I am fat. Well, okay, I'm overweight. I'm not obese (regardless of what my BMI is), but it's obvious that I am not an "ideal" weight for my height. I'm in the process of losing weight -- not because I want to fit in with society's views of how a woman should look, but because I had hit that point where I realized that my weight was having a negative impact on my health, and because my family has a lot of weight-related health problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease) that I'd like to avoid. I've lost more than 30 lbs through Weight Watchers and intend to lose about 30 more (although, to hit my "ideal" BMI, I should lose about 60 more ... I'm just not sure where it's coming from, unless I remove a couple of limbs and maybe some vital organs ...).
I am not ashamed of my body and never have been, even when I was at my heaviest weight (221 lbs on a 5'1" frame). I look at Hollywood starlets like Keira Knightley, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan and think that they're
the disgusting ones. (And not because they're size 0/2s ... I know women who are tiny sizes, and they're perfectly fit and healthy. There's a big difference between being a naturally healthy, fit size 0/2, and looking like Skeletor.) I applaud the celebrities who embrace their curves: Scarlett Johannson, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore. I'm a curvy woman, and will continue to be curvy even after I've reached my goal weight -- there's no shame in this, and I refuse to let the media and our weight-obsessed culture make me feel bad about the body I have. So long as I'm fit, healthy and happy, who gives a
how much I weigh?