We all are apart of a group or two on facebook, and they’re a great source of inspiration, shopping, celebrity updates, depending on what you want. And even though we may find the inspiring post here and there, we were really surprised by how touching and powerful this message that we came across in a facebook group for all things beauty, fitness and fashion.
Angy Aboud, Nutritional Therapist and founder of Angylika ,the facebook group where she posted these raw words on, really strung a cord with us all here at The Daily Crisp. We just couldn’t sit here and not share it with you. She had posted a picture of an “overweight” bride earlier and someone commented about how we shouldn’t celebrate obesity that way and make role models of “overweight” women!!
Here’s her reply!
Last week I posted a photo of a chubby bride with a caption about loving her smile and confidence. Someone responded with a comment that we should not celebrate overweight people and make them role models (someone I know btw and have all love and admiration for as a woman).
But I can’t help but feel angry since then, and wanted to clarify few things as a woman, a nutritionist and fashion enthusiast.
1. Every bride deserves to be happy on her day irrespective of her body shape, age or color. Sharing a photo for her here doesn’t make her a role model, so as many of the photos we share for friends, celebrities, and fashionistas.
2. Being overweight doesn’t automatically mean unhealthy. This does not mean that we promote obesity by any means, but we need to be educated as a society that being anorexic along with other types of eating disorders for example is far more life threatening than being overweight or type I obese in some cases.
3. Not everyone is obese by choice, many ladies struggle with serious medical problems including some very serious hormonal imbalances that makes losing weight extremely difficult without bariatric surgery. Those people work really hard to lose few hundred grams a month and are still persisting and pushing through.
4. In our culture we find it ok to comment about people’s weight openly, to crush daughters or friends or crucify them for not “looking after” themselves thinking that we are helping them. Surprise surprise, you are not, many are extremely sensitive to the topic so please consider this next time you comment on someone’s weight gain. There are various ways to motivate someone to eat well and workout other than commenting negatively on their weight in public (even in private).
Let’s support and motivate each other to be healthier without body shaming please. Share your healthy meals, workouts, transformation stories but let’s not attack or hurt one another.
Words to live by indeed! Thank you Angy for spreading much needed awareness when it comes to a sensitive topic like weight. You can find the post in her facebook group “Angylika” and contact her on Instagram @Angyaboud