the other day i stumbled across a raw vegan blogger, who i’m going to refer to as blogger x (keeping it anon because i don’t want to seem like i’m singling this person out). as a vegan who is always interested in new ways to give my body a healthy boost, i was instantly intrigued.
blogger x reminded me a lot of loni jane, who i’ve written about in the past. what i love about both of these vegan warriors is that they’re both strong women who realized they weren’t leading healthy lifestyles and took control by switching to plant based diets and giving their bodies the tlc they needed.
i personally love loni jane, but there was something about blogger x that was just rubbing me the wrong way.
i sincerely respected her journey and her focus on personal health, but something about her message just didn’t feel right. and that’s when it hit me. in one particular vlog, blogger x discussed the recent accusations that she was fat shaming. she expressed serious frustration over it, saying that she was in no way fat shaming and in order to overcome the obesity epidemic we have to be able to talk about it.
one one hand, i completely agree with her. in order to overcome an issue, we have to learn to accept and understand it. we cannot overcome something we refuse exists. that being said, my issue isn’t the idea of identifying and talking about the problem; it’s with what she believes the actual problem is.
blogger x frequently uses the words ‘obese’ and ‘obesity’ as well as ‘skinny’ and ‘thin’. what bothers me about this is that she uses them interchangeably with the words ‘unhealthy’ and ‘healthy’.
it comes off as if she believes the problem is ‘obesity’ and the solution is ‘skinny’. to me, this is totally wrong.
the fact of the matter is, people come in different shapes and sizes. now i’m in no way saying that someone being clinically obese and of an unhealthy bmi is okay. but i am trying to say that sometimes, just because someone isn’t stick thin, doesn’t mean they’re not healthy. and someone who is stick thin might not be healthy either.
size does not necessarily dictate our health.
i always get annoyed when i see things that advertise ‘getting skinny’ versus ‘getting healthy’. on some level i understand. rarely are people incentivized by the idea of being healthy anymore. and it’s easy to get someone excited about the idea of being the skinny self they’ve always wanted to be. but in the end, that’s not whats really important.
i mean sure it’s nice to be thin or of a more socially desirable size (for lack of better wording), but that doesn’t really mean anything. some of the skinniest girls i know eat potato chips and burgers all day. they’re doing damage to their bodies just as ‘obese’ people are. meanwhile, i know curvier, beautiful girls who are taking the time to get their fruit and veg on and it’s crazy awesome.
lets be real here. it shouldn’t just be about how we look, its about being healthy. for me, and for many vegans i know, this journey was not about being skinny. it wasn’t about losing cellulite. it wasn’t about looking cute in a bikini. it was about feeling good and knowing we were functioning at optimum levels. it was about doing the best thing for our bodies inside and out. it was about becoming healthy again.
we need to shift this focus away from becoming a size two and back to becoming a healthy person inside and out. just because you’re not model thin doesn’t mean you’re not healthy and beautiful.
again, i completely respect blogger x and all the good she is doing for the vegan community. she has helped many find solace in a healthy, raw, vegan lifestyle and that’s truly amazing. all i’m saying is that we need to remember that in the end, our internal health is more important that the size we are in comparison to others.
being healthy is not the same as being skinny. and being skinny does not mean you’re healthy.
we need to start to focus on improving whats within and take comfort in knowing that everything else will follow the way its meant to.
and above all else, love yourself. no matter where you are in your journey. each and everyone of of us is unique and beautiful in our own way.