Friday, June 10, 2011
Obsession with the skinny.
Even before I hit my teens I have always had this idea of the 'perfect body' and have been forever struggling to achieve that.
The fashion market is flooded with pictures of faded figures that they present as beautiful. A big part of me still wishes that I had stick figure legs, a flat stomach and no trace of back-fat, but you have to start loving your body. You are stuck with it forever. Severely compromising your whole value of life to be smaller than a size 6 just doesn't make sense to me anymore.
Even looking at these photos makes me wonder, how these girls got that skinny and what they had to go through all in the name of beauty.
A friend and I were chatting and saying how it is almost the norm in modern culture to starve a little to make sure you don't get fat. It is like an unspoken thing. Girls loose dramatic amounts of weight and we congratulate them and ask them how they did it.
I have done it all too - diet shakes, crazy diets that barely have any actual food in them, diet pills, tricks of the trade (only eat before 5pm, brush your teeth to trick your body into thinking your full, drink excessive amounts of water to stop you eating etc.) and everything else under the sun.
It gets to the point where you think, no I am not 'skinny' but god made me with curves and maybe I should just let my body be how nature intended it to be. Back in the day women had boobes, butts, hips and thighs and men thought it was beautiful. You know what? Most men still think a little meat on your bones is beautiful.
I sincerely hope food comes back into fashion soon.
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