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I am considered an overweight vegan. Before I was an overweight vegan, I was an obese vegetarian. I get asked/told all the time "If you're a vegan, why are you so heavy?" First of all, I'm not morbidly obese, I am maybe 20-30lbs overweight. But even if I was, that still wouldn't excuse those comments. I happen to like my body the way it, vegan or otherwise. I have soft curves, and I am womanly. I am proud of the body I have, and the food I put in it reflects that. I allow myself vegan indulgences when I want them, and I won't restrict myself just to be a "skinny vegan".
I am having a hard time understanding why there's a stigma around overweight vegans. Every single website promoting veganism that I've come across says that one of the benefits of being vegan is that you'll lose weight. That's awesome, but what if I don't want to? Does that make me a horrible, bad vegan because I have no desire to get skinny? I love vegetables, and fruits, and whole grains. I eat right, I exercise moderately.. if I lose, I lose.. if I don't, I'm perfectly okay with that. I know there's a stigma around being overweight in general, but I am finding it particularly strong in the vegan community.
Does anybody else find this problem as much of an annoyance as I do?