‘Fit Mom’ Versus ‘Curvy Girl’: Can You Really Tell What A Person’s Health Is By Looking At Their Size?
Last week, the media was abuzz about Maria Kang, who is known online as ‘Fit Mom’, after an image she posted online of herself and her three young sons with the question “What’s Your Excuse?” across the top, went viral. She was temporarily banned on Facebook for posting what was considered ’hate speech’, when she expressed her opinion of a photo campaign launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie, asking plus size women to post photos of themselves in lingerie and love the body they’re in.
Maria Kang got the opportunity to state her opinion in an interview on CNN, which included Chrystal Bougon, owner of Curvy Girl Lingerie. The interview got heated and Maria made no secret that she felt that Chrystal and her photo campaign was promoting obesity by asking women to be proud of their bodies via the photos they submitted. Maria feels that these women should be instead pursuing a healthier lifestyle and not embracing obesity as a way of life. Chrystal countered Maria’s argument by saying that every woman should love themselves at all times and that loving yourself does not mean you’re embracing obesity. It means you’re embracing the body you have now, which can change. It is up to the individual. In case you missed it, here’s the video of the interview via CNN and Mediaite:
So this brings up a question that has been debated for years. Can you tell what a person’s health is by their size? Is it okay to assume that because a person is overweight or considered obese that, that person is unhealthy? Are all fit, thin people healthy?
Take a look at the following image…all of the women in the image weigh 154 pounds. However, they are all different heights and builds. Can we look at these women and distinguish if they are unhealthy or not? Can we just look at their weight and height and deem them fit or overweight?
And the biggest question of all is…if you’re overweight or obese, are you supposed to NOT love yourself?
With eating disorders a serious issue especially with young girls, loving yourself is something that is very needed. We all can’t look like Maria Kang nor should we strive to. That is the quintessential reason why everyone should love the body they have now.
Loving your body as it is now doesn’t mean that you won’t want to be the best YOU that you can be. It doesn’t mean you will not care about your health. Loving yourself will give you that desire to be good to yourself and part of that is being healthy. Being healthy doesn’t come in a dress size. Healthy is how you feel. You have to get to a place with your body where you are comfortable, feel good and are healthy. And that might mean not being the same size and build as Maria Kang. As shown in the image above, there is no cookie-cutter body type or size that everyone can be.
To Maria Kang’s benefit, she has the right idea in terms of getting active and being healthy and promoting such. But her approach and attitude towards women loving themselves is where she loses any positive effect she could have in the world. It’s one thing to inspire others to get healthy and quite another when you are condemning plus size women for loving themselves as they are now. That’s where you stop inspiring women and instead are perceived as someone who is ‘fat-shaming’ and not being a positive role model.
What do you think of Maria Kang? Do you think that we can predict or diagnose someone’s health by their size? Do you think plus size women should not love themselves? Please leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.
To read more about Curvy Girl Lingerie’s photo campaign, click here.
To visit Maria Kang’s blog, click here.
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