Yesterday a friend posted a link to a blog entry called ‘So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed . . .’.
All of the comments on the link were overwhelmingly positive.
But to me, the idea that even family and friends will look past the blubber is a little weird. Sure I look at the latest photos of my family and think ‘yeah, its lovely to see them’, but I also think ‘good grief, that loved one has put some pounds on since the last time I saw a photo’ or similar…
I notice and I am sure that I am not alone.
So reassuring fat people that you look great to your family, when, well, you are actually obese, or more, seems wrong.
So I wrote a comment that basically said that I thought that the ‘you look great to your family’ concept was right up there with ‘everybody’s baby is beautiful’ and that rose colored glasses prolong the issues. Simply anyone that is tipping the scales at the obese level (or more) has a much larger chance of running into serious health issues later in life. Fat is not healthy.
I may have also suggested that in pretty much all of the examples, that they looked to me like they all needed to get there fat asses to the gym and stop inhaling calories. But as the thread is long deleted, I cannot exactly remember.
I did have the grace at least to mention that one of my personal motivators on my weight loss journey has been a photo of myself looking rather rotund.