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Why plus size isn't a bad thing

Plus Size Lingerie model wearing a leopard print bodysuit

Men and women come in all different shapes and sizes. We know this. It has been like this for as long as people have been around. Yet in this day and age, there still seems to be a stigma around the size that people are and that there is meant to be an ‘ideal’ size. It is very unfortunate that there is still this stigma and it really does need to be changed. Those who are classified as plus size receive a lot of negative comments from those around them in regards to their size. However, the size that you are should not matter. Being plus size is not a bad thing and should not be treated as such. Being plus size does not determine the type of person that you are.

Size doesn’t matter

The size that a person is should not determine your thoughts on that person. Just because someone is classed as plus size does not mean that they are any different from you or I. Size is just a number and when speaking to someone, hiring someone for a new position or choosing someone to babysit your children – you should not bring their size into the equation.

If you have built a relationship with a person say online or on the phone before meeting them in person than your judgement should not change once you meet them.

Get to know the person

It is that simple. Getting to know a person is the best way to form an opinion on them and whether they are a good fit for what you are looking for. Knowing what a person is interested in, what their work ethic is and learning about their personality is the best way to know a person. Not by looking at their overall appearance.

Confidence is gold

Being plus size does not mean that a person is going to be lacking in confidence. A person's confidence comes from the inside and that is the most important thing. If a person is showing confidence it means that they are happy within themselves, proud of who they are and ready to take on the next step of their life.

Plus size does not mean unhealthy

This is another stigma that needs to be changed. Many people associated plus sized with being unhealthy. This can be totally untrue. Some of the healthiest eaters I know, who spend many hours a week exercising as well as plus size. Being unhealthy can be a factor when it comes to the size of any person and it should not be labelled with one type of body type.

Start to educate

An important aspect that needs to be addressed around the stigma of plus-sized people is education. Many people are now starting to acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with being plus size – which is great. However, there are still plenty of people that seem to have their own personal issues with it. This is where you need to educate people and stand up for those who are plus size. In many cases, those who are plus size may not want to cause issues or ruffle the feathers by speaking up. This is where we need to be an advocate and speak up. Let them know that we are there with them and support them.

Media needs to change

The media is a big part of the way that we see certain things. They have a way with words and images to make us read and believe whatever is put in front of us. This can be seen on many different levels including parenting, political, sporting and body image.

The media needs to start being more equal and accepting of all types of lifestyles and not shaming people for their choices.

So remember, plus size is not a bad thing. It is something that has always been around and will always be around. So we need to be accepting of people of all walks of life, of all their lifestyle choices and be happy knowing that we have a range of different people around us.

A size is just a number, a number that has no effect on your life and should not come into any equation at any time.