I just finished reading Jasmin Singer’s memoir entitled Always Too Much and Never Enough.
This book is a heart-wrenching tale of an amazing woman, who spends most of her young life attempting to figure out who she is and what she stands for.
For those unfamiliar with Jasmin, she is an animal activist and long-time vegan, who fell in love with running, almost accidentally.
The book explains the teasing Jasmin endured for being overweight in school, along with her own self image issues which somewhat stem from her mother’s own self image obsession.
Her book left me analyzing my own experiences as an overweight person, as well as the shifts I am experiencing as a thinner person.
Jasmin discusses a phenomenon not typically mentioned in the media, which is the way in which heavy people are shamed and thin people are celebrated.
While I definitely feel this is a real issue in American culture, I also feel that when a person loses weight, confidence increases and self image often times improves. When this happens, a person presents him or herself differently. Rather than trying to blend into the background, attention becomes anticipated.
While the way a person presents themselves may effect the way others treat them, this is not the whole situation.
Our culture teaches society that there is something wrong with being heavy, while reinforcing weight gain through the promotion of addictive junk food, lack of nutritional education and an overall reduction of the importance of physical activity.
Then, a whole new market opens for those who have gained weight and want to lose it to meet society’s celebrated status of thin. Weight loss pills, wraps, fat burners, and even prescription drugs are everywhere to help reduce your waistline in a rapid amount of time.
Here’s the best part…at no time during any of this are Americans taught about healthful eating and proper exercise/self-care.
It’s a never ending cycle, and many people are never able to become comfortable in their own body. Jasmin discusses this in her memoir as well. It’s hard to find yourself in a body that you’ve never felt was truly yours.
I highly recommend giving Always Too Much and Never Enough a read. It’s a moving story of how Jasmin finds her path in life as a vegan animal activist, while learning to love herself along the way.