Slim is in…or so the talk show hosts, Oscar winning actresses and the aloof models on the covers of glossy magazines keep on telling us. The 21st century has brought many a change into the world, but some of them not so great.
We now live in a world where a size 12 is considered a plus size and curves are an atrocity. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say, but when society beholds women with figures other than stick thin as fat, it’s no wonder these very same women are hankering after different diets every few weeks. No woman wants to be called fat. Fat is unattractive. And so is the truth about dieting! Despite the masses of celebrities who swear by it, and the multi-million pound diet industry who forever have new tricks up their sleeves, the truth about diets is that they are designed not to work. At least not in the long run. The science behind dieting is simple enough; you eat less and so you gain less and ‘excess’ calories will drop off.Another simple truth is that humans are a diverse race; people come in all different shapes, colours and sizes. When a woman who is not overweight to begin with starts to diet, she is essentially starving herself. The weight will drop off, however, the body realises it is being starved and holds onto whatever nourishment it can. This basically means that the body holds onto fat more, which means that whilst dieting may produce temporary results, you’re are more likely to gain unnecessary and unwanted weight. This will undoubtedly cause you to try another diet. And so the cycle continues. ! ! What the diet industry has done has distracted women from what is really important, which has nothing to do with dress size or the number on the scales. What the diet industry has done is fool women into believing that the word skinny is interchangeable with words such as healthy and beautiful. It is important for us as women to realise that this is not the case, that dieting is essentially a waste of time and money and does more harm than good both mentally and physically. Rather than trying to achieve the same waistline as America’s next top model, women need to re-learn how to embrace who they are. After all, wouldn’t the world be a thoroughly uninteresting place if we were all the same dress size, colour and shape?!