9 Dec

Stephanie:

Oh, I love, love, love this.

Originally posted on Broadside:

What scientists call "Overweight" ch...

What scientists call “Overweight” changes with our knowledge of human health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to lose it completely.

Some of you read Kristen Lamb, who writes a blog about writing. It’s extremely popular and usually very helpful. But her latest post was a digression – an extended piece about being a size 10/12 and why she feels fat:

I am healthy, have beautiful skin and hair. I have enough energy to power a small city and am never sick, but I am still a size 10-12 and 170 pounds.

Why is it no one looks like me?

When we look on TV, we are confronted with extremes–super skinny or clinically obese. We are calling anorexics “beautiful” and calling dangerously obese women “curvy.” We are an a country that is dying because of euphemisms. I hear parents call morbidly obese children “husky,” “big-boned” or “muscular.” We have retailers…

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  1. broadsideblog December 10, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Thanks so much! I was born in Vancouver, and have a strong suspicion that having grown up in Canada (in the 1970s — I, too, like to use parentheses; born in YVR) created this conviction in me. I think Canadian women are more sensible (maybe European?) in how we view our bodies and our lives.

    • Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 7:27 am #

      Oh, I’d love to say you’re right on that, but I have as many body issues as the next girl. I just try not to talk about them or focus on them, because frankly, they’re boring. There are so many more interesting, and, as you say, important, things to discuss and spend time focusing on.

  2. Katie @ Domestiphobia.net December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Brilliant! I especially love the list of things we should be focusing on. I kind of want to print that list and tape it to my office wall.

    • Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

      Yeah, I know. I like when people write stuff like this and I get reminded of it. It’s such an easy trap to fall into.

  3. Spinny Liberal December 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Reminds me of that line from Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen, “Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.”

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