If you’ve been a reader for awhile you know about the film American the Beautiful by Darryl Roberts. It’s a film that looks at America’s obsession with beauty and “how these increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry’s largest consumers.”
Last year we raised funds to bring Darryl and this film to the University of Texas at Austin. It is an incredible film and I highly recommend it (you can even get it on Netflix).
His newest project is America the Beautiful: Health for Sale, which “deals with our unhealthy health standards and the ensuing fallout from expecting an entire nation to fit into a ‘certain BMI.’”
That film has its red carpet premiere tomorrow today (March 5th) at the IAEDP symposium (the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals). I will be at the red carpet premiere, and the reason that I will be at that premiere is that I am in the film. I was interviewed a few weeks ago to provide a response to some of the not-very-health-at-every-size interviews that he had done.
I can’t even tell you how pumped I am. When I started this blog what I was hoping for, and what I continue to desire, is the biggest possible platform from which to give people the option of Health at Every Size, and let them decide what they want to do.
I never, ever try to tell anyone how to live (and oh how I wish that people would give me the same courtesty!) but it breaks my heart to think that there are people who hate their bodies and feel that they can never be healthy until they are thin: they are yo-yo dieting, feeling helpless and they don’t even know that there is another option.
I can’t stand that there are people who have never considered exercised for any reason other than to try to change the size and shape of their body. There are people who think of every meal as a battle and every trip to the gym as punishment.
There are people who are treated really badly by friends, family, personal trainers, doctors, and perfect strangers, and they believe that they deserve it – that their body size determines their worth or lack thereof and that they deserve to be abused and ashamed until they are thin.
That’s fine if it’s how someone chooses to live but I think that choice means that they’ve been given all of their options and picked one. I think that people should know that there is an option that allows them to love their body now, pursue health without also pursuing intentional weight loss, be at peace with their eating, and enjoy moving their body for the sheer joy of it.
The pressure’s mostly off me because I don’t feel the need to convince anyone else that they should live like I do. Once they know about the option, they can choose whatever they want.
So keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow I’ll have another chance to give people an option.
- Don’t swear
- Don’t be an idiot
- Say what you came here to say
IAEDP here I come!