I recently read an article about Octavia Spencer, the talented actress who played Minny in The Help. She said that she believes she needs to lose weight because "when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable." Really? This made me sad for her, and for everyone who feels like this. I realize she was probably including her value as an actress, but I know that people really do associate their body size with their self-worth--and it's not right at all.
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Hardly ever exercises
Stays inside most of the day
Eats whatever he or she wants
Never gives a thought to weight gain
Cleaning the house is an afterthought
Has no self control when it comes to cookie dough
Exercises regularly, often daily
Can run for miles at a time
Watches what he or she eats
Has gone for months without junk food
Cleaning the house is a priority
Keeps cookie dough cravings to a minimum
Embarrassingly, person #1 is me. Person #2 is my husband. Fair? No. True? Yes.
Is it possible that our bodies are not an accurate representation of our lives and habits? Do people see us and make assumptions about our lifestyles before they know the facts? You bet. That's our world. But it shouldn't be.
So . . . if the way we look doesn't accurately reflect what we do, then our weight should never be associated with our value as human beings. Never. Do you make judgments about a person's value based on weight? How about yourself? Then stop. Now. We are all equally valuable. You are valuable. The size or shape of your body can't change that.
1. Weight does not accurately represent habits.
2. Value has nothing to do with appearance.
And don't you forget it.