I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.
Every body is a good body.
It’s true. Even if parts of your body don’t work as well as you would wish, or as well as they used to, every day your body does amazing things. Take an anatomy class, you’ll be blown away to learn how complicated and intertwined each system of our body is.
I bring this up for two reasons.
First, Victoria’s Secret launched a campaign for their “perfect body” line of undies. Victoria’s Secret apparently has a very narrow (literally) idea of what constitutes a perfect body, if such a thing could be said to exist at all.
Dear Kate, a New York-based underwear purveyor, offered an answering ad which shows a much wider (sometimes literally) look at what a perfect body is (again, if it exists at all).
As I said before, while I don’t really believe in the achievability of perfection, I do believe every body is a good body, and every body deserves to be appreciated and celebrated.
The second reason I bring this up is research that has been published in three separate medical journals. The study is long and my mind simply refuses to take the time and energy to go through it carefully and absorb everything that is there, but I do have something to say about the study itself and it’s conclusions.
The study looks at various weight loss treatments and the purported efficacy and health benefits of each, and then creates treatment recommendations for fat people.
My problem with the study, and I know not all studies can be all things, is that it only looks at weight-focused treatments. That, in itself, is fine. It’s good to know if a treatment leads to weight loss and the likelihood of that weight staying off (which according to a LOT of research is next to nil), and it is good to know if there are any health benefits to be garnered from the treatment, and the likelihood of those benefits being achieved.
The study fails to look at, or even acknowledge that, healthy choices are good for everybody and every body. What constitutes a healthy choice for an individual body can vary greatly, but for many people making healthy food choices and/or adding some physical activity can often lead to the same health benefits that weight-focused treatments achieve, without weight loss, and with a greater chance of the healthy behavior continuing.
It’s the old story of thinking fat equals unhealthy.
No, unhealthy equals unhealthy.
You cannot make a naturally fat person into a naturally non-fat person. We each are who we are, and it’s okay.
For too long, the medical establishment has either treated a fat patient the same way as a non-fat patient, or treated a fat patient by trying to make them into a non-fat patient.
Used to be a woman with a health issue would be treated the same way as a man would be treated – because most of the research studied only men. It took a long time to discover that women’s bodies were different – and not just because women are insies and men are outsies. The bodies work differently. I think this may be true about naturally non-fat and fat people.
So please, please, please, I’m asking nicely, can we just agree every body is a good body? It shouldn’t be that hard, and just think how this might improve the lives of so many people.