Well-known, plus-sized model, Rosie Mercado was criticized by the public for her 240-pound weight-loss transformation. Mercado began her career as a 410-pound model and became extremely successful within the modeling industry. Following the birth of her children, Rosie felt that she needed to make a drastic change in order to keep up the hectic lifestyle of caring for her children. Mercado accomplished a 100 lb weight loss through a low-carbohydrate, low-dairy diet but had gained the weight back. She decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery and lost 240 lbs. Rosie Mercado stated that after her gastric bypass surgery, her modelling career really took off. The public has been criticizing her weight-loss claiming she caved into the influence of society. Read the full article here.
Despite the fact that Rosie Mercado was beautiful at even her heaviest weight, her health was incredibly poor due to the excessive fat she carried on her body. Losing weight after struggling with obesity is not something that the public should criticize, but provide their help and support. As someone who has always struggled with their body-image, I have found that it is essential to encourage women to eat plant-based foods and exercise to maintain health, not a specific body-image. Mercado needed to lose weight just as someone with anorexia nervosa needs to gain weight. It is not for vanity; it is for health. A countless number of health conditions can result from obesity and someone of such a heavy weight should be working towards weight loss regardless of the reason. Rosie Mercado’s lifestyle change was specifically fueled by her love for her children and wanting to have the mobility to care for them. What was an incredibly wise choice by a woman who truly needed to lose weight, is now something that is being criticized by people who are not actually concerned about her health. It is extremely important to promote all body types, however, the public should respect her decision to reach a healthier and happier self.
I feel that our culture has moved from an era of fat-shaming to an era of skinny-shaming. Both extremes are unhealthy and neither one is constructive for either party. It is a relief to be living in a culture that is moving towards encouraging body peace, but it is essential to remember to promote proper health as well. We should all be living a healthy life, regardless of our size. For so long I have lived in a world where I was embarrassed to be myself. I didn’t know why my body was sticking out of the thin mold our society had created. I felt like nothing. I don’t want people to feel like nothing anymore. I choose to support Rosie Mercado because she’s caring for her body in the best way possible no matter what her physical appearance may be.