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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thin Bashing in the Media

I've written a lot about thin-hating in today's media and culture, mostly coming from women against other women, sadly. The following are two recent examples.

I found the first article, Weight Watchers Probably Won't Help You Lose Weight, So Maybe Stop Dieting, to be enjoyable and full of good sense for the most part, as I could relate to the writer since I, too, was on Weight Watchers as a pre-teen in the 1970s and am in total agreement that chemical-laden diet foods aren't a good substitute for learning to eat healthily and enjoy it. However, the writer then arrived at an erroneous conclusion: 
"What we're doing now isn't working, and it's time for change in priorities — one that places health above weight, and real nutrition above counting calories."
But health must include weight! We can be too fat, or too thin! Real nutrition can co-exist with counting calories! And by the way, and I'll be writing about this in more detail soon, I did not restrict my calories, in a diet sense, when I lost sixteen pounds, but I did count them and didn't stuff myself. On the one hand, that's why the weight came off "slowly," but on the other, it's why I'll be likely to keep it off for life. I'd rather have longevity than a brief, lost cause of losing!

I found the first comment beneath the article very interesting, and the many replies to it which I linked to above:
"This article really irritates me. Like a lot of Jezebel articles, it INSISTS that health is possible at every weight (get real - it just isn't) and IMPLIES that anyone who seeks out a lower weight is just kidding themselves that they can do it, are reprehensibly vain, or of some lesser echelon of intelligence because they wish to be thin. I'm fat, so that means my brain is bigger than yours."
Next is a quote from Wendy Williams:
"As a woman of a particular size myself, there is no hating on skinny girls, but there is nothing interesting about their bodies. I think for women, curves and softness is what separates men from women. Three cheers for girls that are built like fifth grade boys, but there is something to be said for womanly women."
So according to this New York Times best-selling author and talk show host, thin women have boring bodies and aren't real, womanly women!