Today is day 8 of my "on track" streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days, 13 days, and 53 days.)
I just read an article on People Online and I'm so furious! The article was written by a "celebrity trainer", judging the bodies of former Disney TV stars. Here is the link....and if People is smart, they will take the article down, because judging by the comments others have left, I'm not the only one who is angry about this article;
All of these beautiful young women being treated like cattle, being rated for their bodies and not their talent (or lack thereof.) Being judged by how they look and for how thin or not thin they are! Its so disgusting and so WRONG.
I'm not even a fan of Christina Aguilera, but what was said about her in this article just totally ticked me off....
"While I applaud her for embracing her body, I can't help but be a little skeptical. While she's definitely not grossly overweight, she doesn't look comfortable in her own skin like she did once upon a time. When Christina was in prime shape, she commanded attention and exuded confidence. What do you think? "
What do I think? I think its none of your business or mine to judge Christina Aguilera or anyone else for their body. Body shaming is NOT right! With articles like this being put out there, no wonder so many people are suffering from eating disorders and low self esteem!
We are more than just our bodies, you know. We are more than a dress size or a number on a scale. We are our hopes and our dreams. We are the love we give and receive. We are our talents and strengths. We are also our failures and weaknesses. But no one has the right to judge us for these things or for how we look! With articles like this, is it any surprise that Demi Lovato suffered from eating disorders?
My Spark friends all probably know that I really advocate loving yourself no matter what your weight is! Its okay to say "I want to lose weight" but its so important to love yourself NOW, not ten pounds from now. Lose the weight to be HEALTHY, but not so that you will love yourself more. Because if you don't love yourself now, you will never really love yourself, not even when you finally reach whatever size you are dreaming off.
Please, love yourself and your body no matter what size you are. Love yourself enough to treat your body with respect by feeding it healthy food and giving it exercise. You are worth it!
By the way, this is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Way to go with such a great article, People Magazine! (Sarcasm)
UPDATE: (Feb 28)
The writer of the People Online blog, Harley Pasternak, has added a message to People Online, here it is;
To those of you whom I offended in today's blog, I apologize. It was absolutely not my intention to do so.
In no way, shape or form do I think that a woman's value is determined by her weight. I was not commenting on these women's worth. Above all, I am an advocate for health. Health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and overall wellness. I am not an expert on self-worth or psychological well-being, i am an expert on nutrition and fitness, and in this blog, that is what I discuss weekly. Skinny does not equal healthy, and fat does not equal unhealthy, and neither can determine who you are as a person.
I understand the objection that many of you had that i commented on women that have never been clients of mine, and I can't help but agree with you. I should not have commented on people i don't know information about first hand.
As we all know, as a nation, we're out of shape, and my job is to help people be the healthiest versions o f themse lves through diet and exercise. But we're also a nation fighting eating disorders and body image issues, and I should be more sensitive to both issues.
Please accept my apologies.