(Pt2) That you should love it because sometimes you can’t do anything about it. But then you go on to say that you should eat healthy and be active and to treat your body right.
No. I don’t see this as being contradictory at all. Not even in the slightest.
I did not say that being healthy meant being a size 0. I did not say that being HEALTHY meant having a flat stomach. YOUR healthy is different from MY healthy is different from the healthy of someone who was diagnosed with cancer last year is different from the woman competing in the olympics.
HEALTHY is not a beauty ideal. HEALTHY is not about how you look.
Because there are people who are a size 0 who are extremely unhealthy and people who are a size 24 who are extremely healthy!
Do you have to run marathons to be healthy? No! Can you eat bacon and cake and still be healthy? Yes!
HEALTHY IS NOT ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK! HEALTHY IS NOT A BEAUTY IDEAL!
Everyone gets to love their body RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE and JUST HOW THEY LOOK right now.
But, as a medical student, I see every day how dangerous it can be it to not take care of yourself. So I encourage BOTH healthy lifestyles AND body-positivity.
These two things are NOT the same.
(However, I believe that the two DO go hand. If you love your body you’ll take care of it and if you start taking care of it you’ll love it. And you get to decide what your version of “taking care” of yourself is—and its different for everyone. So you can chose how much you want to work out, or how you want to eat. That’s your call.)
So I don’t see how me encouraging healthy lifestyles AND body-positivity is a contradiction. At all.
Because living a healthy lifestyle keeps your body healthy—and being body-positive keeps your mind healthy.
So be healthy AND be beautiful AND be amazing AND be happy AND be strong AND be wonderful.
None of these things are contradictions—and it’s not a multiple choice test where you just have to pick one.
You get to be all those things if you want.
ALL OF THEM (or some subset there of, if that’s what you want).
But personally—I want you all to pick the “all of the above” option. Be happy AND be healthy—because you are so worth it.