Hourglass Shape the new Overweight? (long-be warned)
Normally when I see a silly headline to an article I do not take the time to read it. But this morning, with nothing better to do and needing a little inane to wake me up I happened to read this article in question. Halfway through, trying to shake the steam coming from my ears I came to the conclusion that the whole world is ridiculous! To read the article I am speaking about, follow this link.
There has been so much buzz on the perfect body. How to stay UBER-thin in this fat, fat world. Try this diet that cleanses your body, has it running to the bathroom every five minutes. Accidents DO occur people but all in the name of beauty. And who cares that you have have rid your body of healthy vitamins, be malnourished and can barely stand because the room spins as your hunger grows. It's all worth it to be a size 0 right?
Since when did being healthy get blown so out of proportion that they are not allocating a figure that is the healthiest? Did we take genetics out of the equation? Some people CANNOT be a size 0, they can not be a "rectangle" figure. Oh, and I have to mention I truly take offense to Keira Knightly being called a rectangle. That's not the word I would have used... Something more... twiggy comes to mind. No offense to those who share her body type, she is very thin though.
I am so upset about these articles, PEOPLE Magazine featured in their (next to) last issue a "then and now" article with several Starlet/Models being compared to their emaciated selves from years ago. They looked healthy and still thin in their NOW pictures but the way the article phrased it, they might as well have been 60 overweight. If emaciated is what we're shooting for, let's all jump on the no food bandwagon and start starving ourselves. Or pooping our brains out with these crazy diets. Funny how in this new "fat vs. thin" world, being healthy means using very UN-healthy diets and exercise.
You might think that this is just a rant, and it is, in a way. But it's also going to serve a purpose, I hope. What if... every time you saw an article posted on a website, or read it in a magazine you took the steps to contact the publisher and explain how irritated it made you. Somewhere out there is a Doctor who truly knows what is healthy for people. Or let's imagine WE even know what makes us healthy, that is a thought. If all of us did something about these insane articles that keep being published, maybe the world would see that we're not just a bunch of "fatties." We are intelligent, HEALTHY women who do not want to be a "rectangle" shape. Perhaps if we all took steps to let them know how upset it made us, maybe they'd stop publishing so many? It's worth it because I don't want my kids to grow up thinking they have to starve themselves to be as skinny as the girl next to her.
It's irritating to see articles like this because I remember reading an interview with Keira Knightly where she specifically said that she is GENETICALLY skinny and DOES NOT have a problem gaining/losing weight. That is not true with most women. In my family, being 100 lbs overweight is genetic. I have an Aunt who maxes out at 500lbs. It's not healthy, not one bit. But given my family history, I'll never be the coveted size 0, neither will my children. So the steps I would have to take to attain that size would kill me. Is that what I want to teach my children? To be SO healthy you have to nearly kill yourself?
Give me your thoughts or insight to this matter but I truly think it needs our attention. We need to come together and get more proactive about this. So join me and help me to think of ways that we can intelligently end this FAT problem!