Being thin really isn’t about health, anyway, but about social class and control.
Social class and control, my lovely friends of many sizes. Look at the chubby little face in this user icon. This is the face of someone who is healthy and, if I read the rest of the article right, someone who is likely to live longer than someone who is my height but thin.
Weight has thus become a moral issue couched in health concerns. Got that?
I will quote a bit more:
"Two years ago, federal researchers found that overweight people had the lowest mortality rate of any weight group. Investigating further, they were able to link causes of death to specific weights. Obese people had more deaths from heart disease, they reported last week. And thin people? They had more deaths from everything but cancer and heart disease.
But there were 100,000 fewer deaths among the overweight than would have been expected if those people had been of normal weight. This is what might politely be called the chubby category, with body mass indexes (a measure of weight for height) of 25 to 30. A woman, for instance, who is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs between 146 and 175 pounds."
Mind you, this is not obese (the weight when your joints start failing you, you know what I mean), and we've still got heart disease and cancer, but it's time to start looking in the mirrors and saying, "I look normal and healthy" and stop letting this freaking class/fashion/ CONTROL thing take our brains over. I have two friends in particular I'm aiming this thing for and I want you BOTH to look at yourselves and say, "I'm gorgeous just the weight I am."