In my opinion body positive is referring to your body image and how you see your body and how you feel in your own skin. It is the mental love of your whole body no matter what you look like. Whether you are small, large, have wildly crazy curly hair, have amazingly beautiful birthmarks covering your whole body, have uni-brow, whatever it is embrace it. Every part of you is a precious unique gift that was given to you and only you.
That being said I feel like some take being body positive a different way. In my journey to become a better version of myself I have lost 80 pounds and sometimes have to remind myself this is not about vanity. Every so often I get a message in my Facebook asking why I am working so hard towards this goal of 100 pounds gone. I don’t think they mean this negatively but they say, “You are perfect the way you are. You don’t need to lose anymore. You should be happy where you are.” Which is so kind and I am truly grateful. However, I see it more from a health standpoint not from a visual point. I think for some people, not all, being body positive is an excuse to continue living unhealthy lives and take no responsibility for their choices.
My weight lose has nothing to do with vanity but all to with my ultimate health. Keeping my disease under control and being able to life my life to the fullest. There are so many health risk associated with not being at a normal weight. Body positive is a great and amazing thing but not accurately described sometimes. I love who I am on the inside and everyday I work to better that person inside and out.
I just want to take for a minute to share the health risk involved in my journey from 255 pounds to 175. (I will be referencing the BMI. I realize that is not the most accurate when taking into account muscle mass but it is a great guide for me.)
255– BMI 41.8 : Morbitly Obese: Health risk at this point included;
- Heart Disease & Blood abnormalities
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Reproductive problems
- Certain cancers (breast, colon, & endometrial)
- Obesity Hyperventilation Syndrome
- Metabolic Syndrome
175– BMI 28.7 : Overweight: There are still risks with being overweight. Though these risk decrease substantially I am still at risk.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Gall bladder disease
- Some cancers (breast, colon, & endometrial)
- Sleeping problems
- Sexual health problems
Knowing this, why would I be okay with this? I am not. So yes I want to be in the “normal” range which will put me at 152.
I guess my point is when it comes to body LOVE if you really believe in loving your body why would you be okay with the risks involved in not taking care of it? Love who you are inside and out but please don’t use “body positive” as an excuse to not deal with your health. Every small action to better your health is something. Ignoring it is not an option. Ignoring your health will only lead to the above diseases and struggles. I love you all and pray you find the peace within yourself to make the hard choices to better your life.
~Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Soul.~