The new surgeon general (Regina Benjamin) has just put out a statement that urges a change in the way we frame the conversation on obesity. Rather than focus on negativity, she aims to focus on the positive aspects of being fit and healthy at any size. I just… want to sing with happiness and hope!
If she takes that one step further and begins to break down the assumptions (which are still there at the start of her own clip) that being obese/overweight are causes of certain diseases then I think we will have certainly made a huge shift in how this world looks at and treats Being Fat. Further, with hard work this could lead to finally realizing that making changes to access to the means of “Eating Right” and “Being Active” is crucial.
I’m just so filled with hopeful joy right now between her encouraging words and my small victory.
Which is good since I have my lovely 5-minute annual check-up in a few hours, wherein my doctor will use methods that STILL seem archaic to me to feel if my ovaries do, indeed, still exist. :p
And now for the clip, which is less than 1 minute long and has subtitles: