“Inside every overweight woman, is the woman she knows she can be.” – Oprah Winfrey.
What is Wrong With This Statement?
Inside every overweight woman, is the woman she knows she can be…”. This was part of Oprah’s statement for the weight watchers campaign. “For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that. So all of the people who are saying, ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am’ — I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart. It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family.’’ -says Oprah Winfrey
Melissa Harris Perris (American TV Host) Countered Oprah’s Statements. She said “I’m thinking to myself ‘But O! You are already precisely the woman so many are striving to be. Who you are, what you have accomplished, how you have influenced and altered the world is all so much more important than your dress size. There is not one thing that you have done that would have been more extraordinary if you had done it with a 25 inch waist.I worry as a mom and as a woman about the messages our daughters receive if they think a woman as phenomenal as you is still not enough unless she is thin.”
Who is right? Who is wrong? Does the truth lie somewhere in between?