I hate American culture.
So today, I was browsing through AOL news (not exactly the most credible source, I know) and the subject of Mischa Barton being fat kept on coming up. My curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to go ahead and look it up. Really, America? This is what you consider “fat?”
As someone who considers themselves a normal weight, I find that incredibly offensive. I’m a size 8, and I don’t consider myself fat. I eat fairly healthy, and while I don’t exercise that much I still get out. I walk, I do workouts at home a few times a week. I consider myself a normal, average woman. I am certainly heavier than her. So you mean to tell me that this girl, who is probably a size 2, MAYBE a size 4 in this picture, is FAT?
I don’t understand why America has such an obsession with being thin. Being obese is wrong, I agree with that, and I never want to be grossly overweight because it’s unhealthy. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a little meat on your bones. Clearly, Mischa is just enjoying life and eating more than just a cracker each day.
What really bothers me is the fact that it doesn’t just stop there. Other celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have been criticized, like Mischa, for being “fat.” How can people sit and look at that picture of Jessica and call her fat? Certainly she’s not rail thin, but what in God’s name is wrong with that? She just looks like a healthy, happy woman who isn’t chained to a diet and exhausting exercise. I still think she looks beautiful.
NEWSFLASH AMERICAN WOMEN: STICK THIN DOESN’T MEAN HEALTHY. You’d think living in a nation of educated people we would have learned that by now. But unfortunately we’ve been taught to look at women, mostly models, who strut around in their unnaturally “perfect” bodies and make us normal women feel like oompa loompas.
I hope that when I have children, especially if they’re girls, I’m able to teach them that being 6’3″ and 100 pounds is unhealthy and unrealistic. I hope that they can find good men (like mine) that don’t think lollipops are attractive. I wouldn’t consider myself an especially curvy woman, but I do know I actually look like a female and I’m proud of that. I love my body (most of the time) and my only motivation behind keeping my weight under control is being healthy. I think if a woman knows she is healthy and happy that’s all that matters. And besides, I’m a young adult, like these other celebrity women, and I feel like there are bigger problems in my life than my weight.
So, that’s my rant. The unrealistic expectations our culture has for women makes young girls hate their bodies. It’s no coincidence that so many women in America have eating disorders – seven million, to be exact. Don’t get me wrong, I totally support and encourage women to eat healthy and exercise, it’s part of leading a full and happy life. But doing strict diets and working your body to exhaustion are NOT healthy. I hope at least one girl out there reads this and realizes how ridiculous it is for people to think a size 6 or 8 is fat. It’s not. It’s normal. And nine times out of ten, it’s healthier than being sickly thin. So stay healthy, and stay beautiful!