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Ho Ho Hold the diet talk so I can enjoy my dinner, please!

“Avoid holiday weight gain”
“How to not get FAT during the holidays”
“Avoid dreaded holiday weight gain”

Yup, as quickly as the holiday decorations go up, so do our fears about how much weight we’re going to gain during the festivities. It’s really not surprising considering how much fat talk goes on at this time. While so many magazines adorn their covers with pictures of yummy, holiday food and recipes, there are even more that fill their pages with expert advice on how to get rid of the calories and fat grams we’ve ingested if we indulge in any.

We need to enjoy more and worry less.

Yes, people do tend to eat more during the holidays, but the last thing you want to do after that happens is throw yourself onto a restrictive diet. Believe it or not, the best thing to do is to just return to your normal eating habits. Our bodies know where they like to be and if we treat them with kindness and respect by being physically active and nourishing them in a healthy, BALANCED way, they will return to a weight that is comfortable for us.

Panicking about the “damage” we’ve done will only increase anxiety and increased anxiety can lead to, you guess it, WEIGHT GAIN!

SO PLEASE try to enjoy the people you’re with, the blessings you have and the food you’re eating because life is too short to spend it chained to a scale.

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But I don’t want my daughter to be mad at me! (When you need to step in anyway)

“I just knew something was wrong with my daughter. I just FELT it.”

Yesterday, a woman approached me and shared her experience of finding out that her 13 year old daughter was struggling with an eating disorder. It’s been many years and a whole lot of therapy and hard work, but¬†her daughter¬†is finally walking the road to recovery. What I found really inspiring about this mom, was her ability and willingness to listen to what her gut instincts were telling her.

“There were no obvious signs.¬†Things were subtle at first, a¬†little gradual weightloss, small changes in her eating habits and a stronger interest in the calorie content of foods she was eating. But I just knew that something was up.”

One night, during a family dinner, this mom noticed that her daughter was indulging in way more desserts than usual and seemed a little stressed. The next thing she saw was her daughter head upstairs towards the bathroom and her gut told her to follow right behind her. When they reached the top of the stairs, her daughter turned to her and said, “Mom! What are you doing?!” Her mom didn’t explain that she was worried her daughter was about to stick her fingers down her throat in an effort to purge her body of the candy and cookies she had just consumed and wasn’t about to make it easier for her. Instead, she just told her that she was going to stand outside the bathroom door and wait for her. Thus began an angry exchange of not so pleasant words where her daughter begged her to STOP being so nosy and rude¬†and to¬†leave her ALONE! Her mother refused. After several minutes, her daughter went into the bathroom and walked out a minute or 2 later, unable to accomplish what she had set out to. Her mom looked her in eyes and said gently but firmly, “We are going for help.”

It is so important for parents to listen to their gut instincts when it comes to their children’s well being.

Another mother recently told me that she has a strong feeling her 17 year old daughter is struggling with something and thinks she is using food as¬†a sort of coping mechanism. She’s worried but her daughter does not like to talk about her feelings,¬†keeps to herself¬†and gets angry everytime she tries to initiate any conversation.

“I don’t want her to be mad at me,” Her mom explained.

Being the mother of a teenager myself, I understand that it is no fun when our teens get moody and confrontational. They can get downright mean. But while there are times when we need to just back off and give them space, there are also times when we need to put ourselves in the line of fire and risk taking a few shots if it means saving our kids.

Vanessa was 15 years old when her body image issues started turning into an eating disorder and she was 16 when her mother figured out what was going on. Vanessa shared her feelings about “Meddling” parents with me:

“I think that kids who are suffering with this WANT their parents to know about it and to ask about it. Even if they seem mad at first, it’ll feel good to be acknowledged. They’ll feel safe. For me, my food issues got worse when I was stressed and a lot of my stress came from school. It was very difficult for me to open up about my food issues and a lot easier for me to talk about school. It was great when my mom asked me how things were going at school and about regular life stresses because it helped relieve some of the pressure I was feeling. Feeling less stressed helped with my food situation. I know it may seem like kids don’t want to talk about their problems with their parents all the time, but we really do need to know that they’re there and that they care.”

