1. I have gained 7 lbs in 5 years, and haven't grown an inch since middle school. Logistically, I should look like the tiny 8th grader I used to be
  2. But I don't. I have wide hips and a big butt, and my stomach is far from toned
  3. Now, I know muscle weighs more than fat, so that accounts for the absence of my major weight fluctuation.
  4. But I was a skinny child and I'm a curvy woman, and I've weighed more or less the same since puberty. So why in the world does society say that weight matters?
  5. Women are told to guard our weight with lock and key. We're told that anyone who asks to see our terrifyingly precious number is being rude.
  6. But it doesn't matter.
  7. Weight is just a number.
  8. A stupid, stupid number that causes societies to go bankrupt on jealousy and nauseated with demon-drunk pride.
  9. Sure, it's important to stay healthy, but our obsession with weight is overwhelming.
  10. And yes, we should all try to stay as healthy as we should. I'm a huge fan of that. I preach it on street corners.
  11. But when I look in the mirror and see an out-of-shape figure, I should want to change that for the sake of health.
  12. But the other day I actually sat and thought that I should lose weight.
  13. No, don't buy it. Don't lose weight, gain muscle. Don't lose weight, gain perspective.
  14. Because weight is -just- a number
  15. You're beautiful. You're gorgeous. You're so much more than just a number.