Fat Acceptance is Not Being Body Positive

Fat Acceptance is Not Being Body Positive

Because it's more fun when I write provocative articles.

Ask anyone on the street what the stereotypes are for the average American and you could definitely guess what they would say.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Patriotic? Loud? What about obese? You definitely have to throw that in there, and it's a real shame. Mostly everyone is aware that the United States has a real problem with obesity that isn’t improving very much at all. In fact, over a third of all American adults are considered obese (35%) and over 74% of men and 64% of women are either overweight or obese!

Those numbers are quite sobering when you compare them to the generations of our grandparents and before. Unhealthy food is cheaper; there is a fast food joint on every street corner in America, fighting over who can sell the cheapest hamburger and physical activity levels, especially in the youth of America, have hit rock bottom. But this isn’t a jab at the fast food industry, quite honestly they can sell whatever the hell the want. What I want to propose is a positive change that we, as Americans, can make in our lives to fight back against obesity and the crippling health problems that are associated with it.

As obesity has grown in America, so has the push to normalize it, to make it socially acceptable to be obese and that everyone must accept the lifestyle choice to be that way. We have militantly promoted the acceptance of being “plus sized,” to the point where many have demeaned and put down individuals who are skinny and in shape.

Now, don’t get me wrong, loving yourself is something we should all do. We should not let the opinions of others and our body weight determine our character, but there is a line. We have reached a point in our societal “progression” where we have made it taboo to even suggest weight loss to those we know who are overweight. We have demonized those brave enough to question the fact that 300+ lbs. is now “beautiful” as “fat shamers.”

As I have mentioned in previous articles, the Social Justice Warriors will stop at nothing to ensure that your hurtful words are never heard again. I wish I could say that this behavior was harmless though. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death behind tobacco use at a staggering 300,000 deaths per year. That will never be “beautiful” to me. When you make obesity fashionable and normal, you are literally causing people to live much shorter lives than they would at a healthy weight.

So what can we do in order to improve our physical state? America used to be a land of fitness and incredibly healthy individuals, how do we being that back again? It’d be easy for me to tell you to run hill sprints, revamp yourself physically, and make healthier food choices but I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll tell you to think about those who you love. Chances are you have some friends or family that are overweight or obese. Maybe you are overweight yourself. Ask yourself if feeling comfortable and "accepted" by society at obese status is worth shaving years and even decades off of your life. Focus on making small, positive changes in your life to improve your health. Don’t expect everything to happen overnight, be patient. Find a friend to hold you accountable and go make yourself the healthiest, happiest YOU that you can be.
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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?


When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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