Further on the health side, here's a new item that is a rare entity - an article that is mostly free of mixed messages, and is quite size-positive.
The title sets the tone right away:
"Why being a plus size is good for you"
That's right. Not just "okay," but good
Here are some highlights:
What people don't realise is that being a "fuller" woman is healthier than you could possibly imagine.
"The human body requires a certain amount of f** to function. When we force the body to extremes by starving and strenuous exercising, it switches over to its contingency plans in order to keep you alive...The heart is affected first, and later the nervous system and the internal organs," affirms Jacob.
According to Namita Jain, a Mumbai-based wellness expert, dieting can be worse for women than men. "Unmindful dieting can also lead to malnourishment, making the body vulnerable to many medical problems. Nutrients form the hormones in the body. So, when the body doesn't get enough nourishment it starts developing hormonal imbalances resulting in problems like disturbances in the menstrual cycle. It could also affect the bone health, leading to osteoporosis at a very early stage in life."
...A woman should have at least 8 to 11 per cent f** on her body and a man should have at least 4 per cent f** on his body. Beyond this can be good, but lesser can be detrimental."
Many of us have got so used to the fear of gaining weight that we overlook the blessings a few extra pounds bring with them.
Thinness is more of a fad and issue of self esteem than attractiveness and desirability, as men declare they are more attracted to women with fuller looks and natural curves...
People who are too thin may have a lowered immunity, making them more susceptible to picking up colds. They fall sick more often and take a longer time to recuperate than those who are a little overweight. Extra weight gives people the benefit of reserve f** and muscle, and therefore a stronger force of energy which helps them in fighting illness more effectively.
How refreshing to read an article which acknowledges something obvious, but what the media never acknowledges - that starving and exercising are harmful for women, and should be avoided.
It's also nice to see the article distinguishing between men and women, stating that women should be fuller, and men thinner. This accords with Classical ideals of beauty, which presented female goddesses as plus-size and men as muscular. Not only were those Greek ideals correct aesthetically, but health-wise as well.
The terminology in the article is excellent, especially when it refers to "the blessings [that] extra pounds bring with them"
(in terms of health and beauty).
Also, notice that the article explains that any weight that is "beyond"
the specifications is "good"
(that's right - for women, it is literally good
to be "over"weight), but a weight that is "lesser"
than the specifications is "detrimental."
If only the media published more articles like this, women might finally realize that weight gain actually improves beauty and health, while diet-starvation and exercise-torture ruin both.