Tess Holliday clapped back this week against those she called, “concern trolls“, declaring that ther health is no one’s business. I agree with Tess. Her health is nobody’s concern but her’s but it did cause me to look at my own health and define what I consider to be a “healthy” version of me.
Is the healthiest version of me thin? Not necessarily. Is the healthiest version of me a certain set of measurements. Nope. What is health then, in a world that fat shames, peddles diet pills, counts calories and reduces women’s value to measurements?
The healthiest version of me is doesn’t cry in fitting room because I’m not squeezing into a specific, idealized size. The healthiest version of me does not look in a mirror and automatically think, “You’re so fat.” The healthiest version of me does not reach for the control top shape wear every time I have to go out of the house for the most mundane errand. The healthiest version of me doesn’t care about what the advertisers say or the celebrity gossip rags say about what parts of my body I should feel insecure about. The healthiest version of me is the version of me that doesn’t mind the jiggles or the cellulite so much.
The healthiest version of me is the happiest version of me. The healthiest version of me is the version of me that’s compassionate to the woman I am today, all my layers. The healthiest version of me is the version of me that knows that I am worthy just because of who I am. The healthiest version of me is the embodiment of self esteem, no matter what the scale says.
Health is whole body, whole mind, whole spirit experience. It’s not set of measurements or how you look in a photo. Embrace your whole self and whole health this week.
Follow Actress & Producer Kristin West on her adventures, whether on a movie set, at a film festival or on her travels. Kristin co-hosts What Women Want Talk Radio on LA Talk Radio and is a contributor for MOGUL & Domain of Horror.