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Being Plus-Size and Healthy: Is it possible?

I grew up in Africa, a place where big women are seen as great beauties. There, Plus-size is always beautiful and appreciated. In America and other places however, being a plus-size is considered to be unattractive and unhealthy.

 

CAN ANYONE’S HEALTH BE DETERMINED BY THEIR SIZE?

Of course not. I’m not a medical expert but I have done some observations and used some common sense tools to know if someone’s health can be determined by their body sizes. I found that body size doesn’t always determine health. Their lifestyles however, can.

I observed two groups of people, both my husband and I, a sibling and an old friend. Here are few things to know about us: For about a year now, my husband and I changed our life styles by eating better and by becoming more active ( my hubs and I are plus-sizes). Regardless of our changes, we still looked the same, and I believe that we’ve only lost about 10 pounds each. Our health however improved.

Now about the sibling and the old friend (both very skinny): My sibling never works out, hates healthy food, and her diet is made up of between 60%-75% fast food and other types of junk. The old friend on the other hand can be active but does not always follow a good diet. Both of them, regardless of what they do, they never gained a pound.

This observation proves to me that the size of a person’s body doesn’t always determine their health.

 

IS PLUS-SIZE HEALTHY

Yes and No! It all depends.

No: Being obese can put a toll on our health. There are certain illnesses that are mainly accompanied by someone’s weight because of what they eat and their overall lifestyles. That’s why doctors would sometimes recommend their patients to give up on certain things like sugar, carbs, salt, smoking, etc. As a result, their patients would sometimes lose weight in the process.

Yes: You can be plus size and still be healthy. A lot of the time, especially in the American society, we fail to recognize that sometimes being BIG doesn’t necessarily mean being FAT. Some people are made that way. We as a society, forget that being a size 14 or 16 is a normal body size, especially for taller people. 

 

IS HOW PLUS SIZES VIEWED A MEDICAL OR A SOCIAL ISSUE?

It can be both. While some people see being plus sized as a medical concern, there are others who view it as a burden according to their personal preferences. To them, an ideal beauty varies between size 0 and size 3, which can be unhealthy too, especially seeing now what people like models and celebrities have to do to keep themselves from gaining a single pound. People in the television and modeling industries, in my opinion, are the one pressuring both men and women to look a certain way in order to become their ideas of an perfect beauty.

So it’s not always a medical concern.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE HEALTHY AS PLUS-SIZED WOMEN? 

It’s simple. See your doctor. Only they can tell you what is right for your health. Take the advice that they give you on how to remain healthy. If you end up loosing weight in the process, well that’s great. But if not, then be happy that you’re living a healthy life as plus-sized person. And if you want to lose weight to either improve or change your body, then that’s good too, as long as you’re doing it for yourself.

 

I hope that this article was somewhat helpful to you. Remember that I’m not a medical expert, and a lot of this was based on personal observations and common sense. If you have anything that you would like to add on this subject, please feel free to comment below.

 

Stay healthy!

 

Rachel Francoise

rachel@embracingthecurve.com

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