|24th August 2005||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Our ''healthy diets'' were killing us
I think the UK newspaper The Daily Mirror is becoming an ally of the cause. Just yesterday, it ran a story about how dieting has totally ruined the health of three young women in Britain.
It's not just that they starved themselves. It's that the so-called "healthy" food they were eating wasn't giving them anywhere near the nourishment they desperately needed.
I know there's a danger that reading stories like this could lead to "mimicked behavior," but maybe this article could actually give some young girls enough warning to stop depriving themselves of the food they need.
The three women in the story acknowledge health problems like:
-erratic or nonexistent periods
-dry flaky skin
"my body felt weak. I was constantly picking up bugs and viruses and I had to take so much time off work I eventually quit my job because I wasn't there enough."
"I started to black out from lack of food. I would faint at work, on trains, and even in checkout queues."
"My lack of nutrition meant I had a low blood sugar level and I was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia."
And for what? Who wants to live a life like that- like a famine victim in Ethiopia?
And ironically, they acknowledge that they just ended up obsessing about food anyway, and that it basically rules their lives. What a waste.
But the most tragic comment of all is this admission, by the woman who seems to be suffering the most:
"My so-called 'healthy' diet means I'll be dealing with my health problems for the rest of my life."
Now that's something to think about, the next time anyone starts spouting curve-o-phobic propaganda, or the next time some young woman hesitates before enjoying the "cakes, biscuits and sweets" and "butter, cheese and pastry" that these women refused to eat- with such debilitating results.
It turns out that those were they very foods they should have been eating- to be healthy.
|24th August 2005||#2|
Join Date: July 2005
Re: Our ''healthy diets'' were killing us
Those stories of orthexia nervosa (a relatively new term) are certainly distressing, and hopefully, the article will serve as a cautionary tale. In particular, it is vital for the public to reassess its understanding of "health." Who is actually healthier--the size-18 goddess who eats whatever she wants, and enjoys life to the fullest, or the self-denying individuals mentioned in the article, whose unnatural diets have completely ruined their bodies--not just aesthetically, but even physically?
But even less extreme dieting significantly diminishes one's quality of life. Consider the admission made by one woman in the article, who acknowledges that "Small things like going to restaurants are out of the question as I don't know for sure what's in the food." Surely there are better and more enjoyable ways to spend one's time on this planet than by sentencing oneself to a veritable prison . . .
Despite every modern media myth, it turns out that not only do "sexy girls have dessert" (as the advertising slogan goes), but healthy girls have dessert, too.
Linda Caffa (Euromodel agency, US 14/16) modelling for www.bigisbeautiful.nl, Summer 2005.
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