This is a BIG Topic for Good Girl's Daily Smalls: FAT GIRL COSTUMES AT WALMART. Healing and Wellness isn't about being skinny and strong. I am over-simplifying things when I say that true health and wellness is about having compassion and understanding for others in addition to feeling good about yourself and the choices you make. Ugh, I know, I know, it's a big duhhh, but I just read LoserGurl's latest post and wanted to share it with you.
I've been following LoserGurl for a while now. It's an amazingly well-written blog by a teenager named Ally. LoserGurl is anything but a "loser" but I understand the irony in the name she chose for her site. At this point in her life, Ally is 15 years old and overweight, but she is working through things, BIG things like how to change her life around, not the size of her waist.
She has an awareness about Life, far beyond her years, and loves herself enough to put her story out there so that others, too, might heal. She's making choices to turn her life around and in doing so has put herself on the right path to wellness. It takes A LOT of courage to do this. So why then would it ever be OK for Walmart to advertise FAT GIRL COSTUMES? It's not OK. It's never OK to knock people down to build yourself up, whether you're a corporate giant or a play ground bully.
Bad Form, Walmart. Being overweight is complicated and it takes years for individuals to unravel the internal and external factors that contribute to it. Walmart could choose to help the overweight people who shop there or it could choose to hurt them. If you were Walmart which would you choose?