I found this article the other day and I thought it pretty interesting. I've been big my entire life. No one could ever accuse me of being skinny. It took me a long time to accept myself for who I am - but now that I have embraced by size - I wouldn't have it any other way.

I challenge any woman of any size to embrace yourself and love the skin you are in. Your weight is only a number and we shouldn't let society judge and pigeon hole us without getting to know us.

At 371 pounds and wearing a size 32 dress, Kristie doesn't look like a conventional beauty queen. But thanks to the Miss Big Beautiful Woman (BBW) International pageant, the 17-year-old is able to celebrate her shape along other plus-size women.

While a positive body image is important, this attitude makes some experts think that the BBW world's attitude toward fat can be seriously damaging to health.

The full article "Is Promoting Big, Beautiful Women Unhealthy?" can be found here.