To me the author of the article and Whitney are both making the same mistake, just interpreting it differently. The author assumes that if Nike (or anyone else) sells workout wear for plus size women and shows them on a mannequin that represents how a plus size woman would look in their plus size clothing that somehow that means ‘hey lets all be fat - it’s wonderful’ so she’s upset because she thinks it’s “glorifying being obese”. Whitney assumes the same thing and interprets it as ‘yippee I’m fat and it’s a-ok. I’m healthy too. See there is a plus sized mannequin wearing workout clothes’. They are both morons.
First to Gold (the author) - This mannequin is not heaving in fat, sloppy, vile, disgusting or whatever else she said in the article. She is overweight - yes. But she is entitled to wear workout clothes and workout. And good for her doing it. Heck I’d give Whitney props for working out if she did more than twerking followed up with a giant Frappuccino. A kudos to Nike for showing how the plus size clothes will look on a plus sized woman. Much like using a 22 year old to sell wrinkle cream, using a size 0 model for plus sized clothing is pretty pointless. None of these things say that someone who is overweight or obese shouldn’t be trying to lose weight. In fact it says ‘hey look - you can do it too and we have the overpriced clothes to help’
Now to Whitney - This mannequin is not sign that it is ok to be obese. It is NOT ok to be obese. You can bitch and whine and moan all you want about fat shaming but the reality is that it is not healthy to be obese. You can’t change that fact and NIke isn’t saying it is healthy. They are saying ‘let us dress those who want to get healthy.’ And even if you buy into the Nike’s founder’s quote that if you have a body you are an athlete - he doesn’t mean you. He means those who regularly participate in athletic activities regardless of their level of expertise. Even with this definition of an athlete - you aren’t one. And it’s not because you are fat. And it’s not because you aren’t an elite competitor. It’s because you don’t actually participate in athletic activities. Twerking to the camera is not an athletic activity. Laying on the ground “taking a break” is not an athletic activity. Having someone pull you up 3 steps of a climbing wall is not an athletic activity. Doing leg presses with less than 1/2 of your body weight while FaceTiming with your dad is not an athletic activity. So no - you aren’t an athlete, however you define it.