beachlovinbbw 42F
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8/14/2006 12:20 am

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8/14/2006 10:51 am


"Self-acceptance" and "size-rights" mean a person is not degraded, demeaned, or denied the basic rights of human existence by themselves or others because of their physical size, whether large or small. It means being treated fairly and with the respect that any human being deserves. It means that no matter what ANYONE thinks of me or my body, they don't have the right to abuse me because of it.
Under no circumstances should other members of society deny someone their basic human rights based solely on their "distaste" for their physical appearance -- including fair housing, a job if their talents and experience meet the qualifications, freedom from physical and mental abuse from family as well as strangers on the street, and so on. When it happens as "racial discrimination" there is an outcry. When its "size-discrimination" it's tolerated, even encouraged.
Far too often, people outside an individual's range of "acceptable size”, are judged to be "unhealthy" and subjected to lectures about how people are concerned about their "health" and that they should expect better. "Concern" and "acceptance" are two very different things. Wrongly, people think "acceptance" means giving up and not taking care of yourself. That is FAR from the truth. In fact, the more accepting a person is of them, the more likely they are to take good care of themselves.
TRUE advocates of the "self-acceptance/size-rights" school of thinking do not preach that any physical size is right and someone of another size is wrong, whether large OR small. They do not preach that anyone should be fat... or that anyone should be thin, nor that you should -- or should not -- be attracted to any particular body type. They believe in the tolerance of differences in people's bodies and the belief that body size does not automatically make someone "good" or "bad", "right" or "wrong", "healthy" or "unhealthy".
Self-acceptance means not attempting to alter the size of one's body to satisfy the demands or attitudes of others, especially to conform to their criteria for physical "beauty". It means moving the body you have, eating healthy foods and NOT being a slave to a number on a scale or a clothing tag.
True advocates of the size-acceptance movement do not oppose losing weight and they don't condemn anyone who does lose weight. Rather they oppose "dieting" for the sole goal of losing weight because in most cases, dieting does not work in the long term nor does it guarantee a state of good health.
Instead, they believe that having an active lifestyle, exercising, eating nutritious foods and maintaining a steady weight, even if it's a high weight, is healthier than striving to maintain a weight that is "artificial" for their body by "dieting" and starvation. They've come to understand that losing weight is not always just a matter of "having some self-control", and that they are not a failure or success in life because of what they weigh.
People who have achieved size/self- acceptance have substituted the endless ride on the "dieting" roller coaster with a simple three-point health sanity plan:
1) eat a variety of truly healthy foods,
2) be active physically because it's fun and feels good
3) treasure your body as it is at any given moment.
Self/size-acceptance means not putting your life on hold because you are not a Size "___" (whatever....)

wildoats19622 55M
3530 posts
8/14/2006 12:52 am

Good words, people do more harm to themselves trying to be toothpicks than they do accepting what nature intends


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