Our society has become so politically correct that we no longer can just accept that people are fat. We have to tell them that “big is beautiful” that “you need to be comfortable in your own skin” etc. By no means am I suggesting that we should fat or body shame, but big is not always beautiful. I’m not talking about outside appearance, I’m talking about how being overweight is rediculously unhealthy for your body. I’ll take one for the team and share my body mass index. I’m 5’5 and roughly around 123 pounds. According to the national heart, lung, and blood institute my BMI is 20.5, normal weight ranges from 18.5-24.9. So I am right in the middle of the spectrum, however I have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and low amounts of protein. Once again, I am in the middle of the BMI spectrum for NORMAL WEIGHT. Lets take someone who is 5’5 and 173 pounds, 50 pounds more than me. They have a body mass index of 28.8, overweight is 25-29.9 and obese is anything over 30. They would be 50 pounds more than me, and close to being considered obese. Think of all the health problems I told you I have at a normal weight. Well, what does obesity do to you? Again, according to the national heart, lung, and blood institute, being overweight/obese can cause coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, abnormal blood fat, metabolic syndrome, cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, reproductive problems, and gallstones. Nearly all of these have the underlining word, death. Death from being fat, death from not taking care of your body. Think about it, your heart now has to pump more blood than it ever has, your veins have been stretched out to accommodate your growing body. It’s not healthy. I encourage everyone to get a blood test, see where you’re at health wise, watch what you eat, and excersize. DO NOT fat shame, but lets end the stigma surrounding big people, it’s great to be comfortable in your own skin, but what are you compromising by pretending this isn’t a problem?