A fine line: What really is "Plus size"

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Now its Thursday and that means me writing about something to do with fitness and health, so today I thought i'd write about a topic that probably is a controversial one. I mean a fine line between two things, the way that some people will call someone who is clearly obese a healthy weight or "plus size. Before I start i would just like to point out that all views are my own. Now please don't mistake me and think that I am calling all people who are plus sized obese because I am not! I am saying that some people use this term and should not as they clearly are at an unhealthy weight and should be encouraged to lose some of the weight.

 I know people will read this and think that I am calling all people who are above the average for weight obese but I'm not, all I'm trying to point out is that there really is a line in which more people should consider between someone being on the heavier side of things and being called beautiful. People do really need to take into account more of the health benefits of being heavier side and weighing more, I think that's one thing that is overlooked personally. For example if a 5"4, 20 year old woman weighed 19 st and was a size 24 she would be considered plus size, (this is considered very obese by the NHS)  surely we should realise that this is an unhealthy weight for a person and instead of being like she looks great, what we should really say is that this may not be the best for her at this size and encourage her to lose some weight?

I think that people have become accustomed to it and has gotten out of hand, again I'm not saying all people who are slightly overweight (a couple of stone) should change but the ones who are size 22+ should try adopt a healthier lifestyle  . I believe that companies have contributed to this complacency with weight and this is wrong, they should be at the forefront saying that this is an unhealthy weight to be and should try encouraging them to lose some weight to improve their own lifestyles.

Of course muscle mass has to come into it when talking about weight, you could be in shape, but have a higher muscle to fat ratio and still be classed as overweight, I understand this fully and am not disputing this, I am talking about the fact that if someone is clearly overweight and we can see this why would we not try and encourage them to drop down into a healthier weight? would you say the same to a skinny person? of course people would encourage them to get to a healthier weight, so why is it not the same for the opposite size?

I know this has seemed like a post aimed women, but it counts for males also, the term "plus sized" is not used alot in the male fashion industry and for some reason, people seem to be more complacent towards men being overweight than that when compared to women, this is wrong! If you asked me to compare the two I would not have any prejudice towards the gender of the person. The reason why I have used the term plus size is because it is such a widely used term in fashion these days and I personally really don't think that when someone is on the extreme of a bigger size, they should be told that its normal. Yes! they are a beautiful, I'm not disputing that, but calling them normal or glorifying their weight is, in my opinion wrong and gives them a false pretence.

Since my original post has been uploaded I have received a flurry of tweets saying that I am evil and judgemental and that its words like mine that have made people fell like they don't deserved to be loved, or to feel bad, Of course I understand that this is a very sensitive subject and when originally writing this post, i understood what I was letting myself in for, Of course people will have opposing views, that's society. If people have any problems with this post then single me out, direct your hate/views toward me, some people have been under the assumption that my girlfriend has had the same views, this is not true!! she opposed them from the off, the fact that she got some hate because of this is the main reason why I took this post down originally and not because I feel like I have said anything wrong. I stand by my opinions fully and I am entitled to them. Thanks for reading


For an opposing view on this matter check out http://www.dungarees-and-donuts.co.uk/2015/03/why-im-against-fine-line-what-is-plus.html

8 comments:

  1. I've just nominated you for the versatile bloggers award, check out my post to find out the rules: http://aymielouise.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-versatile-blogger-award.html Love your blog btw! xx

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  2. If you don't think fat people are 'encouraged to lose weight' enough already, you must be living on a different planet to me.

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  3. I think maybe worry about your own size and leave it at that. You don't know the reasons for any body else weight whether they're big or not. Worry about yourself and definitely don't use a controversial topic just to get page views.

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  4. Oh my god, as if these people aren't judged enough already?! WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE?? Why can't you just care about yourself - you do what's best for you. I do what's best for me. For example, I may love working out. I DO IT BECAUSE I ENJOY IT AND IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. NOT TO PLEASE SOCIETY. I may be a different person who loves eating because IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER AND RELIEVES MY STRESS AND I DO IT WITHOUT CARING WHAT SOCIETY AND JUDGMENTAL PEOPLE LIKE YOU THINK OF ME, I ENJOY EATING SO I WILL EAT. This post makes me furious, you don't think society gets enough critique about their bodies?? SHUT THE FUCK UP POSTS LIKE THIS ENCOURAGE EATING DISORDERS AND SELF HARM AND NEGATIVE THINGS THAT ARE WORSE THAN BEING 'PLUS SIZED'. I AM FURIOUS

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    1. Is it wrong to care about other people? I think it is a thing that needs to be at least talked about or we will end up as a country with more problems with health and dealing with it, yes people do get critique on their bodies a lot but that critique seems (in the media anyway) to be posted toward being underweight and not overweight, this is were the problem is, being obese is becoming some form of social norm for some people and it's wrong, I don't understand how this post would cause anyone to self harm. Could you please explain? I'm furious too, furious that it's becoming the norm to eat more and not to eat healthy

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  5. Firstly, I am very sorry that you and your girlfriend have been getting nasty tweets (I've been reading her blog for aaaggesss and hate to see that happen to her)! I don't agree with you posting this though, I tend to agree with the other comments and I can understand why they are furious. But calling you evil isn't exactly going to help them explain their point haha. You say that you care about other people but what if they are happy that way? Screw health for a second, 'cos we all die in the end anyway, it's not your place or anyone else's, except for a Dr if they actually have a health problem, which they might not, to tell them this. As far as I'm aware you are not a dr yet you've said "anyone size 22+ should try to adopt a healthier lifestyle" dude it's sooo not your place to say that, it's none of your business! I'm sure you get bothered when people get all up in your business! And yup, it's also sexist. Women can do what we want with our bodies, at what we want, do what we want, LIVE how we want. I've repeated this a lot but it's important: it is NOT your place to be saying this.

    I hate the phrase "entitled to my own opinion" and also "freedom of speech" yup sure you can say whatever the hell you want, and ofc you are entitled to your own opinion. But that doesn't mean you have to express it all the time. Saying "I'm entitled to my own opinion" says to me "I know I'm pissing people off but I don't care about your feelings or your opinion". Doesn't really say you genuinely care about people.

    I could go on but you said you're not budging on your opinion which is a shame since it is a very damaging, sexist opinion. Your entitled to it of course, doesn't mean it's not damaging and sexist. Of course it also doesn't mean you deserve to be called evil, I wish people could just accept their differences more and if everyone had a little more respect for each other and were kinder, this world would be a much more peaceful place than it is now.

    I was going to unfollow but I've enjoyed others of your posts so I'm gonna stick around give you another chance :)
    amber love

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    1. Damn, I meant "eat what we want" not "at what we want"! :/ also before you latch onto it, men can obvs do what they want but men face a lot less pressure than women on this topic which is why I specifically said women. When was the last time you read a blog post written by a woman saying that men should lose weight? I have never ever seen something like that! This is all too common men thinking they have the right opinion on your bodies. Make decisions on your own body, if you don't want to be 22+ then fine, good for you. Leave everyone else out of it!

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  6. Oh my god another fecking typo! I'm sorry for the comment spam! It should be "...have the right opinion on OUR bodies" not your bodies cos yes you make decisions for your own body haha! Phew that could have been a bad misunderstanding... I'll shut up now lol.

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