I came across this on J.K. Rowling’s website recently that I thought really reinforced the point that weight is not an end unto itself, but rather just a simple, gross measure of health. Rowling states that she would rather her daughters be independent and interesting than “thin.” Sometimes its useful to keep in mind that things that we most hold dear are things like health and happiness, which leads me back to two thoughts that we’ve touched on before:
1) A person’s worth is not defined by their weight
2) The end goal is not necessarily weight, but rather health, happiness, and living an informed, sustainable lifestyle.
Have a great week,
“Maybe all this seems funny, or trivial, but it’s really not. It’s about what girls want to be, what they’re told they should be, and how they feel about who they are. I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls. Rant over.”