This month I present you with an
illustration that mimics the very familiar image we see every
day in the media, featuring the triumphant plus size woman who
found a miraculous method to lose weight. The ďbefore and afterĒ
photograph. My illustration puts a fresh spin on the scenario.
The big girl is the hero in my rendition, on the side showing
improvement. Now please donít get me wrong, I am not against
safe, healthy weight loss by any stretch of the imagination. My
artwork featured in this article promotes a positive outlook on
the body you are in and most importantly at the size you
currently are. I donít like the way weight loss pill pushers
place their advertisements in every area that pertains to people
of size. Yes, I understand its business. There is something
about it that feels more like an intrusion. They even create
Facebook accounts posing as regular people so that their sales
people can friend you just to post ads on your wall. This is a
gesture I donít appreciate, resulting in me blocking them. I
refuse to have my artwork be used as a lure to pressure people
into purchasing weight loss products. That would be a gross
misrepresentation of what my artwork stands for.
Many plus sized people have gone
under the knife in order to have fat removed from their bodies.
It is the individualís right to choose this path. The size
acceptance community has been in existence for quite some time.
A lot of benchmarks have been accomplished in the areas
concerning discrimination against people because of their size.
There is still a lot of work to be done. Itís interesting
watching how surgery can instantly change membership status in
this community. Whatís even more interesting is what people do
once they are no longer plus size. There is a woman I know on
Facebook who used to be a very active leader in Yahoo bbw
groups. She is no longer a woman of size. I recently read
comments she made making fun of plus size celebrities. Itís
funny how we can firmly believe in a thing and moments later
forget where we came from and what it felt like to be mistreated
and disrespected because of oneís appearance.
The truth of the matter is that we should all be true to the
words we speak. Just because your situation has changed doesnít
mean your perspective has to completely change. If anything your
insight should be richer and help form a more informed
perspective. Love yourself as you are and donít allow others to
make you feel like less than you are. You deserve more than
that. If your desire is to lose weight, do it safely, and do it
for yourself. Make sure itís not for others, because after you
lose the weight they will just find something else to be
Hope you like this monthís illustration. Share your thoughts
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Iím looking forward to hearing from you.
Jean JNESS Nerestant
Large In Charge Magazine