From Frugivore — Last week, Frugivore published an article about the growing number of Black “thinspo” photos and blogs floating about. Some people voiced concern.

I think it misses the target.

Instead of “thinspo,” we need “fitspo.”

I won’t hurl all the statistics about Black women and obesity at you. I’m sure you’ve heard them enough. Plus, I hate how the media always targets overweight people saying they are at higher risks of a) “the sugar” b) hypertension c) heart disease and d) the inability to find a good Black man but don’t refer to people with “normal weight” who have these issues as well.

And this is where I feel “FitSpo,” instead of “Thinspo,” can come in.

For “Fitspo” spans larger than looking a certain way. “Fitspo” bleeds over into your food choices, medical choices, and attitude. Instead of focusing on size, the focus is on being fit — physically, emotionally and mentally.

“FitSpo” for Me

I’m going to get personal. I’m starting (or restarting if I’m honest) a fitness journey.

According to the BMI chart, I’m obese. Funny, I don’t feel obese. I don’t have any health issues constantly thrown together with obesity. But, at 5’3 and 185 pounds, that’s where I’m at.

I’m a pescetarian, and steadily reducing my sugar and non-complex carb intake. I eat healthier than many of my skinny friends. So I’d appreciate it if the terrors of fatness weren’t tossed at me just because of my size.

(Read the rest at Frugivore)

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