Really? I’m all for introspection, but when did self-improvement become a crusade to have people beat themselves up at every turn? Is being overweight something so disturbing and core deep that people have to blame the essence of who they are? Now, you have a bad personality if you are heavy? Why do we have to make things so overwhelming? Sometimes people eat too much. No hidden demons here--just too much food. Sometimes, it’s age and a change in metabolism that isn’t met with the necessary adaptation. Sometimes, it is limited knowledge (food companies don't make it easy) about the right kinds of foods. Sometimes, it's confusion from the million new articles on what to eat and not to eat--ORGANIC, RAW, PROTEIN, WHOLE WHEAT, GLUTEN-FREE! And sometimes, it’s that trying to find healthy food during a normal busy day is as easy as trying to navigate the Water Temple in Zelda 64 and as cheap as flying first class on a spur of the moment trip to Singapore. I think we can do without the personality finger pointing on this one. Really, people, stop beating yourself up. It's okay to love yourself even if you weigh more than you should. You don't have to attack everything, even down to who you are. For your health, eat less, exercise more, and above all please, please be kind to yourself.
- Diana Munoz Stewart
- Bucks County, PA, United States
- In addition to her award-winning young adult fiction, Diana Muñoz Stewart runs her own company providing content for websites and blogs on health, writing, and family. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rowan University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine. When she’s not writing, she can be found kayaking in her backyard or hiking with her kids and the man who’s made her heart race and palms sweat since their devoted teen years.