Buzzfeed recently released a video called, "I Fat, But I'm Not..." challenges the stereotypes associated with overweight people. In the video you see young individuals discuss how they don't struggle with their weight. In fact, they talk about how they lead healthier and active lives like any other thin or fit person.
The video sheds light on a growing problem in the fitness and health industry; the image associated with health and fitness today. What discourages a lot of people from starting their weight loss journey is that they associate the idea of being healthy with being thin. If you type in "fitness" or "weight loss" into Pinterest, or just Google it, you will find a barrage of images showing you how to get the body of an Olympian or Supermodel. (Like the photo shown here. Some go as far as starving themselves trying to reach that perfect body without realizing that the body needs to metabolize in order for weight loss to begin. One girl from the video put it best that her body does not metabolize fast enough, even though her friends, who are skinnier than her, eat more than her.
This video sheds light on the issue of fat stereotypes and shows a different side of the health and fitness industry through people who do not fit industry standards. Check it out and let us know if you agree with the message I Am Fat, But I'm Not... is trying to project.
What happens to a woman's wardrobe when they start losing weight? Do they go back to wearing clothes that are bigger than them to hide their excess fat or do they embrace their new bodies with the latest fashion trends?
I ask myself this, because recently I saw a very empowering video of a Ashley Graham's runway show for New York Fashion Week, which used models of all different shapes and sizes. For those who are unfamiliar with Ashley Graham, she is a lingerie model who got her start with Lane Bryant. Ashley Graham's "I Am Size Sexy" campaign is aiming to do away with referring to bigger models as "plus-size" and instead use the term curvy; going one step further with her collection of lingerie for the everyday woman.
"There are so many adjectives that you could [use to] describe my body, but the one I love is curvy,” -Ashley Graham.
Lingerie is a very risqué item for any woman struggling through weight loss to wear, because it exposes the most intimate and vulnerable part of them. A lot of women consider it a victory to be able to wear a two piece bikini in public, much less lingerie in private. Even though nobody else (with the exception of your partner) is seeing it, you are seeing it and sometimes you are your biggest judge.
As a woman who lost some weight recently herself, I realize that choosing new clothes for myself is a challenge, because I STILL have my curves and my biggest asset is my chest. Whatever I choose needs to be fitted to the top and the bottom, which is nauseating, because every big retail store I go to like Forever 21 or H & M has all these items made in China. Whenever I see a tag that says size 12, I want to laugh, because I can barely get the pant leg over my thigh.
Many women with curvaceous or bigger bodies are fed up, because searching for clothes that fit them has become somewhat of a treasure hunt.
So much so that a movie like the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants really resonates, because we have all gone through the exhilaration of finding something that fits us and suddenly wearing it everywhere.
In my case, whenever I find anything that fits me well, I become loyal to that brand, since that brand understands my body type.
But why don't more brands understand the average woman's body type?
Why is the fashion industry missing out on their greatest market; the curvy gals. With the average clothing size in the U.S. being between 12-16, more clothing brands would be making a fortune including bigger sizes and cuts that don't cut off a girl's circulation at the hips.
Ashley Graham's collection reminds me that my body deserves to feel sexy. The more we become comfortable in our own skin, the more we can start reaching our weight loss goals. Body positivity is a huge factor in weight loss, because it is our insecurities that impact our eating habits to begin with. Learning to love your body starts with looking in the mirror, so might as well find something sexy to put on.
Check out some more pictures from NYFW I Am Sexy show below.