Yesha Callahan

WWJCD

Everyone has seen/heard the saying, “WWJD?” (what would Jesus do?), right?

Well my question today is What Would Jenny Craig Do (WWJCD)?

My question today is when do people draw the line? Yes, having great self-confidence is always a good thing, BUT, when does it get to the point where you stop and think about your health and well being?
There’s a thin line between love & hate and also between thick & obese. It’s a common fact that overweight and obesity in the U.S. occur at higher rates within the African-American & Hispanic communities. Heart disease and diabetes should not be a symbol of pride. Both of those diseases play culprit in the deaths of minority men/women on a daily basis.
Obesity should not be a fashion statement. More often than not, it becomes a death sentence.
I remember growing up as a kid, I was always the ‘chubby’ one out of my siblings. Strangely enough, I was never ridiculed by classmates or friends, but more so my own family members. I was called every name you could think of and it did nothing for my self-esteem of course. Recently I was listening to Little Brother’s song, “Good Clothes”, and this verse definitely struck a chord:

I used to go to my mom, like I’m tryna be fresh
Told her look at my closet, you know your boy look a mess
So we hopped in the car, headed straight to Sears
At the time I was bigger than the rest of my peers
As we got on the floor, it was embarassin trust me
The saleswoman walkin straight over to husky….
There were countless times during shopping excursions where I would get frustrated because the kids clothes were too small and the women clothes were too womanly. So I was stuck in limbo. The irony of it all when I was growing up, was the fact that no one gave me options or tried to help me. Instead they aided my bad habits with late night snacks, fast food and junk food.
I truly think the one thing that saved me from being an obese adult was my height. By the time I was 16 yrs old, I was 5’10. I went from being labeled the ‘fat’ girl to the ‘tall’ girl. My height was definitely an intimidation factor and I think it all prevented a lot of ridicule.
Thankfully, I didn’t get any taller, so the 5’10 height I peaked at when I was 16 has not changed. Presently, it’s still a struggle sometimes to maintain my weight. I think I’ve tried just about every diet there is some I had success with, others were just gimmicks.
Through the years I developed a better self-image of myself. I learned that there is no ‘easy’ or ‘quick’ fix, just like everything else in life, staying healthy is hard work. I may not be a size 6 and will possibly never be smaller than a 10, but when I look in the mirror I see someone who is healthy, inside and out.

 

  1. January 3, 2008 - Reply

    You wrong for that photo Yesha.

    I had no idea you were a chubby baby.

    Wow. I was always teased for being too skinny. By everybody, family, friends, and strangers.

    Not anymore!

  2. January 3, 2008 - Reply

    There is that line between “thick” and “obese”, but in my very humble opinion, that line has been drawn too close to “thick.”

    There seems to be (in the overarching culture) this absolute obsession with being thin.

    What’s not important isn’t (again, IMHO) the size– but the *strength*.

    You may be a “well-rounded” woman, but are you a strong (physically) one? Can you walk up a flight of stairs? Can you walk all day through the mall without it completely wearing you out?

    Fat seems to jump onto women more than it does to me; but under that fat there are often strong muscles and bones. And if you can do whatcha gotta do– how much does anything else matter?

    And– as a (not-quite-completely) OT aside- in my 50 years of schlepping around this planet, I never met a truly sensual skinny woman. 🙂

  3. January 8, 2008 - Reply

    5’10” size 10

    Sounds like perfect.

  4. January 21, 2008 - Reply

    FIRST OFF I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT BLOG…..

    YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS PICK CONCERNS ME. I FIND THAT SOME OF US FALSELY CLAIM CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES BY CRITISIZING OTHERS.

    THIS LADY POSED FOR A PIC…SO WHAT? OBESE PEOPLE CANT POSE FOR PICS NOW?..REGARDLESS IF SHE WANTED HER PIC EXPOSED TO THE PUBLIC OR NOT SHE IS ENTITLED.

    I FEEL THAT SOME WOMEN HATE THE AUDACITY OF OTHER WOMEN BECAUSE THEY DONT “REALLY” HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES…”HOW COULD SHE DO THAT?”..IS SIMPLY SAYING THAT “YOU” DONT HAVE THE GUTS TO DO THE SAME.
    MENTIONING HEALTH REASONS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO “SOFTEN” THE BLOW. DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT A POSING OBESE PERSONS HEALTH?..HELL NAWW!

    IM NOT ANGRY, OR MAD YALL..

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