I recently came across a blog that made me smile from ear to ear that I just knew I had to share with you, my dear readers. Since I wrote about body image strife in the last e-zine, I thought a nice, empowering follow-up would be an introduction to my new ‘health-at-every-size’ champion, Ragan Chastain, a large woman who’s an award-winning ballroom dancer and creator of the fabulous blog, Dances With Fat.What impressed me even further was watching her dance videos! Boy, can that woman move…and so fluidly. Check out her videos, follow her on twitter, and even better, learn to love and accept the body that you have; regardless of it’s particular shape or size.
I’ll end here with a quote from Ragan herself:
“I believe that basic respect and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not size dependent. I believe that it is impossible to tell somebody’s health based on their size. I believe that public health is about making options for health affordable and accessible to everyone, not making fat people’s bodies the public’s business. And I believe in respecting whatever choices others make about their bodies, whether or not they are the choices I would make.
I started to compete in partner dancing – I just wanted to be a fat dancer but it turns out that I had to be a fat activist to get that done. I blog because there are people who hate themselves and their bodies because they don’t think they have another choice, because there are people who diet only because they think it’s the only way to pursue health. I’m not trying to tell anybody how to live. I respect other people’s choices about their bodies just like I want my choices to be respected. My goal is and has always been to let as many people as possible know about the options of Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size.”