Friday, June 7, 2013

Selling Skinny.

It's no secret that I've always been interested in diet and weight issues.  I wrote about those things often on my old blog, and the issue still fascinates me.

This morning, this showed up on my Facebook timeline, as a sponsored post:

I don't know how I got targeted for this particular ad, but they're barking up the wrong tree.  Yes, this girl is attractive.  Sure, I guess I wouldn't mind having that body if I'd been born with similar proportions--but they may as well have been advertising "how to change your ethnicity in 7 days!" because my body will never resemble that one.

And I'm okay with that.

I found this interesting timeline showing what was considered the "perfect" female body at different points in history.  Whether you're an hourglass, pear, or apple shape, whether you have huge breasts or none at all, whether your hips are bigger than your chest or vice versa--at some point in time, I guarantee you that your body was considered the epitome of beauty in one society or another.  So why are we so bothered by trying to fit into what's fashionable now?  It's so silly.

I'm not going to lie and say that I don't have any body issues.  As a woman living in the year 2013, it's hard to accept my body 100% when I'm constantly being told (by ads like the one above) that I don't look "right".  However, as I've gotten older, I've come to realize that there is absolutely no way to win at this game.  Being in my 30s, I've seen a lot of trends come and go, so I can say with complete confidence that what's considered sexy right now is highly unlikely to be considered sexy in 10 or 15 years (Pamela Anderson, anyone?).

I just took a break from writing this post and discovered an article about a new surgery in which a doctor SEWS PLASTIC ONTO YOUR TONGUE IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU FROM EATING.  People are doing this to lose weight.  I am not joking.

Look, if you need to lose weight because you aren't healthy or whatever, go ahead.  In fact, if you want to lose weight to look better, it's your right to do that too.  Do what you want.  All I'm saying is that you probably look just fine.  No matter how skinny you get, your life won't magically be better because of it.  Gwyneth Paltrow doesn't have a perfect life because she's thin.  She has a perfect life because she's Gwyneth freakin' Paltrow--and you will never be Gwyneth Paltrow.

Ugh, I hate sounding preachy.  I'm so sorry.  This subject just makes me so sad.  I hate that young women feel all this pressure to fit into a mold which has nothing to do with them.  If you're one of those girls and you're reading this, I hope that you'll ignore ads like the one above and take this advice to heart:  Stop trying to fit yourself into someone else's body and just become the best you you can be.  You'll be a lot happier.

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