Right. So I have this friend who is uber feminist. Which is fine; whatever floats your boat. The problem is that she has some strong opinions that, to be completely honest, border on delusional.
I have started working out. Hard. And eating properly. This is a good thing, right? I want to lose weight… partly for vain reasons (admittedly) but also because I do not want to become a statistic at some point in the future. It is a fact that people who become overweight are at increased risk for a multitude of health problems. There is no way of getting around this fact. Yes, there are people who are overweight who are currently healthy, but they are walking around like ticking time bombs.
The problem that was arisen is that my “fat activist” (yes, it’s an actual title she’s proudly given herself) friend believes that the quest for a healthy lifestyle is… wait for it… POINTLESS, DEGRADING, and UNHEALTHY.
Apparently, women should not work on improving their bodies because it means they’re oppressed. We should love our bodies the way they are. We shouldn’t care what people think. And we shouldn’t worry about health problems because those silly little facts are just myths.
Am I healthy? Yes. Right now I am.
Will I continue to be healthy if I do not break my bad habits and develop new, healthy ones? No. No, no, NO.
When I eat properly and work out I feel BETTER about myself. I have more energy. I have more confidence. I feel sexier.
To have someone tell me that leading a healthy lifestyle is damaging to my self worth and, thus, I should loaf on the couch like a slob and accept my body the way it is is insulting. And irresponsible.