As a woman is there a single day that goes by that you don’t think about your weight?
Do you think about it more than once a day? How many times? I’d like to say I never think about it, but that wouldn’t be true. It starts early in the morning when I shimmy into my jeans. Then there are constant reminders, like today when I saw a neighbor. “Wow! You’re really shaping up!” he exclaimed (I’ve recently lost some weight).
I know we need to keep our weight within a healthy range, but even before I lost the 15 or so pounds, I wasn’t really huge by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, clearly being smaller made enough of an impact on others around me that they would notice and remark about it.
Celebrities are especially easy targets. Jennifer Hudson, in a recent interview, says she experienced discrimination when she was heavier. Kelly Osbourne, talked about being a target first for being too fat, now the ‘net is abuzz with talk of her being too skinny. Then there’s Kirstie Alley, who’s now tearin’ it up on the dance floor, shakin’ it for the world to see, clearly very comfortable in her skin. But it wasn’t long ago she was making headlines her expanding girth. What is the deal with women and their weight? Why the preoccupation and why do men for some reason get a big, stinkin’ pass?
That’s exactly the point of this article I read today on Salon.com. The writer points out that Weight Watchers, is now going after a new male demo – and how long it’s taken to reach this point. Stats show nearly 70 percent of men are overweight compared to 52 percent of women and yet who’s primarily seen on TV, drinking the shakes or eating the flakes to lose weight? You guessed it. Why don’t we see the, as the article points out, weighty men represented?
My take is right in line with the writer of the article; it is ALL about the double standard. Yes Rush Limbaugh’s weight has famously fluctuated, but his career has been pretty steady. Same with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who eventually lost 100 pounds, but prior to that was undoubtedly obese. And how about Kevin James, James Galdofini and Jonah Hill. Quick – name their female equivalents.
How do we change it? Well for one, we need to celebrate more than a slim body on women, oh, say how about, BRAINS? How about we watch what we say about ourselves, our weight and other women around our children so they develop a healthy understating and appreciation for smarts, not a size 6 skirt? I am not saying we should not be healthy, of course, that’s a given. But a dose of realism and equality might be nice to go with that good, strong ticker.
Okay, enough of what I think, how about you? Does is piss you off that there’s so much attention given to women and their weight and yet men seem to get a pass? What will you tell your kids about it and what kind of behavior will you model for them?
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