Weighing In On Why The BPC Doesn't Promote Healthy Living

Weighing In On Why The BPC Doesn't Promote Healthy Living

The Body Positivity Campaign has seemed to have turned into a safety net for being overweight.
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The Body Positivity Campaign has seemed to have turned into a safety net for maintaining an overweight body. Even though body positivity should be associated with all bodies, it has started to become biased towards those who are overweight. Let me just preface this by saying, yes, everyone should be confident and no one should ever be accosted for their weight or lack there of, but there comes a point where health starts to play a factor in your everyday life. That’s when it should become a cause for concern.

Everyone has the right to love their body; however, I think the Body Positive Campaign has become a way to excuse large amounts of weight gain unhealthy eating and life habits. Before you jump down my throat for saying this, let me tell you more about myself. I’m not a petite person, and I’ve always struggled with feeling confident in my own skin. However, I don’t base my confidence on my body, sure, do I feel better when I’ve been working out and eating healthier? Of course. But my body will never be long and lean, regardless of whether or not I work out everyday. With that being said, let me get back to my point.

In the past couple of years a lot of new “Plus sized” models have surfaced and started their own body positivity campaigns. Ashley Graham blazed the path with her cover shoot for Sports Illustrated and her bathing suit line “Swimsuits For All”. Now popular Instagram personality, and spokesmodel for Aerie, Iskra Lawrence, has started doing work with NEDA, and organization for eating disorders and how to help those recovering from those disorders. These are both great causes and both these women are doing incredible things in their communities, all while inspiring so many women around the world. However, I feel like a lot of people aren’t recognizing that, yes, they might be considered “plus” sized, but they’re still incredibly healthy. It’s no secret that they both work out daily and eat well, with junk food in moderation. This is broadcasted almost every day on both their Instagram and Snapchat stories. With that being said people who turn to these two ladies for inspiration might also be using them as a sort of a safety net for their own personal weight.

More often than not I see women who are posting pictures of themselves saying that they love their curves and that they don’t care what anyone says. Stay with me now. I’m not saying that those women don’t have the right to feel beautiful, because they do, 100 percent, but most times those same women are living unhealthy lifestyles. Basically, all I’m trying to say is that you should love yourself, and by love yourself I mean realize that being curvy and being an unhealthy weight are two different things. There should come a point where you take a good long look in the mirror, so to speak, and make peace with the fact that you need to start living a healthier lifestyle.

This doesn’t make you any less worthy of body confidence. However, I’m just trying to talk about the uncomfortable subject of telling people they should be healthier. If anything, if you struggle with your weight, making a change in your eating habits and small changes in exercise will just make you feel better, no matter if you loose or gain weight while doing it. Exercise shouldn't be something you do as punishment for body but rather something that makes you feel better both physically and emotionally. I feel like that is what the Body Positive Campaign was set up to endorse, but somewhere along the way it veered off into a different direction.

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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It's Perfectly Fine Being The Only Nerd In The Family

If you feel like the only person with an affinity for nerd culture in your family, it's best to just embrace it.

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Everyone in your family has different interests and opinions, but there are also things that everyone has in common.

However, when you identify as a hardcore fan, it can be difficult and sometimes feel isolating.

Yes, you may have family members and friends that engage with you in the same interests, such as Harry Potter and Star Wars. The thing that makes things different is that they don't consume it the way that you do.

If you're like me, you enjoy being apart of fandoms, going to fan conventions, and engaging online with fellow fans.

The difference between you and them is that they're not completely connected to their inner nerd. Even among your friends, it can make you feel out of place.

Family and friends constantly teasing you about your intense love mean no harm, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way.

There are times when you feel like ending your fandom days and enjoy things like everyone else. It may make you better briefly, but over time you realize it's only a small source of your joy. A large part of your happiness comes from being a nerd and it's because that's your true self. You can't change who you are, and you never should.

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To our family and friends who don't understand, we just need you to accept us as we are.

It's not a phase and it's not something you can change about us. You may never understand, but you can take the time to engage with our nerdy tendencies.

Take the time to know and understand our interests. It's the key to connecting to us as well as getting to know us better. If you learn what we like, it's bound to create a stronger connection that you've wanted.

It may also score you some bonus points if you find the perfect gift on birthdays, holidays, etc.

A large part of our love comes from our connection to characters that feel relatable to us. It's finding the representation of ourselves that makes us feel comfortable in our bodies. In addition, it's the thing that provides us with support and inspiration toward our own goals and life.

We're not expecting you to relate to our interests, but we are expecting you to respect them. Our fandoms and all-thing nerd related are passions and things we enjoy. It's the same as your love for fishing, sports, gardening or whatever you do for enjoyment.

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For many of us, it's a release from stress or our everyday life. It's the same as a hobby of yours and is far from being weird. If it is weird, then I accept it and it's perfectly fine to be weird.

If anything, it makes us unique and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Our geeky families are not here to replace you. We feel as if our fellow nerds are apart of our family just like you are. They're just the people were able to share all our common interests with and have fun.

At the end of the day, being a nerd is a part of our personality. As a family member or friend, the thing you want most for the people you love is for them to happy.

Our happiness comes from being nerdy, so just let us be nerdy.

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Others may not fully understand nerds, but eventually, you learn to embrace and accept your inner nerd.

You're never going to please everyone and that includes your family. They may never come around and understand your love and need for all things geeky. Just remain true to yourself and keep going.

Many of my friends have complimented me on being myself without caring about what others may think.

The embracing of being true to nerdiness is not something that came overnight. It still takes work for me to remember not to shy away from being a fangirl and just show the world my passions.

Once you began to fully accept your identity as a nerd, you learn that it comes with a lot of benefits.

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As a full-time fandom member, you have the privilege of having first access to information about your favorite TV show, book, or movie series. Due to your fangirl behaviors, you're constantly aware of spoilers, release dates, and sneak peeks. It's the reason you're the first source for information on these things for your family and friends. It's a reminder to those people that think you're weird, that your knowledge is useful. They may not realize it now, but they may soon realize your advantage in the future.

In additions, our love for these interest as fans has led to us finding our passions in life. I discovered my love for writing through reading and writing fanfiction over the years. My time in fandoms has allowed me to realize that many more stories need to be told especially for those lacking representation. Fandoms are things that have led us to our careers or being able to create brand new ones.

The best benefit of identifying as a nerd is the happiness that it brings to our lives. Continue to enjoy fan conventions, even if you can't attend. Watch your favorite shows and movies series on repeat. Take the time to read and write the fanfiction. Most importantly, enjoy fandoms.

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It may feel lonely to be the only nerd among your family and friends, but always remain confident in who you are and never change. When you feel lost, just know your geeky family will always be there for you.

Never forget there's nothing wrong with being a nerd and it's the thing that made you who you are today.

Always embrace the nerd you were meant to be. You never know where it might take you.

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