank you! 🙂 There’s a definite challenge in ignoring not only society’s expectations but our own expectations for how our body is supposed to look. It’s easier said than done but it really should be about health and happiness.

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