If you feel that your kids are struggling with something, step in, ask questions¬†and let them know that you’re there for them if and when they ever need to talk. They may not be ready to share what they’re going through with you right away but at least they’ll know that you are ready to listen when the time comes.

Do NOT worry about them getting angry at you. It’s better to have an angry, healthy kid than a sick one. I promise, they will forgive you. As parents, we can’t always help our kids, but we need to know that we’ve done everything we can to at least try. You’ll never regret trying butting in, and you never want to regret staying silent.

Let’s spread holiday cheer not weight gain fears on to our kids

Is it just me or does it seem like around this time of year almost every month includes some kind of holiday which encourages our families and friends to get together and our grocery stores to be FILLED with aisles and aisles of candy and cake?

Halloween leads into Christmas which leads to New Year’s, then comes Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day.¬†That’s a lot of celebrating and a lot of opportunity to indulge in the types and amounts of food we might¬†usually try to avoid. Along with the overdulging come the inevitable feelings of GUILT it brings and I think it’s time we scratched that part off our holiday To Do lists. Does that mean we should eat until our pants can’t close? Nope. It just means that we have to let ourselves eat the foods we love, enjoy the food we love and then MOVE ON. It’s the guilt that can drive us to eat¬† more than we even want to.¬†Sometimes we feel like we’ve already ruined our diet so we might as well keep eating..and eating. Other times, it’s the promise to spend EXTRA time at the gym to repent for our food sins that lead us back to the kitchen a few too many times. Food is good. It can however become “less good” when we throw a ton of emotion around it and let our emotions guide how much or how little we eat.

The biggest problem with how distorted our emotions get around food during the holidays is the impact it can have on our kids. It so important that kids learn how to listen to their bodies. It’s all about balance and moderation. They need to learn how to eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’ve had enough. How we act around food and our bodies around our kids will have a huge affect on¬† their own relationship with food as they get older.

Here are a few DOs and some DON’Ts when it comes to the messages we send to our kids about food during the next few months:

DO remember that while food plays a big role in how we celebrate, the holidays aren’t actually ABOUT food. Remember to focus on spending time with your friends or family.

DON’T make comments like:” I’m gonna wear my fat pants tonight!” Seems harmless but our kids might get the message that overeating is expected when they should always be listening to their body’s natural hunger cues.

DO get physical during the day: Is a big dinner on the agenda? Plan some family activities during the day to balance things out. Keep it simple. Try going for a long walk or taking a trip to the skating arena, for example.

DON’T say: “I’m going to be spending a few extra hours at the gym this week to pay for the damage I just did!”

We really want to stay away from negatives when it comes to how we eat and exercise. Exercise should be something we do because we like our bodies, not what we do to punish them for eating badly.

DO try to find healthier options when possible. That does NOT mean swapping¬†Aunt¬†Helen’s¬†homemade cookies for some “diet” option that will leave you feeling less than satisfied, or nibbling on lettuce leaves all night long. But when given the option,¬†choose more of the¬†items that haven’t been soaked in butter or deep fried in oil and make sure you’re¬†eating your fruits and veggies so they’ll be a little less room for heavier stuff.¬†Demonstrating this kind of eating for your kids will send¬†a healthy¬†message without you having to say a word.

DON’T deprive yourself or your kids. The last thing you want to do is forbid yourself to eat the foods you love, you’ll only set yourself up for overeating them later on. Remember, balance is key. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “Honey, one piece of pie is enough, if you eat more you’ll just feel sick later” but you want to avoid things like, ” Pie is so fattening, you should eat an apple instead!” It’s the holidays…live a little.

DO move from the table once the meal is done. If the party¬†is at your house, move to the living room or den.¬†If¬† your sitting in front of the food it will continue to tempt you..even if you’re full.

 

DO be as kind and generous with yourself as you are to the guests in your home. Show your kids that holiday feasts are more about creating memories with loved ones than about eating until you burst and then complaining about it afterwards.

What do you think? Does the idea of holiday meals fill you with joy or anxiety?

Treat or Treat..afraid to eat? Don’t be!

Halloween is almost here, which means that kids have started getting excited about the bounty of candy they’ll be getting and their parents are getting anxious about the very same thing. I don’t think I’d be shocking anyone by calling our society weight obsessed and fat-phobic. It’s the truth. We are. There has been so much focus being put on the issue of obesity recently that we have become terrified of every calorie or fat gram we consume and are unfortunately, passing this fear on to our kids.

