With everyone being so damn sensitive these days, I’m afraid this isn’t going to stop. It’s as if we’ve just given up. “Hey, I’m overweight and unhealthy, but so are a lot of other people so, you know, oh well.”
The media certainly has contributed to this self-acceptance of your less than best self image as seen in a number of ways..
Look at the dolls they’ve reconstructed like Barbie and Ken dolls they now are including heavy overweight balding Ken dolls and hefty Barbies. I ask you when growing up if you wanted a doll, would go out and purchase one in your own image? I wouldn’t have, I could of just looked in the mirror for that matter! In my opinion dolls should be look more glamorous so that you have an image to aspire to and fantasize about…
Molly Galbraith who became popular for her tribute to self-acceptance, apparently flaunting a heavy looking pose of herself in a bathing suit, did nothing to convince me she wouldn’t of preferred a lighter weight if she wouldn’t have to give up ice cream and the like as she suggested…I don’t desire ice cream and the like, not only because it’s a lot of unhealthy calories, but of course it sabotages the ability to keep our ideal weight.
There’s Ashley Graham recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated she stated:
“ I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” Graham said. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.” I really find that stretching the imagination Ashley, this will never be my standardand I doubt and hope it will never be the standard for the majority of us out there.
“I want to dedicate it to all of the women out there who never felt that they were beautiful enough, who never felt like they were skinny enough, and who never felt like they were going to be able to be represented in society like this,” Graham said. “Because now we’re being represented.”with that little insight she amusingly continues “I’m gonna go eat a burger,” Graham said. “I am so hungry. You have no idea. I want a burger and fries.”
Like I said, I will never take her body for a standard and certainly not her diet! What a warped message she dictates in my opinion, that I can only see burger havens like McDonald’s and it’s customers applauding!
I suspect Cheryl Tiegs the renown classic model aligns with my thinking as well, here she criticized Ashley in a yahoo article which also includes a cover picture of Cheryl on Sports Illustrated years back.
Accepting your less than ideal weight and health, which usually goes along with it, is nothing more than a cop out, in my opinion. I’m not talking about plastic surgery another cope out too often, unless absolutely necessary…I’m talking about people that may not be lazy in the sense of being super parents and providers and workaholics but that put their true image and health on the back burner. Some people just hate to exercise and or change their eating habits in the belief it would be a sacrifice to their familiar and maybe comfortable known existence. However like any bad habit it can slowing make us slaves to a less than happy self-image and declining health. The longer a person accepts the lifestyle that lends itself to a tarnished existence the harder it is to change for the better.
The mistake most people make is to just embrace weight loss alone reaching for supplements, pills and less than perfect fad diets that can actually add to imbalances in the body eventually causing additional concerns.
Exercise should be daily in my opinion, and not an exhaustive workout that a person will burn out on, too soon. This way it becomes as important as washing your teeth or making your bed or feeding your pet each day, a necessity that’s doable. Food consumption, closest to what’s natural and unprocessed and not overly stimulating, is usually best. If you eat first for nutrition , secondly for satiation, and finally for pleasure ,you will inevitably change your destiny to achieve a more ideal state of health, body image, and subsequent happiness.
As always I can sincerely recommend my Prancercise® Program when I follow it religiously it hasn’t failed me yet! Joanna