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08 June 2007 @ 10:32 am
Interesting dialogue about health, fat, and beauty standards  
Debra Dickerson had an interesting article in Salon about the acceptance and even encouragement black women receive for being large. She points out the health problems in the black community which are exacerbated by "obesity." (A term I hate but it's the only medical term for it.) One wonderful large woman wrote a thoughtful response to her article which Debra included in her blog under the title: Now, even I wish my vacation was as hot as it was. I personally did not feel that Debra was coming from a fat phobic perspective so much as being genuinely concerned that black women were going to die young with the epidemic of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes in the black population. I don't think women should either be encouraged to be fat or discouraged from being fat. Be as healthy in your lifestyle as you can be and let your weight take care of itself!

ETA: Debra posted my comment with a positive response. My effort to link directly to the blog post seems to not be working right now so I changed the link, above, to go to her blog generally and included the title of that particular post.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on June 8th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am very much in favor of a standard of beauty that includes women of every size and color; my personal favorites in feminine beauty include every type from Angelina Jolie to Camryn Mannheim to Tracy Chapman. I don't think women of any race should become health victims because of anyone's definition of the "perfect" body image. I personally think softer curves are ever so much more attractive than jutting bones and hollow eyes...but the biggest turn on of all is vibrancy and confidence!
labrys6 on June 8th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Arrrrgh, LJ sucks.
Tapati...that anonymous comment was me. The damn thing is still not signing me in about 50% of the time. Grrr, snarl, snark, snap at LJ.
Tapatitapati on June 9th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Arrrrgh, LJ sucks.
I hear your frustration!

Ruah Bull, my body image mentor, always used to say that just as we appreciate many different types and colors and sizes of flowers, finding them all beautiful in their own way, we should learn to look at women (or people) the same way. She would say that we have the power to find beauty in more places.
labrys6 on June 9th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Arrrrgh, LJ sucks.
I remember the way I judged myself (and others, of course) as a teen---by such a narrow, conforming standard. But as I aged and came to know people, I saw more beauty in all shapes, genders, colors...and AGES. The world is full of beautiful people now!
Mari Adkins: six hours latermariadkins on June 8th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Be as healthy in your lifestyle as you can be and let your weight take care of itself!

Exactly! As we all know, Dr Russell gave me a complete bill of health hen I went through my physicals through the Winter. I'm proof that you can weigh 230# and be perfectly healthy.
Tapatitapati on June 9th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, none of the obesity studies seem to take a look at those who eat good food and exercise. And of course it's nearly impossible to find fat people in America who never crash dieted, so we'll never know how much that played into the "obesity related illnesses."
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on June 9th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
perfect
Be as healthy in your lifestyle as you can be and let your weight take care of itself!

Well said and so true!
Tapatitapati on June 9th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: perfect
Thank you!