I STAND for honest design communications and a visual culture that caters to reality. Bodies will always be diverse. Wellness is attainable for every body.
(Took me long enough, but I finally submitted to the I STAND series!)
but weight really can dictate your health?
am I being really ignorant here? of course your weight doesn’t dictate your worth, but it certainly affects your general bodily health and wellbeing if you’re within the morbid obesity category or very underweight.
isn’t it impossible to be that overweight and still be healthy? if your weight impedes your movement/breathing/gives you diabetes etc.? or if you’re so underweight your bodily functions are slowed or stopped? just because you’re thin it doesn’t mean you’re healthy by a long shot, but if a person is morbidly obese could they really call themselves ‘healthy’?
just because a big person can be an awesome sportsperson or be generally fit, surely that doesnt negate the fact that many people’s health is dictated by their weight, and is the only cause for their health problems
or is this more about how weight is used to portray health in the media? maybe i’m just missing something and misreading though, im not trying to hurt anyones feelings at all, but that first part of the sign just doesnt make sense to me
being fat does not automatically condemn a person to poor health. and even if it does, it’s not really anyone’s business aside from the person who belongs to that body, and we should avoid policing other peoples lifestyles. nobody likes a concern troll.
every body has the capability to be healthy or start a journey to wellness in the body they have now, and they should have the right to find the level of health they need without bringing their body size or anyone else’s expectations into the equation.
we all live and exist in the bodies we have whether we’re healthy or not, but you can’t make that assessment by simply looking at a person. fat is in some cases an indicator of poor health, but so is being “too thin”, or looking green or something, or sometimes people look perfectly normal but are perfectly unhealthy.
the bottom line is, your weight doesn’t dictate anything about you, your health or your worth. you do.
if you’d like to learn more about this, please feel free to peruse my list of resources and links.
Hey hey hey I wasn’t trying to be a ‘concern troll’ I was just asking a question about something I didn’t understand about a poster. I already said I understood that your health or worth shouldn’t be assumed by how you look in my reply - it’s just the word ‘dictate’ tends to give the connotation of control over something. As in your weight has no control over your health, which it can.
And the statement ‘weight does not dictate your health’ can make it sound like it’s not talking about how to view a person, or that everyone can attain health and wellness no matter their size, it more sounds like it’s saying that weight does not affect personal health. Maybe it was just the wording? I wasn’t trying to be an asshole with my questions, it just came across to me differently from how it’s intended to.
I’m doing some reading, and maybe you could put your reply to me as the description to the poster for other people like me who aren’t that informed, who just saw it scrolling through their dash? Because your reply was a good understandable explanation of what it’s about. A lot of people, including me, dont see stuff like this that much so dont understand your message already.
To cut a long story short, thanks for clarifying things for me, but not everyone who views your poster is going to be intimate enough with your message to understand it fully off the bat. The message most people have been given about health is pretty simple and fatallistic(overweight=unhealthy, thin=healthy), and not everyone who views it would bother reading further, they’d just walk or scroll past not getting what you’re trying to say(which is really good and positive and people should read about)
I didn’t mean to accuse you of concern trolling - just that they exist and are troublesome and I’ve had a lot of concern trolls reblogging this poster.
When I first posted it, I had no idea the kind of response it would receive. I intentionally left the wording as is, without any description to back it up, in an attempt to spark conversation about the subject.
Your response isn’t the first of its kind. It’s a gut reaction to the message, like a reflex - “but OF COURSE weight dictates your health!” I was interested in figuring out why this reaction was so common and I’ve learned a hell of a lot about it.
I actually dedicated a post to talking about the reactions and why I launched it the way I did.
Over time the thing has collected over 6,000 notes and served as a catalyst for some pretty awesome discussions as well.
Thanks for contributing :)