Yesterday I read an article in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun and I have to say I’m stunned… and also rather saddened!
The piece in question concerned a website called Fatkinis – essentially overweight girls posing in their bikinis. The site started off as a mode of female empowerment – to battle back against the typical ‘body beautiful’ beach types. I’m all for diversity but honestly I don’t think we should be celebrating obesity or portraying these kind of body weights as healthy and happy…
Fact is I can’t support this type of behavior any more than I’d cheer on a smoker proudly displaying their diseased lungs or an alcoholic holding their swollen liver up for all to see. When I see someone who’s obese I immediately think two things – 1) their body is screaming for help and inviting disease, and 2) there are more than likely mental and emotional issues at play.
I don’t believe for a moment that any one of the ladies posing in those pictures are truly happy, or that they wouldn’t be happier and have a better quality of life if they were of a more normal weight. This isn’t a conversation about what looks good and is attractive – that’s subjective anyway. What isn’t subjective is the fact that being just 30 pounds overweight can be a significant trigger and stimulus for an early death and disease. How can these women possibly be smiling and happy? Or proud to display their bodies? And worse – how can we support it?
I know our society is not very tolerant or accepting of people who look different or don’t have beautiful bodies – look at the supermarket tabloids for proof of this – they love to expose female cellulite and bad angles! But these Fatkini women have made a serious commitment to NOT taking care of themselves. I don’t expect anyone to have six pack abs or to look like a fitness model. But what I do expect is for people to treat their bodies like the precious gift it is and try in general, to lead a healthy, full life.
These women are literally ticking time bombs. Statistically if these ladies don’t change, they’ll likely die young and as a direct result of their own actions. Maybe they’ll make it to 50, maybe not. But how many morbidly obese 50 years olds do you see walking around?
So when I look at these pictures, I see women that are hiding behind a fake smile trying to disguise the fact that inside they’re really not all that happy and are crying for help. That’s my opinion.
But what do you think? Can a person be morbidly obese and TRULY happy? Should we embrace and support them with images like these? Or do you disagree with my take? Share away!