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Artist creates spot-on comic about the constant need to love your body

Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything and runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing...

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies

Based on the popular media, plus-size ladies have two choices: Hate yourself while you diet and exercise obsessively until you get the "perfect" body or love every single bit of yourself unconditionally and never doubt your body is "perfect." These are both difficult and unrealistic standards to maintain, frankly. Most women, no matter what their size, will have mixed feelings about their bodies that can change day to day or even hour to hour. Yet for some reason, we don't talk about that vast middle ground between self-hate and self-love.

But one Tumblr illustrator, known as angryartist113, is aiming to fix that and open up the conversation about the very complicated relationship we have with our bodies. Her comic series, called "Is this healthy?" features her personal struggles as a plus-size woman and asks some very important questions:

Can you tell if a person is healthy just by looking at them? What about if you see them in their underwear?

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies

Image: AngryArtist113/Tumblr

How can being called "fat" be both a compliment and an insult at the same time?

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Image: AngryArtist113/Tumblr

How do you compliment one body without denigrating another body?

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies

Image: AngryArtist113/Tumblr

Should we focus on changing ourselves to suit how others see us or changing how others see us to suit ourselves?

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Image: AngryArtist113/Tumblr

Is there a point to working out if you're not losing weight or "toning up"?

Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies
Poignant comic series tackles the 'it's complicated' relationship status we have with our bodies

Image: AngryArtist113/Tumblr

And then there's perhaps the most important question of all: When did the concept of fat become so powerful in the first place? Why do we allow the tyranny of beauty?

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