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Oh, such great advice! Nice reminders there. Perhaps I'll go have a handful of nuts now. |
Xilaren, I understand about the media; it's so easy for people to say "well just don't listen to them" and to ignore the media messages, but it's really very difficult. Even when I was in the US with TV I rarely watched it, but in some cultures (mine) we were raised with messages of what's beautiful or not, and it's VERY hard to get rid of those things that are ingrained in us.
Sometimes I think if I was on a deserted island, just me, I really wouldn't care if my butt's a little big. I really wouldn't. But in a society with all these people I am sometimes conscious of what I look like and I feel like something's wrong with me because my bottom half is a size larger than my top half. Ugh. And it doesn't help when guys ogle over the gorgeous women in front of us, it just makes us feel worse - DID YOU HEAR THAT GUYS?
Someone I know, when this topic comes up, tells me to ignore all that. He says why should I care, I should be stronger than all those messages. But that's so much easier said than done. I think it's stronger than a religion in some cases. It's so deep and so old, and subconscious.
When you're thinking of those women, or of dieting, just put your HEALTH first. Ask yourself if you're healthy and eating or exercising in a healthy way. If you aren't, do it and you will look better too. If you already are, but you're still unhappy with your body, eat a bit healthier or exercise a little more. It can't hurt. But crash dieting is useless and harmful.
Now I must go try to take my own advice.... *sigh...*