Skinny is the New Sexy?

Does she appear "fat" to you?
I have to blog on such an interesting topic and a world-wide trend that's rapidly developing into what I believe is a downhill spiral.  With recent allegations slamming celebrities Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson (just to name a few) that they've gained too much weight and are now defined as "fat", disgusts me.  I've seen the words "Cyrus Gets Fat", "Simpson Huge", "Kelly' Needs to Lose Weight" plastered across magazine headlines.  Since when did it become okay for the world to criticize someone on their weight, when those who are making these allegations are probably overweight themselves?

Let's begin with Miley Cyrus.  I was flabbergasted when I saw on my general breaking news app claiming "Cyrus Piled on the Pounds" and was "Sporting a Much Rounder Face".  Cyrus later defended herself on the social media site, Twitter, saying "By calling girls like me fat this is what you're doing to other people. I love MYSELF", with a graphic picture of a woman obviously suffering from some type of eating disorder.  I completely agree with Cyrus's response and couldn't have put it better.  She's piling on the pounds? Come on people... she's nineteen years old!  When girls grow, they turn into women.  It's a biological process called aging.  Women continue to grow as late as their early twenties.  We develop curves and our bodies change significantly.  By calling a nineteen-year-old fat, you're trying to ruin her self esteem when she's a beautiful young adult who should be building her self esteem, not having it ruined by some people who are self conscious and feel a need to take it out on those whom they envy.


In this day in age, it's difficult being a woman.  There's constant ads on television with weight loss techniques, claiming you can lose pounds with a snap of a finger.  There's scrutiny in the public school system where girls (and boys) are bullied for being overweight.  There's also fashion shows where women who are stick thin are portrayed as perfect.  One of the worst was the Victoria's Secret Fashion show which aired this past fall.  The models were being interviewed by DJ's and magazines, where they were begged to reveal their "secret diets".  I listened to the radio the morning of the fashion show, where the DJ's were teasing things like "Next we interview a Victoria's Secret Model on how to get slim", "Get the perfect body of a Victoria's Secret Model".  Most of those girls were confessing that they were on liquid diets a few months prior to the fashion show airing to lose the extra pounds.  Just the other day I was reading a magazine where over 20 pages were articles and tips about how to achieve the perfect body weight.  So what is the perfect body weight?  According to howmuchshouldiweigh.org, you can calculate your ideal weight by entering your height and gender.  I personally like this website, because it's based on what your ideal weight should be, not a desirable weight predetermined by those who believe 95lbs is the new sexy.

It's hard not to put thoughts into your head that you're overweight when clearly you're not, especially with social media.  A majority of the girls I'm friends with on my social media site are always ranting about how they're too fat and desire to be skinny.  
I too have fallen victim to this latest "skinny" trend.  I began to feel insecure when those allegations were made about Miley Cyrus, simply because she's reportedly (I'm not sure if this is accurate or not) the same height as I am.  If our weight is to be calculated by height and gender, then we would fall into the same weight category.  If she's being called fat, then wouldn't I?  Recently I've decreased my daily calorie intake from 1,500 calories a day to 1,200, and only snacking on vegetables and fruit when I feel hungry.  I am making this dietary change for my own personal benefit, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't trying to slim down to a smaller size.  I feel much better since I've reduced the junk food intake in my daily diet, but am feeling pressure each and every day to slim down to the desirable size 0.  Size 0 to me, on my body (unless you're ideal size is a 0 based on your height and gender) screams zero curves, and zero sexiness for my personal body.  I have several friends who are a size 0, but they are barely past 5 feet and they are beautiful and at their ideal weight.  This just in- we're not all the same height.  I'm perfectly fine with my 5 ft. 3 1/2  inch size 4 body, and will continue to rock it the best way I know how.  We're all beautiful in our own way!  Don't let tabloids and the media distort your idea of a healthy weight or put in your head what a perfect body looks like. 



-M


Courtesy: Twitter.com, http://gossipandstars.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/miley-cyrus-weight-loss-thumb-437x615.jpg?w=390&h=550, http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6032/6323519816_be30e026e7.jpg, howmuchshouldiweigh.org

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