Disclaimer: This article neither encourages you to be completely lazy and lie around all day nor asks you to give up on your dreams of having your dream body. We won’t be held accountable and can’t be successfully sued for false representation for any of this. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s dive in shall we?
It is popular belief that the ideal body size is being slim. When you are slim, you are automatically considered fit and healthy while when you are fat, you are deemed unhealthy and are constantly goaded to engage in rigorous exercises to slim down and become ‘fit and healthy.’ This belief begs the question ‘are fat people truly more prone to diseases than slim people?’. The answer to this question is still pending as there has been no conclusive research that successfully answers this question. Although people with slim bodies are probably on a diet of nutritious contents while fat people fill up on junks and other related food sources, in the broad sense, it is never okay to fat shame anyone (probably a word should be coined for this, sizeism anyone?) as we are all humans reportedly made in the image of a Supreme Being.
Over the years, numerous stars have come out to encourage people to be proud of their size and discard what society thinks of them and their health status. Songs like Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass and Alessia Cara’s Scars to Your Beautiful are both examples of ways celebrities have tried to persuade people not to succumb to the derogatory remarks and stares of the society.
As stated earlier, this article does not ask you to stop your workout routine because you can also be fat and healthy. No, this article simply aims to squash the popular belief that you can’t be healthy if you’re not slim.
Kelly Clarkson is the latest in the line of celebrities who have come out to shame people who think a perfect body equates to being perfectly healthy, and being fat automatically means you are not healthy.
The musician is doing her part to get rid of the common misunderstanding that slim bodies are healthy bodies. The former American Idol winner reiterated to Attitude magazine that she felt under pressure to shed some weight after the release of her critically acclaimed 2004 sophomore album, Breakaway, a period that she labeled a “very dark time.”
Clarkson said “When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself,” “I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared because aesthetically you make sense.”
Clarkson subsequently shared that she overtrained during this period, eventually hurting her knees and feet, saying and I quote: “I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet, because all I would do is put in headphones and run,” “I was at the gym all the time.”
Knowing the media and their ability to twist the most innocent words and turn it into something completely different, Kelly Clarkson went on the social media platform Twitter after the publication of the interview to make sure some of her comments that could have been misread or completely taken out of context pertaining her weight in the past. In her tweets, she emphasized that thin bodies are not synonymous with happiness and health.
Just to clear something up. I wasn’t ever miserable because I had to be thin. I said I was miserable & as a result I became thin. https://t.co/N1uhyOWqMb
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 24, 2017
Basically, all the singer and songwriter is trying to pass across is that just because you have a slim and gorgeous body on the outside doesn’t automatically guaranty you all life’s greatest things and immunity from all forms of sickness. You never know, you might just have some disease on the inside, and the fact that you are rocking that slim body doesn’t guarantee you safe passage to a sick-free paradise.
Clarkson’s new album “Meaning of Life” goes out today, October 27th.