You wouldn’t know it by the image of society today, but back in the day, it was considered profitable to have curves. Men would desire to be with curvier women because it was thought that if a woman was curvy or overweight, they were of wealth. It was assumed that they had the finances to eat whatever they wanted. Also, men didn’t want a woman who was presumptuously, unhealthy or not strong enough to take care of things.
Another assumption, was that if a woman was of larger capacity, they were more likely to bear children. After giving birth, stretch marks on the wife were considered a “trophy” of sorts to her spouse.
Why have things changed so much? Our minds are programmed to think that if we are overweight, we are less of a woman than we are meant to be. I have always had the mentality that I am fat, therefore, I’m ugly or not worthy of attention.
Not knocking skinny girls… I know that they have their body issues also.
My body image in my mind must cease as is. As long as I strive to be healthy and live a healthy life, I don’t have to obsess over my weight issues. It takes up too much of my thought process. I am created in God’s image, therefore I can not put down His creation.
Songs of Solomon paints a picture of the bride as a well endowed woman, stating that ‘thy navel is like a round goblet…thy belly is like a heap of wheat set about with lilies.’ (Songs of Solomon 7:2)
So, if your on the skinnier side and have a “pooch” or stretch marks, it’s more than OK. It shows that you have life or have given life! If your overweight, like me, it’s OK also! (As long as we aren’t practicing gluttony or indulging EVERY meal. LOL)
And, if you still feel bad about yourself, (because I do at times and it does get depressing), pray for God to help you change some of your situations. He can change your cravings, give you will power, and motivation. We have to do our part though.