The real message isn’t that being heavy or thin is the ideal. Its self acceptance that’s ideal. Its being healthy that is ideal. And in a world of healthy women, we just have accepted not everyone was built to be a size 4."
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2011
While Oprah Winfrey has reached millions of fans who have shared in her weight struggles over the years it has been notably rare to see an actress or model who is plus size in the limelight.
Recently however, that trend has seemed to be changing course and there is a smattering of outside the box lead actress roles to prove that, including: Gabourey Sidibe's Oscar nomination in 2010, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva show cast a plus size actress in the lead role, ABC Family’s new show Huge boasts a curvy cast and a storyline focused on plus size teens, and last but not least, the hit series Glee is receiving buzz about its plus size character and her increased story line that includes a love interest.
“Seeing more women of different sizes and shapes in the media being defined as more than their weight is a start”. Nicole Irvin, spokeswoman for E Global, LLC, owners of HotPlusSizeLingerie.com, which launched both its site and its “Sexy is not about Size” campaign this year. “But the real message isn’t that being heavy or thin is the ideal. Its self acceptance that’s ideal. Its being healthy that is ideal. And in a world of healthy women, we just have accepted not everyone was built to be a size 4.”
While most studies link excess weight to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and death there is also evidence in the medical community that supports the idea that a healthy weight may not necessarily be the leanest aesthetic often portrayed in the media. Survey data following more than 11,000 adults conducted by researches with Statistics Canada, McGill University and the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found that participants with a body mass index of 25 to 29.9, which is currently considered overweight but not obese -- have a survival advantage over people with either higher or lower BMIs.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), a non-profit civil rights organization aimed at “ending size discrimination in all of its forms. NAAFA's goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life” has commented on some of the recent media images of people of size as while there is still controversy as to how accurate and or helpful Hollywood’s increased portrayal of people of different sizes is, it does seem that on some level a greater acceptance of different sizes and shapes in Hollywood may be starting to take place.
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