Size Shouldn’t Matter: Meghan McCain Fights Weight Critics

meganmccainI am absolutely SICK and tired of women being criticized for their weight.  It is all over the news media – television, radio, magazines, and even on Twitter.  So kudos to those women who stick up for the rest of us, like Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.  She was recently attacked on the radio by conservative commentator Laura Ingraham who said McCain was “just another Valley Girl gone awry.” She then mocked McCain in a faux Valley Girl voice, saying that she didn’t get a “role in the Real World” because “they don’t like plus-sized models.” McCain responded on Twitter stating: “To all the curvy girls out there, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your body. I love my curves and you should love yours too.”  You go girl!

On Monday, McCain appeared on ABC’s The View and further discussed this issue. “Everyone from Tyra Banks to Oprah to Hillary Clinton to my mother — why are we so obsessed with weight?,” she said.  And it’s not like McCain has a weight problem; she is a size 8. During her Dad’s Presidential campaign she was up to a size 10 (the same size as me) and on the campaign trail someone handed her a card from a plastic surgeon and suggested she get liposuction.  I guess according to Hollywood if you are a size 8/10 you are considered fat and in need of lipo.  How very unfortunate, especially because the average American woman is said to be a size 12/14.  If you missed McCain’s appearance on The View, you can watch it here:


It is scary that size is such an issue in our society where unfortunately millions are suffering from eating disorders, which can cause severe health issues including death.  It is estimated that 9 million Americans currently have an eating disorder. If Hollywood would stop making weight such an issue, this number would be drastically less.  According to a report from the National Eating Disorders Coalition, 40% of 9-year-old girls have dieted.  NINE YEAR OLDS shouldn’t even know what the word diet is.  As a mother of an 8-year-old daughter, this terrifies me. This week one of the Little Write Gal’s spelling words was “overweight.”  I am appalled that this word is even discussed in the schools.  Why should a third grader need to know how to spell overweight?  I shudder to think what our society is going to be like when our children are adults.  Thankfully there are women out there in front of the media like McCain who can raise awareness that size does not matter. I am hoping that by the time our daughters are grown that it won’t.


3 Responses to “Size Shouldn’t Matter: Meghan McCain Fights Weight Critics”

  1. 1 Lori@Not Always Charming March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you. Our family doctor keeps a close eye on the kids. My daughter suddenly lost her ‘baby fat’ over a single summer. The first thing he started quizzing her on was what kind of foods she snacks on. What exercise she does. And then proceeded to ask her about what she thinks of her body.

    I was so happy to see someone take an active part, rather than just the parents. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our girls think positive about themselves no matter what their bodies look like. Of course I knew there was nothing to it, but it put her on notice that people watch and all this talk about being “too fat” is a bunch of crap!

  2. 2 Debateur March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Honestly I think that overweight is a word we should all be familiar with given the current obesity epidemic in America. Having said this i really don’t think we should focus on diets but healthy living. There is more and more research all the time that suggests that diets don’t work and in some cases can even be harmful.

    And unfortunately I have seen some very young obese children and it breaks my heart and in most cases I blame the parents. As parents it’s our responsibility to teach healthy lifestyle to our children so that they don’t get in these situations to begin with.

    As for Mr. McCain’s daughter she is most certainly not fat and good for her for sticking up for herself.

    I’m tired of Hollywood setting the standard of what constitues overweight. I”m 5 ft 7 in and 120 lbs and a size 6. By Hollywood standards I’m probably fat. By medical standards I’m 2 lbs from being underweight.

    Yes let’s talk about weight but do it in a medically responsible manner.

  3. 3 Stefanie March 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for this post! This is something that totally makes me crazy! I am completely appauled that little girls (and boys) are having weight issues just b/c Hollywood (among others) are concentrating so much on it. If Hollywood would make a bigger deal out of education and charity maybe our kids would have less problems with their self esteems and be more apt to doing better in school and being kinder to others.

    I also have an 8 year old daughter and she has been teased about her weight and she is NOT fat! It goes both ways though, my mother used to be teased b/c she was too skinny and always hated it. McCain is not fat at all! She is a beautiful girl and I’m so glad that she stood up for herself!

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