Fat and Happy

I’m about to go on a big fat diet. I hate diets. I don’t do diets. I could try and make it sound better by saying that I’m about to “take better care of myself” but the reality is that I’m going on diet.

Why?

It’s for work. Well, obviously there’s the side benefits of better health, easier shopping expeditions, and perhaps turning my triple chin into a double but mainly it’s for work. I’ve agreed to be the brand ambassador for a clothing line and I want to do the job properly. At my current weight I fit into the larger sizes, what some would could the plus sizes, losing a few kilos/cms will mean doing a better job of showing off the range. It’s a really great clothing line and I want to do it justice. Let’s be clear, the clothing line is more than happy to have me at my current weight but vanity is also at play.

There’s a weight loss ad on the telly in Australia at the moment that’s slowly been getting under my cellulite. It appears to be innocuous enough in the beginning. I won’t mention the product, they don’t need the free publicity. The ad focusses on a woman who’s lost 15 kilos. There’s a running commentary from her friends and family though-out the 3o seconds of footage. Footage of a women whose hair is bouncing, whose skin is tanned, whose teeth are white. She’s happy. I know she’s happy because her family and friends keep telling me. I’m paraphrasing but the general consensus from the older relative and similarly svelte friends is “She’s so much happier now that she’s lost the weight”.

I call bullshit.

Being skinny doesn’t make you happy, it just makes you skinny. Yes, life is possibly easier, it’s definitely easier to shop for clothing. Easier to get out of your car when you’re parked too close to the one next to you in the car park. 🙂

But it doesn’t make you happier.

Thinner people still suffer from depression. Thinner people still get hurt. What thinner people don’t have to do though is feel uncomfortable about their weight. There’s no shame. Maybe what her friends and family should have said is that she’s been more comfortable since she’s lost weight. But that would have been a bit of downer wouldn’t it?

My diet starts next week (in the meantime, it’s going to be a cracker of a week this week). I’ve bought the fitbit, the weight tracker, the food manager and I’ve got my eye on a new pair of tracky dacks. I figure I’ll start up the Fat Face Skinny Face Facebook Page again if anyone wants to join me.

Losing weight at my age makes sense. It’s dangerous to be overweight as you get older. My risk for all sorts of cancers, or heart disease diminishes if I lose weight. Let’s not pretend though, while I’ll be healthier I probably won’t be any happier. My happiness doesn’t depend on my weight – now that would be really unhealthy.

How about you? What makes you happy?

 

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