Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.
I have a dream that we’ll focus on cultivating healthy habits instead of remaining chained to the numbers on our scales (or calipers).
I have a dream that airbrushed images will be a thing of the past.
I have a dream that women’s magazines along with TV and movies will feature people of all shapes and sizes.
I have a dream that women’s magazines will stop perpetuating body shame and food guilt and empower us instead.
I have a dream that we’ll stop bonding over bashing our bodies and counting calories. That instead we’ll talk about our dreams, and laugh more.
I have a dream that we’ll start enjoying our lives right now, instead of waiting until we’re supposedly deserving at X pounds.
I have a dream that the media — movies and TV shows included — will stop stereotyping and typecasting fat people.
I have a dream that people will stop apologizing for their appearance.
I have a dream that schools will stop outlawing cupcakes and other foods to control the “obesity epidemic.”
I have a dream that our government focuses their energies on promoting enjoyable exercise and movement, eating competence and size diversity, instead of dieting, weight loss and other methods that don’t work and only further body hatred and discrimination.
I have a dream that diet supplements and pills are taken off our shelves.
I have a dream that people will give themselves unconditional permission to eat and nourish their bodies.
I have a dream that people will genuinely enjoy eating dessert instead of feeling an overpowering, palpable guilt like they’ve committed a sin.
I have a dream that we’ll stop determining people’s health by their appearance.
I have a dream that doctors will stop recommending diets for kids and adults.
I have a dream that parents won’t feel like failures if their kids are fat (and our society won’t judge them that way either).
I have a dream that everyone will realize that you can’t hate yourself to health and well-being.
I have a dream that you’ll love your body and yourself just as you are, in all your powerful, wonderful glory.
What is your dream?
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Last reviewed: 3 Mar 2014