Just like most women who love fashion and probably even those that don't, I have been trying to be skinnier for most of my life. I've done every diet from the non-fat craze in the 90s to the Zone to Atkins to South Beach to the Glycemic Index and back around again. I've even tried three-day cleanses. (Is cleansing good for you anyway?) In fact, if you sit back and use a little common sense, none of the fad diets seem healthy since most of them eliminate or overdo one or many necessary components of the human diet.
I'm now 34 and after all these years, I've realized that I am exhausted, hungry, and sick of trying to be skinnier. What happened to eating a balanced array of fresh, healthy foods and just loving the body we were given? What happened to loving the fact that we have the energy to run, dance and downward dog? Why are we trying to look like the 14-year-old runway models? Models who look that way because of crazy genetic traits or because they only occasionally indulge in iceberg lettuce. Perhaps a better question is: why are those bodies endorsed, embraced and promoted by the fashion industry? Aren't we the ones buying the clothes? Why can't we demand that beauty is not anorexic, but healthy, curvaceous, and heck, of legal voting age?! Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 and she was certainly an icon for her time with a beautifully curvaceous body, which she and the rest of the world embraced.
If you look even further back in time at art produced during the Renaissance, all of the women depicted were very curvaceous and arguably even "fat" by our nation's current standards. Don't get me wrong, I certainly recognize the obesity issue in our nation and agree that it is a huge problem, but I wonder if this unattainable female body our world has decided is "beautiful" might just be the root of some of those women's obsessive food compulsions. Maybe it’s their way of overcompensating once they realize that the "perfect body" is unattainable. In many cultures around the world bigger women are admired because they can afford to eat. When most American women don't have that daily worry, why are we willingly depriving ourselves?
I'd love to live in a world where beauty is not based on the size or shape of one's body. A world where we all had the confidence to love the body we were given. Let's start by loving our bodies and fueling them the way they are supposed to be fueled. Let’s embrace the way we look in our clothes as well as out of them, and then maybe, just maybe, the fashion world will follow that trend.
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