It’s Okay To Be Fat (Day 15)

This fabulous piece is written by Golda Poretsky, Founder of Body Love Wellness. If you have been struggling to see yourself as beautiful because you feel you are fat then try saying “It is okay to be fat, I am fat and beautiful.”

The fact that it is okay to be fat.

Think those words to yourself:  “It’s okay to be fat.”  How do you feel?  Do you feel more relaxed?  Do you think that might be true, but not for you?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about the “war on obesity.”  There’s a lot of money in it.  There’s a $60 billion a year diet industry in the U.S. that banks on your hatred of your own body for its profits.  There are major pharmaceutical companies who want you to take their diet drugs until it catches on that they’re deadly so they can push the next diet drug on you.  There are doctors who make their livings in plastic and bariatric surgery who might have to go bankrupt if you, collectively, decided that it’s okay to be fat.  Even our own government might not be able to push shame and blame on to fat kids in an effort to divert attention from two ongoing, interminable wars if we all decided that it’s okay to be fat.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means.  These are just facts that are in plain sight.  Diets don’t work.  They cause more problems than they seek to fix.  There are some benefits to being fat, just like there are some benefits to being thin.

There is no money in telling people that they can be happy just as they are.  There are no dangerous side effects, and no drugs to create to lessen those side effects.  All that there is is a peace found within, a deep knowing that you are valuable no matter what the scale might reflect back to you.

So knowing that it is okay to be fat, to look like you do, to move like you do, how might that change your life?  Remind yourself that it’s okay to be fat today, and let me know how it goes in the comment section below.

About Golda

After spending nearly her entire life dieting, Golda decided in 2007 to stop dieting and start listening to her body.  In 2008, she founded Body Love Wellness, a wellness company that provides individual and group counseling from a Health At Every Size perspective. Using her background in nutrition and holistic health, she now counsels women and men on how to get off the dieting roller coaster, give their bodies what they really crave, and love their bodies and themselves.

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About isabelrasmussen

Three generations of women in my family raised me until first grade, amongst them I was taught how wonderful it was to be a girl. In my tween years I was confronted with many of the social challenges other girls face and my self confidence dwindled. I think it was going from being so proud of being a girl to struggling so much as a girl and reading of all the struggles that women faced that motivated me throughout my life. I received her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies at UW and then worked in domestic violence and as a community organizer in San Francisco. At 26 I took the opportunity to live in Guatemala for a year and West Africa for a summer. I returned to the US and in 2008 obtained a Green MBA at Dominican University in San Rafael.
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