Healthy is the new beautiful

Susannah Schrader

Though I do not generally fit into plus-size clothing, I have always been slightly larger than other girls my age.

It bothered me greatly during my childhood, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more comfortable with myself and have been able to accept the fact that I am never going to be a size 2.

That’s not the way I’m built or the way that my metabolism works, and I’m okay with that. In addition, the rise of the body positivity movement has helped build my confidence some.

However, I think there are some major things wrong with the body positivity movement.

I am absolutely all for loving yourself and accepting your flaws, but I do not and cannot advocate for complete acceptance of morbid obesity.

Plus-size model Tess Holliday has become increasingly popular over the past year or so. At 5’5 and weighing in at close to 300 pounds, Holliday is morbidly obese on the Body Mass Index Scale.

While Holliday is stunning, she’s unhealthy and telling young girls that obesity is okay is not a good thing.

I am in no way saying that you should hate or criticize yourself. What you should be conscious of, however, is your health.

Being overweight should not be a beauty concern, but rather a concern for one’s overall health and well-being. After all, beauty doesn’t mean anything when you’re dead.

People are built differently, and no one is going to be the same size. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, so the only thing that’s important is health.

No one has any right to tell you what to do with your life, but I urge you to consider lifestyle changes if you have any health issues that are within the scope of your control.