Have you been following the Meghan McCain body size debate over the last week? If you’ve somehow missed it, Lesley at Fatshionista has a good review of what’s gone on.
My take on it has to do with dismay, gratification and optimism.
- I’m appalled that a woman dissed Ms. McCain about her body size. Guess I shouldn’t be. But I like to think that women are leading the way away from size prejudice, and it’s just disturbing to see my belief so publicly challenged.
- I’m pleased Ms. McCain had a prominent, beautiful woman like Tyra Banks as a model for fighting size disparagement. Let’s face it, if Tyra weren’t beautiful, she wouldn’t have as much clout in this issue. But that gets into another subject.
- I’m hopeful these kinds of attacks are becoming more recognized as wrong — or at the least, politically incorrect. My hope stems from the fact that we’ve seen what began as a small number of voices over 30 years ago snowball into the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement, which is gaining significant momentum.
The basic tenets of HAES are the future of self-care, which is ideally what healthy weight is all about. The tenets — eating intuitively, moving our bodies regularly in order to feel well, taking care of ourselves in other basic ways, and accepting the bodies that result — are, in a way, about optimizing our genetic destiny. And accepting we are all different.
Hope, optimism, destiny. They’re all good words to help us keep on keepin’ on.
What words describe your feelings about the state of size acceptance?