I wanted to address a photo that has sparked outrage in the last week. It started after Caroline Berg Eriksen, who is a fitness blogger and wife of famous soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen posted a "selfie" 4 days after giving birth. To be honest I don't know who they are, I don't follow soccer, but I guess they are a big deal in Europe. For all of my older readers, a "selfie" is a picture taken of yourself by yourself, and generally posted to some form of social media outlet. The reason this photo has sparked outrage is that she is in a bra and underwear, and like I said earlier 4 days after giving birth. And to be honest, you would never know that she gave birth, she has a flat stomach, and that's why everyone is in uproar. If you didn't see it you can see it here...
She has been called everything from insensitive to even a "bully". Now the term "bully" gets thrown around pretty easy these days, heck I even used it in my blog yesterday. But I did it with sarcasm, everyone is a bully! We have became so Politically Correct in our country, and to be honest I think that is one of the problems with our nation. Everyone is scared to hurt anyone's feelings. Eriksen is a bully because she's fit? And proud of it? She's a fitness blogger, shouldn't she be fit? I would hope so.... What if I find it offensive how overweight everyone is? Is that bullying? Do you get my point?
I think some people aren't taking in to consideration a few things, like first, she probably worked her butt off during her entire pregnancy, eating healthy, exercising, so that she would bounce back quick. What are we mad at her about? If anything I would think that it would be motivating....
Now if I am coming off as insensitive, I apologize, I know it can be hard to recover post pregnancy. And I am educated enough to know that some people bounce back easier than others. But I will say that from experience, pregnant patients, friends, family members, that many women do not take care of themselves during pregnancy. I also know from experience, what it is like to live with someone who worked their butt off during their pregnancy and post baby to get in the same shape she was before, and I will say that a lot of people have made comments to her like "it just comes easy to you" or "your'e just naturally thin". What they fail to realize is how hard my wife works out, how healthy she eats, and how determined she is.
I applaud Eriksen, congrats on the new baby, and congrats on working your butt off and being an inspiration to some and I guess a "bully" to others. With over 2/3's of the US population overweight, is this really what we need? To be worried about hurting people's feelings? News flash: Obesity kills, so does heart disease. And maybe not all of us can look like Eriksen (some of us may not want to either) but no one would argue that is in everyone's best interest to reduce the obesity epidemic in this country.
Im also aware of people having body image issues, and that many models starve themselves to get on the runway and can create a negative comparison for women. Along with all the touch ups and photoshop in media. But this wasn't the case with Eriksen. She is a fitness blogger, meaning she works out, she eats, she doesn't starve herself, and this was taken with her cell phone, no photoshop.
But to call her a "bully"? Please, I think Eriksen is getting bullied, by jealous people. We are so politically correct now, competition is discouraged in school or sports, and we are wondering why our math and science scores are down. We teach to the lowest kid in the classroom, to not leave them out, but what is that doing to our brightest? 25 years ago, you better just catch up, or you will fail out and end up with a job you don't want. Now we push everyone through, graduate everyone to be fair, and no have millions of people with 4 degrees that have no skills. We have removed PE and competition in sports, the object is to win! The object in PE is to do enough pushups and situps to make the Presidents list! There are a lot of life lessons in losing and winning, but now we don't keep score. I know I went off on a rant, but I think it all ties together. When I showed my wife Eriksen's picture, you know what she said? "That's awesome!" Why can't we be happy for this lady?
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