Hot Topic: Type 2s and the New Beauty Definition

By Kittiebitty Latest Reply 2017-06-17 11:47:42 -0500
Started 2017-06-15 10:21:08 -0500

As some of you may know, women with C-section scars, stretch marks and are heavier are being more and more accepted in the beauty industry.

Are we then saying being unhealthy is okay? My fear is a lack of trying to battle type 2 diabetes from growing.

I, myself, are on the fence about this. Not everyone with some fat is unhealthy. It can be empowering to accept your own body.

5 replies

GabbyPA 2017-06-17 11:32:27 -0500 Report

There are risks with just about anything. Too thin, too thick, too much screen time, too little sleep. I know I would be healthier if I lost all of my weight. It's a constant struggle for me, but I keep working at it. At the same time, I work to keep my spirit beautiful and my body as healthy as I can for where I'm at. I believe it's the whole package that makes a person beautiful.

I guess what I don't like is how people judge by appearance alone. If you don't know me, you don't know I have lost a lot of weight, even though I have a lot to go. You don't know if that thin person has a chronic heart condition and so on. We do need to embrace ourselves where we are at. Not that we don't want to improve, but I do try to make sure I am using solid examples of health, not trendy ones or super model ones.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-06-17 11:47:42 -0500 Report

I think people tend to forget that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I once had a rail thin security guard come into my office on her first day of work and tell me I am fat. I had never seen her before. My response was. "True I am fat but you are ugly, I can die thin but unless you change your attitude, you will die ugly" She was livid. It was also her last day at the hospital.

If people spent more time worrying about their own problems and finding ways to fix them, they would not have time to be concerned with someone's weight, health or other things that really isn't any of their business.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-06-15 21:11:17 -0500 Report

The fashion industry realized that they were omitting us curvy girls with all of their fashions geared to women who could hula hoop with a Cheerio. They are not saying it is healthy they are showing that heavier people are also beautiful.

The Italian Fashion Industry in Milan is no longer using models who look anorexic to be models. The problem is that young girls are dieting to the point they become anorexic because they want to be thin like a model or their favorite pop star.

Dani Mathers the Playboy Bunny got sued for body shaming. The question is who are you that just because they are overweight they are unhealthy. Not all overweight people are diabetic, have high blood pressure or other medical problems. Will they develop those problems, possibly.

Gabourey Sidibe the actress from Prescious and Empire said, "MYOB - mind your own body. It's important because I don't happen to have the kind of body that we usually see on television and in films. I am plus-size. I have dark skin. And I am 100 percent beautiful. But I get a lot of flak - oh, you should lose weight. And now that I have lost weight - and I lost weight for health reasons - I get, you look good but don't lose too much weight because your face is starting to sink in."

I love that she said this. Beauty and health are two separate issues. What it boils down to is people living their lives in the bodies they have and not let others dictate what their standards of living should be. There are just as many thin people with diabetes and other medical problems.

haoleboy 2017-06-15 12:04:16 -0500 Report

not sure beauty and health are necessarily linked
an example would be "Heroin Chic" of the 1990's … pretty sure no one thought Kate Moss was healthy