Thin is in.

I torture myself every day wishing I was skinny. It’s so sad that I and many others feel such a constant pressure from every medium possible that “thin is in”. This pressure is the reason  that sufferers of anorexia and bulimia are becoming increasingly  younger. This trend sadly will not die in the foreseeable future, although many of its victims undoubtedly will. With such a heavy influence we are forever considering ourselves mediocre. Why are we aspiring to look like women that don’t even look as perfect as we think. They are airbrushed of course and god only knows how miserable and unhealthy they are from starving themselves from food.

No matter how often I tell myself that it isn’t healthy to be so thin I still want to be that thin. Every time I see a person thinner than me I feel a sense of longing. I want people to look at me and think “wow she’s skinny she looks great”. I hate that I feel this constant need to be thin. I’m ashamed that I have bowed to the pressures.

I can only blame the media. If the beautiful women we see in Magazines and on television weren’t so thin, then it would be a different story. We wouldn’t see anything glamorous about being underweight. Marilyn Monroe in the height of her success was a UK size 16. This shocks people when I tell them. They don’t believe it. But nobody in television those days was thin so there was no comparing of her weight.

I hate that I too feel the pressures. I wish I could say otherwise, but I want to be skinny.

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3 thoughts on “Thin is in.

  1. I can totally relate to this – it feels like a lifetime of wishing I was a different shape. However, I have worked very hard the last few years to accept myself for what I am – unless I have surgery on 90% of my body I am not going to be a supermodel, so it’s time to say “Enough is enough”. Franklin is right – we have enough standards to live up to, and I have 3 daughters who look to me to set an example. So here it is: wake up tomorrow and say “I love myself. I am going to be as healthy as I can without boring myself (and others) to death or getting obsessive, I am going to stop dieting and stop talking about diets. I am going to set an example to the next generation, so that we can end this destructive cycle, show the fashion industry they are wrong and set our own standards.” Wouldn’t it be great if we really could do this?

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