There is a lot of controversy on the subject of "skinny". Especially in this day and age! Our view of beauty has become very distorted and it makes me upset that even girls as young as age 8 are already concerned about their weight, and watching what they eat. So I just wanted to get other peoples opinions on the matter. (this is not to hate on any such party, i have a eating disorder myself)
45 views and no replies. That is amazing that people are willing to overlook this obvious proplem.*smh* Maybe it is because this issue has already talked about but I haven't been online for awhile.
Anyway, I have been struggling with my weight since I was a little girl. I am 22 now and still overweight. When I was little I was really self conscious about my weight and I still am. It's crazy the way the media gives us an unrealistic view of beauty. It is not just weight though, having the perfect face, hair, clothes, etc.....
I have a little sister who is 8 and she has been telling me since she was 6 that she is fat and she wants to look like the girls she sees on tv. I asked her why she thought she was fat and she pointed at her stomach. She was also under weight for her age and her doctor said she actually needed to gain weight. I feel the older she gets the more this problem is going to get worse. She is right now about 55 to 60 lbs. She is at the ideal weight for an 8 year old girl. She still says to me she is fat and i tell her she's not fat. I tried to explain to her that the women she sees on tv and in magazines are very much older and when they were young their bodies looked very similar to hers. She also knows about photoshop and that most pictures she sees on tv and in magazines have been altered.
I am scared for girls today and the image of beauty they have shoved in their faces everyday.
I 110% argee! Even if a person is perfectly fine and healthy it seems that we all still subconciously strive for that "Barbie" image. Most men and women believe that happiness and success only comes with having a perfect body and a fat wallet. My 8 year old, and 11 year old sisters say the same thing and it hurts me to hear such little innocent girls get teased for their imperfections and to say that they think they're "fat". It seems like the "Eating Disorder" issue is brought up a lot, when the truth is it isnt brought up enough!! The rate of Anorexia Nervosa in women and men has risen by 20% in only 70 years! there HAS to be something wrong with that....
im chunky with power(: and proud to be a bit fluffy. the way i see it, i just got more to love.
If i could hit the "like" button a thousand times i would. i agree with you and there is no problem with having a little roll or fluff! lol As long as you are happy and healthy that is all that matters!!!!
thank you!! lol C: i have a healthy BMI and im honestly just content with the way i am. a lot of girls try to change themselves for men, but most guys i know love thicker girls. im just saying that every one is beautiful<3 and you never need to change to make someone else happy
My ex used to tease me for being a "twig" lol
My opinion is that as long as the person is comfortable with thier own weight and size then you should be happy, keping in mind you should be in good health and be avtive.
Absolutely true. I always tell my uncle that id rather be a little chubby than to be skinny but to each his own. If you are happy than what does it matter what people think.
Agreed. I know that for me every day it is a struggle to eat. I have just a mild case of anorexia, but i know that it has affected me long term. I strive to be healthy and happy one day and not have to worry about my weight and what i eat! so Stay Healthy!
I mean The media fabricates beauty on the television screen to make it look perfect but the truth is there isnt a perfect being in our entire exsitence theres
only the hope to be. Theres nothing wrong wanting or trying to be perfect but in the same instance we must remember that we are created the way we are for a reason Individually as well as a people. I know Im not perfect and I have had battles with myself and my imperfections but I had to come to my senses and learn to love me just the way i am. But theres always a little room for improvement. Just dnt go overboard.
I think every'body' is beautiful and everyone just needs to accept and embrace who they are and what they look like. Everyone is unique and no one can take that away from someone. I hate today's media and the way it makes women feel they have to be a certain "something" that they're not. I wish the media used REAL PEOPLE instead of these robots you see in every single ad.
I, along with probably every other female in this universe, have had my insecurities with my body. I went through years of an eating disorder and then years trying to "fix" my brain to get out of it. In the end, your soul, and who you are deep inside are what's the most beautiful. The outside doesn't matter.
What do you do after you reach your "goal weight" of 100 lbs? ............ Right.......... Nothing. Because THAT'S not what matters in life.
Embrace your face! :]
the funny thing is that the people used in the media and TV etc ..well even they aren't perfect. many of those things are photoshopped and fixed.
True also tons and tons of make up. And lighting angles. So much is down to make it look so perfect. That right there should let you see the true beauty in natural essence. Oh how i love the natural woman...lol
Right and right. the truth of the matter is; There Is No Such Thing As Perfect!!!!
