There's been a lot of talk about the issue of fatness recently. With ABC's Nightline debate or "face off" between the fat "supporters" and the fat "haters," Kirstie Allen's appearance on Ophra to talk about her new show on her weight struggles, and Kevin Smith's too-fat-to-fly incident, just to name a few (very few as it's on almost every morning show and cable news program).
It's been frustrating listening to all the media reports on this issue. Every story the media does is either about how fat is killing America or let's love ourselves no matter how fat we are (as evidenced by the Nightline piece). Neither of these really address the very serious issue of health. Everyone is scared of offending one group or another. Is it OK to be fat? Obviously there is no one answer to this, even if the media wants to boil it down to a yes or a no. Like most things in life, it depends on the particular facts of the case (can you tell I'm a lawyer?).
Science is science and no matter how uncomfortable it makes some groups, it's important to look at how weight and physical condition is impacting your overall health. Does it matter if your size is not what one group or another considers "beautiful" or "sexy" or anything else desirable? No, not really. Standards of beauty are so diverse - throughout the world and throughout the ages. So I completely support the notion that you should love yourself and feel beautiful regardless of media or society's norms, whether you're bigger or smaller than what these norms dictate. However, I reject the notion that you should do that with a blind eye towards your own health and physical well being.
Here's a picture of the Nightline debate. The video of the debate is included in the link above.
Here's the video about Kevin Smith's ordeal. I think his situation raises a bunch of issues of its own but my thoughts on that will have to wait for another time. :)