The Patch

March 26, 2007

A weighty issue- March 26th 2007

Filed under: Miscellany — alice86 @ 2:39 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! We all now abode in a country in which 70% of women would consider plastic surgery! Isn’t that a turn up for our insecurities? However, let’s break it down: the word consider does not necessarily mean, “Yes, I would like a nose/ boob/ liposuction job”, but merely they’d toss it about in their heads. Statistics may even be able to prove that 70% of women would consider posing for page 3. It doesn’t mean they necessarily would (post-op, naturally). All the same, the figures in that particular bodily image poll were a little worrying.

            We all, at some point, like to look good. I am a woman. Occasionally, I like to dress up. I want to try and look nice to others, even if I cannot see it myself. But it’s when this quest for media-beauty goes downhill rapidly into a cycle of binge-eating, purging and endless diets that it becomes a problem. We’re not stupid. We realise this. Yet it’s so hard to quench the addictive thoughts once they first pop into your head. It’s harder still when you’re surrounded by skinny, dieting bulimics; and it’s even harder when every magazine headline screams out to you “LOSE WEIGHT LIKE A MAN”, “LOSE THAT MUFFIN TOP”, or “TEN WAYS TO LOSE TEN POUNDS IN A WEEK”! Quick fixes never work. We should have figured this out by now.

            If we all got rid of our laziness and exercised more, we could drop a few pounds, sure. This isn’t just spending an hour’s worth of heart-pounding, sweaty exercise at the extortionate gym, but just walk somewhere. Drop the wheels, or take up two instead. We’d save the environment, bonus! Oh, and eat a balanced diet too. Why? Because it works; there’s no point in stuffing yourself with lipids and moaning. There’s no point in trying out each faddy diet, Atkins or not. I’ll award myself with a doctorate here, like Madam Gillian McKeith.

            With regards to the aforementioned anorexic stool sampler, it’s people like her who make those of us who are healthy, paranoid. And it’s moments of self-loathing that we find ourselves with a finger down our oesophagus, attempting to remove the 200g bag of chocolate buttons we just comfort ate. When people are overweight with a bmi of 25+, try a healthier diet, sure. Add in the exercise. You need it. But when you’re a size 8-10 or lower and you find yourself hovering over the toilet bowl repeatedly, flushing away your guilt, you need to wake up. WE need to wake up. Weight isn’t important, your health is. And if you risk your health for your weight, then you need to open your eyes. Your heart needs you to treat it well so you can survive. No unnecessary strain- from under or over-eating. A low weight is fine, but digesting your muscles (heart included) is deadly. Again, we know this. Kate Winslet recently got slated for being curvy; Tyra Banks for putting on a few pounds. They are still healthy! If only the media could realise this, to stop guiltily pressurising us into feeling inadequate with our bodies.

             Perhaps with a few more people of average clothing size (16 these days. Slated for the “obesity epidemic.) in magazines, on television, a few less plastic beautiful people, it would improve our self-esteem. Oh, and if we quit with the whole laziness and faddy eating, we can actually be healthier in ourselves. Breaking News there, for sure. 



  1. hoorah!

    Comment by Amie — March 26, 2007 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  2. You took the words right out my mouth!

    Comment by Amy — March 27, 2007 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

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