HORRAY!!! All power to the people with a brain! we do need real people in the media. not all these fake, nipped and tucked, photoshoped zombies you see on tv or the magazines! And thats just it with an eating disorder; once you reach that "goal weight" the mental part of it tells you its still not perfect so you continue to loose more!
Exactly! So really, it's not about being "skinny", it's about being HAPPY with yourself and your life. The "skinny" comes from within.
"The 'skinny' comes from within" ...Brilliant!!
I like that. The skinny comes from within. Hey someone ought to star a power movement using thos words..!!
Hahaha, thanks! I've struggled with this almost my whole life, and it's freeing when you're able to step out of that. I wish so bad that everyone could! Guy or girl.
When you start judging others by their shape of there body type it is totally wrong in some what racism by many standards, i will not judge a other human long as they treat others with big respect a specially womens that are
a much difference size. We shouldn,t judge others because,s their are a much difference size and true beauty is embeded deep in the heart of that person know matter what there skin color or shape of there body.
Some women suffer with a self-esteem issue that start as a small girl till a full grown mature adult; most want to
be skinny like models in pictures, but they is one down turn every one has a difference body size that we are born with till the day we dead, we must learn to love are very self know matter what size God put us on this earth to be in life.
This is a win/lose situation- Society sees "FAT" people as being ugly, unhealthy and lazy.. Its society that has got these children/ young adults feelings that way. While it is in most cases unhealthy to be "FAT" there are some people who cannot control that. Society gives some people a complex, while if everyone lived for themselves instead of for everyone around them this world would be a better place.. However taking it to the extreme to be "SKINNY" is not at all healthy either.. I say be happy with yourself/body FAT or SKINNY find the beauty in it #JMO#
i like youre thoughts.... it really made me think. but nomatter ur size you are still a good and beautiful person!!!
I belive that anorexia is like wanting too much of your body and do believe that anorexia is'nt healthy and a good way of living
Very true! Most girls don't even know that they have an eating disorder until it's to late!!
Skinny isn't healthy, it's too thin. Obese isn't healthy. Thanks to the society we live in and the media/entertainment industry, we have lost sight of simply being HEALTHY. We also have companies who generate a fortune from the fitness, health, diet, etc. industries. It's all about money. Pepsi sells unhealthy soda and then tries to sell you "diet" soda which is even more unhealthy. Every body is different, and what we should worry about is being either underweight or overweight. Our ideal weight is based on height, muscle, etc. and everyone requires a different weight. It's sad to see fellow teens become anorexic, and it's also sad to see them become obese as multiple industries cash in on them. You won't see many doctors discuss the truth about the food and health industries, but I do recommend Dr. Mark Hyman, he's not trying to sell you secrets because he produces free videos and articles about living healthy and exposes the food industry along with the government agencies who protect and advocate them. http://www.youtube.com/user/ultrawellness
yeah exactly!! but when the presssure is on you and you have a society obsessed with image its hard not to fall under the "slim spell"
Thanks for the link, I will have to check it out.
I agree that we are bombarded with images of the "ideal" being ultra skinny. Anorexia and bulemia damage your body and the best you can hope for is to look "good" when you die. Eating healthy is the way to go. Not starvation diets, just eating healthy foods and eating often. Don't go hungry or you will never control your weight. Be patient, it isn't an overnight thing. I wish I could say it didn't take me 50 years to figure that out.
It makes me very upset how "important" being skinny is. My nieces are already very self conscious about their weight and they are still in elementary school. I try very hard to encourage them to be healthy and not focus on that number too much. They are already feeling a lot of pressure in their young lives which makes me sad.
I had an eating disorder when I was in high school. My doctor now is suggesting I work on dieting and try to lose a little weight for health reasons. I have made some healthy changes in my diet and I am trying to exercise more. However I constantly have to be careful that I don't allow myself to become obsessed with it and fall back into some of my old habits.
Healthy eating and exercise really is very important. We as adults have to make sure to properly encourage kids, especially young girls, so they don't develop an eating disorder.
Agreed. I'm slightly fluffy. I'm not obese but I'm a bit overweight. No one has ever called me fat. I call myself fat and of course they all rush to disagree (LOL.). I'm fluffy. I'll either exercise or deal with it. No reason to starve myself or vomit up lunch.