Fat is not a synonym for ugly

 

The message that society thrusts onto overweight individuals is that if you can’t lose weight you aren’t enough. You aren’t strong enough, you aren’t disciplined enough, you aren’t active enough, you don’t care enough, you aren’t smart enough, you don’t want it badly enough. You. Are. Not. Enough.

Studying to be a dietitian isn’t easy, it is a highly competitive degree and at my age there are limited pathways available. For two years, day after day, I had the strength to keep showing up, I had the discipline to study, I had the smarts to achieve a GPA of 7.0; there could be no doubting that I wanted it badly enough. Throughout all of this I ran an average of 15-20km per week and I became involved in a host of extracurricular activities; I am certainly active enough. On top of all this I am a wife, a mother, an artist, a cook and a dog lover.

By any standard you could possibly imagine I am enough yet every achievement I just listed suddenly became diminished by society because I have stores of body fat.

I’m not buying into that nonsense horseshit any more, and neither should you.

I have spent enough of my life hating my body and by extension hating myself. It’s time to move in a different direction.

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