If You Say The Word "Fat" Around My Kids, I Will Cut You

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Their self-worth goes far beyond the number stitched into their blue jeans.

"I'm sick of being fat," is what one of my mom friends said. I knew she meant, "I'm sick of feeling like crap."

You know the feeling: no energy, short of breath, can't keep up with the kids. But that's not what she said. What she said was, "I'm sick of being fat."

Fat is essential for the body; it's essential for survival. The fat in your body helps regulate and maintain body temperature, is an important source of energy, and helps your body to absorb nutrients such as fat-soluble vitamins.

Without fat, our bodies wouldn't be able to absorb certain nutrients; they'd exit our bodies without ever entering our bloodstream. Having fat in your body is a good thing.

Yet in this weight-obsessed society we've come to equate the word "fat" with overweight and unhealthy.

But people come in all shapes and sizes, and I want my children to know this. Just because someone looks a certain way (which the media has deemed "undesirable") doesn't mean they're unhappy or unhealthy.

I don't want my girls to grow up feeling ashamed of what they look like or what the scale tells them. I don't want them counting calories or exercising to lose weight.

I want them to eat what makes their body feel good. I want them to be active because it's normal and healthy, and because they'll feel better.

I don't want them growing up fearing becoming "fat." I want them to know that their self-worth goes beyond that tiny number stitched onto their favorite pair of blue jeans.

So instead, I ask you: Why are you unhappy with yourself? Is it because you feel like crap? If it is, then yes, please change something. Your diet or activity level might be a good place to start if you feel it's something that'd make you feel better. Because I want you to feel better.

But please, don't tell me in front of my young very impressionable children that "fat" is the problem.

This article was originally published at www.darcyandbrian.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.