As some of you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of the show The Biggest Loser and of Jillian Michael's. I own all her fitness DVDs and I respect her ass-kicking approach to getting people in shape. Recently on the internet I saw some commentary on her comments on pregnancy. Essentially this gist was that she personally would prefer to adopt when ready to start a family than get pregnant. Apparently lots of people were outraged that she wouldn't want to get pregnant because she didn't want to put her body through that.
I've been thinking a lot about it. I figure that 1) it's a personal choice. She can do whatever she wants with her body. Besides, she makes a living off the fact that she's in shape. I think if I worked as hard as she did to get in shape, I'd probably would want to keep my body that way too. However, I do think she could open new doors for herself if she did decide to get pregnant. She could relate to new moms struggling to get the baby weight off, as well as to women who are looking to stay healthy through their pregnancies.
Secondly, I think people who adopt are doing a great service to this world. Some people reacted to Jillian's comments because they're afraid this would spark some mass adoption craze. Who cares!?! In all honesty, our world has a bit of an over-population problem. People who decide to adopt are doing us two favors. They are taking in children who would otherwise not have a loving home and a family and they are not contributing to an already over-crowded world. How can that be a bad thing?
I'm curious to know what you think about this topic? Would you ever consider adoption?
Please don't misconstrue what I'm saying to mean that I don't think people should have babies. I think people who get pregnant and have kids are entitled to do so and it is something that I too would like to do eventually. I'm just saying that people who are willing to adopt are just as much parents and should be appreciated as such.