Read What Mirna Valerio Has to Say on Being Overweight and Fit

Read What Mirna Valerio Has to Say on Being Overweight and Fit

Emma Christensen
Jul 29, 2015
(Image credit: Bryan Meltz for Runner's World)

I, like many of you, struggle with my weight and how I look. Also like many of you, I struggle with this even while eating a healthy diet and getting in plenty of exercise. But in recent years, I've started really questioning this supposed relationship between weight and health — and so has Mirna Valerio, aka Fat Girl Running.

For me, this all started back when I tried Mark Bittman's VB6 Diet, which isn't really a diet at all, in the weight-loss sense, but more of a guide for forming a habit of healthy eating. After years of feeling like anything less than skinny meant I wasn't healthy, I finally, slowly, gradually started to understand that those two things are not as interrelated as I might have once thought. It's hard to shed that assumption, though — that assumption that thin means healthy and beautiful, and overweight does not. Really hard.

This is something that Mirna Valerio, the blogger behind Fat Girl Running, confronts head-on in a way I find incredibly powerful, and yes, inspiring. We hear so little from this perspective — people who are happy, healthy, and fit, but don't match the toned images of athletes from sportswear ads — that when I find enthusiastic, vocal advocates like Mirna, I latch onto them fiercely.

This profile of Mirna in Runner's World has stuck with me for days, giving me lots to think about and absorb. I highly recommend giving it a read.

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