It’s unneccessary.

When I was¬†growing up, Halloween was simply a fun opportunity to dress up in silly costumes, hang out with your friends and get candy from neighbors.¬†I remember¬†when¬†local news programs would talk¬†about the trendiest costumes and the neighborhoods with the scariest haunted houses. But now I’ve seen things change in a way I am not thrilled about. It seems that there are things that have become much more terrifying than witches and werewolves and these things are called…brace yourself…..CALORIES!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!

Gone are the days when we can unwrap¬†and enjoy¬†a piece of caramel or licorice without immediately calculating how many calories they contain. I watched a news segment last night that was all about the amount of calories in “Fun size” treats. Here’s the thing, I have no problem with adults understanding what goes into the foods they and their kids are eating. Actually, I think it’s important that we know what we’re putting in our bodies. What I DON’T want, however, is for us to hit our kids over the head with this information.

Kids are being inundated with messages about “Good” and “Bad” foods and these messages are not teaching them how to eat properly, but instead are creating an irrational fear around food in general. Contrary to all of the recent anti-obesity campaigns that use fear and shame to get kids to eat better, there is another way. The problem with focusing on fat and calories is that we make it an issue of WEIGHT instead of HEALTH. When people think of calories, they automatically think of weight and we want our kids to eat in a healthy way so they can be HEALTHY, not skinny.

Some Halloween candy tips:

1.¬†DON’T point out how many calories are in the treats they bring home. Instead, decide (together) beforehand how many treats they’ll be allowed to have each day and explain that if they eat more, they’ll¬†FEEL icky….besides, the candy will last longer.

2. DO show them that even candy is okay to eat IF it’s part of an overall healthy, balanced lifestyle¬†( including regular physical activity). Demonstrate that by providing healthier options throughout the day so they understand how the sugary/salty snacks should play a much smaller role in their diet than the healthier stuff.

3.¬†DON’T put a deadline on candy consumption.

Some parents let their kids go nuts for one or two days and then toss the rest of it in the garbage (or hide¬†it in their own closets..but I don’t judge). Bad Idea.

The last thing we want to do is encougaing any kind of binge eating. Again, it’s all about balance.¬†Letting your child eat a¬†few gummy bears or chocolate covered raisins¬†is far less dangerous than being OVERLY restrictive and creating a kind of “forbidden fruit” situation where ALL they can think about is finding a way to get to it. I’ve heard stories of kids actually hiding candy in flashlights and pillowcases so they wouldn’t have to give it up. Now that’s scary.

Do explain that our bodies need lots of exercise and good nutrition in order for them to work well and FEEL good. The better we treat our bodies, the more energy we’ll have and the stronger we’ll be. Again, no mention of weight is neccessary. We want our kids to eat well because they want to FEEL good, not because they’re worried about LOOKING bad.

DON’T¬†worry so much. Your kids will be ok. Even if they have a little more candy than usual for next couple of weeks. Besides, there are scarier things to be concerned about when it comes to Halloween. (Have you seen the limited number of costume choices for girls these days that don’t have the word “Sexy” in front of them? But that’s another issue…).

Just think…in a few weeks, the treats will be gone and you’ll have survived another food driven holiday….just in time for Christmas. :o)

Happy Halloween!

Does the OMA want us to be HEALTHY or just skinny?

According to a recent article published in The Globe and Mail, the Ontario Medical Association says junk food should be treated the same way as tobacco, slapped with higher taxes and packaged with graphic warning labels.

Why is it that FEAR and SHAME have become the most popular¬†ways of attacking the obesity crisis we’re facing? Pssst..here’s a secret: It doesn’t work.

The OMA wants to start putting graphic images of diseased body parts on “Junk Food”. I suppose their plan¬†is that when people reach for a slice of pizza or can of Coke, they’ll see these nasty¬†images, realize that these foods are unhealthy and grab a fresh salad and tall glass of water instead.

There are a lot of reasons why I think this idea is assinine.

