One of my Christmas presents this year was the second season of 90210. I consider it one of my guilty pleasures. It's incredibly cheesy and after each episode I feel as if I have watched an after school special. The clothes and hairdo's are classic 80's fabulous. But there's something else I love about it..
The girls in this show actually have healthy bodies. HIPS. Imagine that! A show with females that look like you and me. Novel isn't it?
I don't know when this..
But I don't like it. I'm sorry, but I believe girls should have curves. I find it hard to believe that this is healthy..
Now, I can't be sure. Perhaps these girls are naturally skinny. But I think we can all agree that most women do not have these bodies. What I think t.v. isn't showing us, and what us women aren't remembering is that according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average weight for an adult female in the United States is: 162.9 pounds
That's right 163 pounds! (I'm rounding up, to make myself feel better!) (Another small fact is that the average women's pants size is 12)
Don't get me wrong, I completely believe you should be healthy. I think every woman is different and I think that some people are naturally skinny (I hate them :) But I also think that t.v., models, magazines, actresses, etc.. are telling us as women to be abnormally skinny. Seriously, ABNORMALLY.
I guess what I am getting at is this. I think we all talk and talk about this, and how unfair it is. But little old me is going to do something about it. Granted something small, but still something. I am choosing to not buy magazines that encourage a ridiculous body image. I choose not to watch shows that aren't helping my self esteem. That showcase unhealthiness.
What?!!! Caity, are you crazy? Some shows on t.v. are so funny! They are awesome! I know, I know. And believe me, I haven't always chosen to do this. I have been a a big fan of the O.C. Unfortunately I think some of my self esteem is based off how I feel after watching these shows. I will find myself thinking afterward.. wow, I need to lose weight. Or I feel depressed thinking I will never look like these girls.
I am sure some girls say it doesn't affect them in that way, and maybe it doesn't. But I would wager money that it doesn't help you have a healthy body image. So I choose to not support this. I don't want my kids growing up comparing themselves to these bizarro t.v. personalities. So maybe if enough of us stop supporting this, our kids won't have to.
I was flying home from Washington and thinking to myself how different life would be if we all looked identical and the only thing that was distinguishable in all of us was our personality. How very very different Hollywood would look, how different life would be.
Anyway, off my soap box I go, just thought I would start my New Year on a realistic note. What do you think? Anybody agree or disagree, I would love to hear opinions.