According to researchers at the Harvard Medical School, being my friend or family member can make you fat. To my loved ones out there, I'm not sure I really am sorry.
The researchers believe that the causation may be that seeing fat people who you care for is going to change your opinion or ideas about being fat, yourself. Gods, I sort of hope this is somewhat true. I hope that by seeing me, or reading about my journey to acceptance of my body, that you too will find yourself hating your body less. I hope that you will no longer feel the need to starve yourself in order to get approval in this world.
I also hope that such changes will help you become more aware of the things your body wants and needs...a varied diet and to move within its range of abilities to keep it healthy and vital. We take better care of our cars than we do of our bodies (I mean really, would you deny your car oil or gas then try to drive it halfway across the country?). This needs to change. We need to recognize that our bodies are precious resources for ourselves, first.
Do I really want you to be fat? No. I want you to be whatever shape or size you are. I want you to know that I love you for who you are, not what size you wear.*
*Although, if we wear roughly the same size and you have extra clothes you're getting rid of, let me know. I do love me some free clothes.