whew! It is hot out this morning!
I like it!
Course because my home is cement floors and in the shade all morning, it is wonderfully cool in here. I had several members ask if they could move in for the summer, as their homes are so warm already. It also meant everyone was comfortable for the meeting.
Weigh in went very well! Only one gain of .4...one very feeling guilty June (Graeme's mother). I do not think she did anything wrong, it is what it is, but she does beat herself up so....especially when her loving son lost 10 lbs this week!
I asked him but he said, "I do not have a clue how I did it" Said he did nothing different or extra...10 lbs! I wish I could lose that so easily!
I did lose this week but once again, just a very little number. Don't even remember what it was, it was so small, something like .1 or .2....doesn't matter, wither way I will take it!
Today I started a series on body image. The first part is a summary of interesting bits and pieces titled Mirror Mirror. Following young girls and young boys through to adults and the influences along the way. The second part is Men's body image in 6 parts. I felt it only fair to do this series for Graeme, as last summer we put him through a series on Women's body image, so some of you may not care for the next few discussions.
It was on everyones mind as we travelled through the childhood views, that the body image problem is becoming a problem at a younger and younger age. Several of us remember several years ago, when I first started bringing up topics of body image, that the average age of a young dieter was 13/14 years of age.
Today, we learned that 25% of girls under the age of 7, (Yes! 7!) have already been on a diet! By the age of 10, that number rises to 81% Another random statement said that 41% of of elementary school Japanese girls, ages starting at 6, thought they were too fat.
Boys were found to be significantly less critical of their appearance than the girls. Even the obese boys were less worried about their looks compared to girls of similar ages.
This is not a problem just in the USA or Canada, it is a worldwide problem. I attribute the facts of computers, TV, music videos and magazines to be the dominant influence of this worldwide problem.
The problems do not stop at those pre adolescent years, but carries on through the teens and into their adult years, especially in women. Standards of female beauty have become progressively more unrealistic during the 20th century. In 1917, the physically perfect woman was about 5'4" and weighed in around 140 pounds. Even Marilyn Monroe, at the top of her career, 40-50 years later, was 160 lbs.
Top models and beauty queens, just 25 years ago, weighed only 8 % less than the average woman....Now? those top models and beauty queens weigh 23% less The current media ideal for women is achievable by less than 5% of the female population, and that is just in terms of weight and size! If you want the ideal shape, face etc, it is probably more like 1%
Scary expectations of ourselves! And we wonder why we keep failing, when we try desparately to lose weight? Looks pretty obvious to me, with odds like those, and the pressure that we put on ourselves, to become the ideal image that we have stuck to the wall of our brain. We will never measure up.
Next week, we will be covering the second half of this particular paper. None of us peeked ahead to see what is in store but I would assume that we will be discussing the influences next, before we move into the unknown territory of men's body image issues.
Have yourselves a good week and a fine day!
See ya lighter!