Friday, August 21, 2009

Is THIS a "Normal" Woman's Body?

Take a look at this picture.

What are you thinking? How old do you think she is?

Do you think that this is how a "normal" girl should look?

What if I told you she is 20 years old and has never had children?

What if I told you she is a "plus sized" model?

Glamour fashion magazine commissioned this photo for their September issue in an article about feeling comfortable in your skin.

She is rapidly gain notoriety as "The woman on page .194". And getting a ton of approval from Glamour's female readers.

I can't help but think that in the face of enough generations of increasingly fat Americans, we're doing with health and fitness what the gas companies have done to the pump prices.

Ultimately, the end result is not better. I think that by embracing our "larger" selves we are compromising quality of life, taxing our own health and basically lowering our standards.

And personally, while I'm glad she's comfortable in her skin, I can't help but think that if she modified her diet and incorporated more exercise, she'd be even happier and more importantly: be able to live longer in her skin.

1 comment:

Allan said...

I saw this picture the other day and it actually made me think of you because you are easily the most health conscious person I know. If she was, say... A 31 year old mother of 3 I would give her the benefit of the doubt but not as a 20 year old model. Granted, I'm far from perfect but I'm also not trying to make a living off my body. Girls *should* be exposed to a more realistic body image than anything you'll see on a runway or in most magazines but by no means should they be encouraged to be an "average" woman when any doctor will tell you that the "average" American is unhealthy and overweight. Do we want our children to be like us or to be better than us?