Dear Tanya Gold & @telegraph ,
I write this open letter with a heavy heart. First & foremost, as a mental health counselor who specializes with eating disorders and body image, but second as a woman in larger body. I’m writing this in response to the article you released on the problem with the larger bodied Nike apparel.
Make no mistake, your article enraged me. But the clinican in me believes that you don’t know better. The clinician in me believes that the only possible reason you would speak with the rhetoric you did: unawareness & your own pain.
There were so many things I’d like to address, but will highlight just a few:
1. Fat acceptance is the premise to basic respect - a human right. Even in a large body, I deserve human decency, respect and unbiased medical care.
2. You can not know a person’s health by looking at their body. Thin or fat, healthy or unhealthy - size does not determine health & all deserve respect.
3. It’s not healthy at every size - it’s the right to pursue 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 At Every Size. To me, health is physical (diet, exercise, sleep, water, bloodwork). But it’s also more than that; it’s mental, emotional and spiritual.
If you agree that health is physical - then why are you are trying to dissuade a company from providing workout gear for the woman in the larger body? Or is she not welcomed in the gym either?
I encourage you to do some research on weight stigma, fatphobia, &eating disorders. You’ll find that because of rhetoric like you used in your article, young girls are more afraid of being fat than dying of cancer or losing both of her parents.
I for one am very grateful for company’s like @torridfashion & @lanebryant and now @nike who provide workout clothing for people of size to be represented in their advertisement. Movement is not just for small bodied people; it’s for every bodied people.
I would love to engage with you in a dialogue on this subject, so if you are interested, you know where to find me.
I pray you much health & happiness in your life - a right all people should be entitled to regardless of their body size.
Brianna M Campos, LPC - 7 days ago