“Impossibly thin is so ‘in,’” my friend Donna sighed. “Why wasn’t I born when Reubens was painting his full-figured women?” Donna has a generous body, but though she’s a large woman, she’s not obese. She walks two miles a day five days a week, and easily lifts ten-pound weights. But Donna is obsessed with what her scale says, and hers says 172 pounds.
Maybe that’s why I like Queen Latifah and actress Kathy Bates. Both stay physically fit, but their bodies are as robust as their talent, and they’re not trying to “skinny down.” Why can’t we acknowledge that beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes? And it’s okay!
From my book, GRACE ON THE GO: Quick Prayers for Determined Dieters, here is one of my favorites: