Sunday, July 04, 2010
I just wanted to repost this question & answer from my formspring, because I think some of you may be interested in my answer.
Don't you think you should do something about your weight? I mean, obviously, it's not healthy. I'm not hating on you or anything, don't get me wrong, it's just... you're putting your health at a lot of risk.
Weight in itself is not actually putting me anymore at risk than someone who smokes, someone who drives a car, or even someone who is just simply alive. There will always be "risks" to our health in every aspect of daily living. Someone who boils a kettle is at risk of scalding themselves, someone who walks around is at risk of tripping over and breaking their knee. Yes, being overweight can lead to health problems, but for a lot of people it doesn't. Same as not everyone who drives a car gets injured in a crash. I am not even going to try and argue that I am even remotely healthy in my actions, yes I eat a lot of crap & I don't do any exercise. I am a "bad fat". But what about someone with a healthy bmi who eats junk & doesn't exercise? Are they more healthy than the fat person? But I do believe there is more than the physical aspect of health, there is also mental health too, which in many respects is far more important than physical health. Dieting can often put someone's mental health at risk, but society views this as okay, because obviously we all "need" to have a perfect bmi, or we are going to die of a heart attack at age 35. Societal pressure to be thin can wreak havoc with a persons mental health. Look at the rising numbers of Anorexia & Bulimia just for one example. Depression is also often a contributing factor to other end of spectrum disorders, such as Compulsive Overeating Disorder, and Binge Eating Disorder. Looking after my mind is far more important to me than worrying about any possible illnesses I may get due to being overweight. If I walk down the stairs, I may fall down them, if I go on a train, I may die if it crashes, If I eat an egg, I may get salmonella. I can't live my life worrying about what "may" happen, that's not much of a life at all
Written by Georgina Doull at 21:59