Plenty of interesting replies in this thread. It's a touchy subject because many people have so many thoughts on this issue. Sure, the media isn't helping at all...but truth be told, if you believe evreything you hear on tv, you won't live a very happy life now will you. I am overweight, have been all my life....but I'm pretty sure that I'm more fit than some skinny people.
Because, one day in highschool, we were doing cross country running...and I couldn't keep up...Sure, I thought my weight was the cause of it, so I began to work out. And I have been ever since. I try to work out three or four times a week for about an hour. Sometimes I have the energy for it, sometimes, I have to kick myself in the butt to get out of bed, but I always feel better when I come home and take a warm shower after the workout, I feel proud of myself.
I'm 22 now and I haven't gained weight in I would say 2 years. I don't really loose weight anymore, but my body is much more toned that it was. I watch what I eat but treat myself to the occaisional chocolate or chips, but I don't stuff my face in it all the time. I think people who make themselves sick to be thin are desperate and let me say it, just stupid...I know that changing your lifestyle takes days and even years of ajustment and compromise...but I would rather to that than seeing my health deteriorate and risking my life just to please the public eye.
Yeah, some people still stare at me sometimes, but I stopped caring a long time ago.