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Meredith
6th February 2010, 04:34
There are countless reasons for women not to lose weight, the most obvious being that starvation diminishes beauty and ages a woman.

However, here's a list of other reasons for women not to deprive themselves of food.

http://english.pravda.ru/science/health/28-01-2010/111907-lose_weight-0

Some are more significant than others, but all in all, it's nice to see a list like this published in the press (any press), in place of the usual diet propaganda.

- Decrease of stamina. Calories provide us with energy, and excessive f** stores the energy for the future. If we starve, the body starts using necessary nutrients instead of fat. As a result, we feel fatigued and lethargic, which keeps us from living an active life.

- Problems conceiving. F** tissue accumulates estrogens and leptin, and interacts with testosterone contained in the blood. Without these hormones, chances to conceive and carry a baby are slim. Excessively skinny women or women obsessed with dieting often suffer from infertility.

- Worsened skin condition. It is especially noticeable if the weight was lost rapidly. The skin does not catch up with the lost pounds and gets wrinkly or saggy.

- Risk of osteoporosis. F** tissue contains vitamins A, D, К and Е, responsible for tonus. When the weight drops, concentration of these vitamins drops as well. As a result, bones become more fragile, which leads to fractures and other related issues.

- Weakened immune system. The body lacks nutrients, which may cause anemia and other diseases linked to weakened immune system.

- Risk of acetonemia, acetone poisoning. It is caused by lack of glucose. F** tissue disintegrates into fatty acids which are then broken into ketone bodies. Disintegration products release acetone, which are toxic for the body.

- Dehydration. It may be very dangerous since the body loses nutrients which may in turn affect the heart and kidneys.

- Reduction of the f** layer. It causes us to freeze since f** serves as a natural protection from the cold. As a result, we are more prone to colds.

- Unprotected internal organs. F** creates a protective layer that shields our internal organs from traumas. When the f** is gone, we may risk injure our organs, say, in a fall.

- Intestinal problems.
The article is not particularly positive, but some of these points are quite important, and should encourage women not to starve themselves (especially since they will only be harming their looks if they do so).

Hannah
19th February 2010, 12:30
It's a fine list. And the best reason of all may be to avoid the eating disorders that are a direct extension of the body-diminishment mantra.

Here's an article that talks about how pernicious the push toward skinniness is.

http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/balance/article/953270

Basically, every type of "diet" is an eating disorder, because it's an unnatural way to eat. Any time a woman denies herself the food that she wants, that's disordered eating. What all of the diet-starvation and exercise-torture industries are actually doing is giving women eating disorders. That's their modus operandi.

Women, she says, are insecure about their looks and large-scale market interests, such as the clothing, food, diet, health and cosmetic industries, exploit that for massive profits. Even girls as young as seven and eight, she says, learn that the "rewards of our society go to those who conform, not simply on the level of overt behaviour, but on the level of biology." It's a disturbing social phenomenon, the author says, this intense, day-to-day involvement which the pursuit of thinness demands. She sees many parallels between this reality and the demands of a religious cult. It's disturbing how ritualistic the pursuit of thinness can become.
The comparison to a "cult" is exactly right, because, as the "aesthetics of guilt" post noted, there is an oppressive, moralistic dimension to thin-supremacist brainwashing. It redefines "good" as starvation, and "bad" as nourshing oneself. How ridiculous! That's backwards thinking. (Consider what many a women says when she allows herself something delicious after prolonged deprivation: "I've been bad.") Rather, the truth is that nourshing oneself is good, and starvation is bad. To do the opposite is not only unhealthy, but completely counter-intuitive; but that's how much this cult-like thinking twists the mind.

Women have to reject these distorted values, free themselves, embrace the fact that they can eat whatever they want, and as much as they want; that indulging themselves is not "bad," but "good"; that it's okay, even wonderful, to eat whatever you like; that the body doesn't have a morality, just a natural, healthy appetite that instinctively guides a woman toward what she should eat, and how much. There's nothing "wicked" or "sinful" or "wrong" about having a second helping, or a rich dessert; just a normal, enjoyable process of satisfying the body's needs.

Stop starving; start living.

M. Lopez
13th May 2010, 04:35
Women have to reject these distorted values, free themselves, embrace the fact that they can eat whatever they want, and as much as they want; that indulging themselves is not "bad," but "good"; that it's okay, even wonderful, to eat whatever you like; that the body doesn't have a morality, just a natural, healthy appetite that instinctively guides a woman toward what she should eat, and how much. There's nothing "wicked" or "sinful" or "wrong" about having a second helping, or a rich dessert; just a normal, enjoyable process of satisfying the body's needs.
Very well said. The idea came to my mind today as I read this piece at the New York Times, discussing a new book about "a childhood shaped by the Bay Area and Its food":

http://bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/a-childhood-shaped-by-the-bay-area-and-its-food/

It talks about the salutary properties of indulgence. The author describes one lady as deriving great joy from her dessert, when she was otherwise down:

For about two hours, she described this incredibly voluptuous, almost erotic experience of eating this cake. It was this incredible fantasy that was clearly about wanting to still taste her life.
This is a lovely statement:

Baking was a lifeline for me, it added a literal and a figurative sweetness to my life that I needed and I could count on. I still feel that way.

There really is a reason to have pleasure for its own sake. It doesn’t always have to be good for you. Sometimes it just has to be good for your soul.
Exactly. This is something that is too often forgotten in our overly constrictive, oppressively controlling world.

HSG
21st November 2010, 14:05
Basically, every type of "diet" is an eating disorder, because it's an unnatural way to eat. Any time a woman denies herself the food that she wants, that's disordered eating. What all of the diet-starvation and exercise-torture industries are actually doing is giving women eating disorders.

Rather, the truth is that nourshing oneself is good, and starvation is bad.

Stop starving; start living.
Excellent points, which all women should keep in mind. They are seemingly so obvious, yet the media has twisted people's minds so completely that these self-evident truths come as shocking revelations to the majority of women.

The very concept of dieting, of withholding food from oneself when one wants to eat, is utterly ludicrous. Imagine: paying money to starve; paying money to look ill; paying money to mimic an eating disorder. Torturing oneself in ways that will not only harm one's health, but one's looks as well.

The latter point is the key, though. If women had not been duped into thinking that they somehow look "better" if they appear gaunt and emaciated, then diet-industry propaganda would have no effect.

However, the increasing popularity of plus-size models--at least of the genuinely full-figured variety--has the potential to undo this brainwashing, to help women see themselves clearly and recognize the true appearance of womanly beauty.

Imagine what will happen when a greater number of women discover images of luscious goddesses who are their own size <i>or even curvier,</i> like stunning size-28 Rosie Mercado. Then, not only will they realize that they don't need to lose a single inch, not a single pound, to be beautiful, but they will feel liberated to indulge more freely, to eat they way they have always wanted to eat, and to blossom into a fuller, more comfortable size.

How appalling that mass-media indoctrination has duped women into thinking that beauty must be associated with pain and suffering. Nonsense. In truth, beauty and happiness go hand in hand. Exposure to images of gorgeous, well-fed models will show women that <i>pleasure</i> is the route to beauty, that self-indulgence is the path to loveliness. The female body knows this intuitively; it is time for the mind to recognize this as well.

Returning to the premise of the original article, here are <i>the</i> top 10 reasons not to lose weight:

1. Curves are gorgeous.
2. Curves are feminine.
3. Curves are sexy.
4. Curves are alluring.
5. Curves are seductive.
6. Curves are sensual.
7. Curves are beautiful.
8. Curves are bewitching.
9. Curves are desirable.

and

10. Curves are irresistible.

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