Sorry, Daryl, but you are full of excrement.

It is possible to be larger than the Metropolitan Life weight standards AND STILL BE HEALTHY.

No, of course, not all heavier-than-thou women fit that description.

But health isn't about girth or what shows up on the scale. MANY "overweight" women by your standards (which I assume are closer to "too skinny to be healthy, really -- tho you'll never admit it") models.

The black model second from left is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS in my view. Damn, I'd love to have that body. I guarantee you, that is NOT unhealthy. To achieve and maintain that kind of beauty takes WORK.

What YOU apparently see is an "unhealthy" woman because she is not some skinny white girl. Black women's bodies RARELY fit the Metropolitan Life standards.

Doesn't matter if they consistently work out. Doesn't matter if they eat healthfully. Doesn't matter if they are equally concerned with their health, but you decide because she's not skinny as a rail then she MUST BE unhealthy.

White standards for beauty and thinness are a crock of excrement.

And I say that being a white woman who weighs far more than you think I should but who works out in a pool 5-6 days a week and follows guidelines for a diabetic diet -- with an A1C of 5.8, just barely across the other side of what counts as "diabetic."

My body is curvy. I get lots of positive attention from men -- tho, frankly, I don't want it. All the good men were snatched up by smart women a long time ago. I get that attention even tho I am 73. Of course, I don't LOOK 73.

Your assumption that women who don't fit white model standards have to be unhealthy is absurd. Do you know what her heart rate is? Do you know her blood sugar? Do you know ALL THE OTHER markers of good health can be solidly good but you can still have beautiful curves like her?

People like you are enforcers of standards that do not actually take into account the markers of good health other than what shows up on the scale and what doesn't fit the absolutely absurd anorectic dress sizes of which you apparently approve.

Curvy, to you and to so many other white health fanatics = fat. Even when those curves are maintained by daily exercise and healthful food. About which, apparently, you don't bother to ask. You believe you can tell how healthy she is simply by noticing her wide hips and bust.

Sorry, but your ignorance of what counts as health is appalling. Stop imposing your biases on women who don't fit your skinny-as-a-rail expectations.

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Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith

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Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.