As a body image advocate and author, I can tell you that the last thing we want to do¬†is create fear and anxiety over food. Food isn’t something to be feared, but appreciated, respected and enjoyed. I¬† fully admit that we are a society that overindulges when it comes to what we put in our mouths, but negativity just breeds more negativity and is counterproductive in fighting the war against obesity. Have we completely given up on education? Instead of focusing on the evils of “Bad” food, why not teach people how to appreciate the healthier ones? Consulting¬†Dietician and Author, Rosie Schwartz speaks more about this here:http://rosieschwartz.com/2012/10/24/childhood-obesity-solutions-has-the-ontario-medical-association-gone-a-little-too-far/

I’m going to talk about something the OMA seems to be completely forgetting about and¬†what their primary focus should be: Our Health.

I would love to ask the doctors behind this plan if they are going to be issuing the same types of labels for all of the “Diet” products lining our shelves that are so loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals, they’re better suited for a chemistry lab than grocery store. These days, almost every food you can think of comes in a “lite” or diet version with words like FAT-FREE and SUGAR-FREE plastered on their packaging, fooling consumers into thinking that purchasing them means making healthier choices. Are there going to be graphic labels for these products as well? I’m thinking there will not.

So what exactly is their message? It sounds like they’re telling us that high calorie,high fat¬†“junk food” food will expand our waistlines and make us an economic drain on society, but the ones containing less fat and sugar are just fine; even though they are proving to be more and more dangerous to our overall health.

Obesity can lead to illnesses like Diabetes, but do they realize the same can be said for artificial sweeteners?¬†We are so terrified of gaining weight that we are¬†falling into the diet food trap and putting¬†our health at risk everyday by making what seem like healthy substitutions, not realizing that the “lighter” foods can be¬†equally detrimental to our quality of life: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/artificial-sweeteners-and-other-food-substitutes-dangerous-your-health?page=2#copy

I find it INFURIATING when I vist a school with my Fit vs Fiction Body Image workshops and see that in an effort to improve the health of their students they’ve removed the pop from their vending machines. While that sounds like a great idea, that effort is lost when they choose to replace it with DIET pop!

HOW is the diet stuff any healthier than the full sugar ones??

I am a huge believer in balance and moderation when it comes to how we eat. Scaring people away from certain foods won’t teach them how to eat, it just teaches them how not to.¬† I think we’re going about this the wrong way.

I’ve had enough of the ad campaigns that focus on everything we’re doing wrong instead of encouraging us to do better.

Yes, obesity is a serious issue but using fear as a way of getting people to do¬†change is pointless. Eating disorders are becoming more and more rampant among girls and boys as young as 5 years old and anyone who doesn’t think our society’s fat-phobia has a lot to do with that is deluding themselves.

If the OMA wants us to be healthier they need to remove their tunnel vision and start looking beyond the scale for what that really means.

Self-worth should not be measured in pounds.

Whose fantasy is this?!

A few days ago I was walking through the mall with my son and passed by a lingerie store displaying an enormous picture of a woman in a bra and underwear hanging in the front window. I looked at the picture and thought, ‚ÄúImagine how incredible it would be if the woman modelling that lingerie wasn‚Äôt¬† your typical Victoria Secret-esque model and the picture hadn‚Äôt been photo shopped or airbrushed in any way.‚ÄĚ I would love that!

Recently, lingerie model Erin Heatherton defended the use of photoshop ¬†saying, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not selling reality, we‚Äôre selling a story. It‚Äôs all about creating this fantasy.‚ÄĚ (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2219203/Victorias-Secret-Angel-Erin-Heatherton-defends-airbrushing.html)

But I have to ask, ‚ÄúWhose fantasy is this??‚Ä̬† I know it ain‚Äôt mine. I know that there are plenty of men who enjoy looking through Victoria Secret catalogues so maybe MEN are their target market. Are they hoping to create a fantasy for men that will encourage them to buy merchandise for their partners? I‚Äôm sure that‚Äôs part of it. But, as far as women are concerned, I‚Äôm not too sure using ‚Äúperfect‚ÄĚ looking models is the best way to sell their clothes. Here‚Äôs why:

If I see a cute bra and underwear set being worn by a blemish-free, bulge-free, wrinkle-free and crease-free young model, I may think, ‚ÄĚWow, that looks great!‚ÄĚ I may even want to try it on. But there‚Äôs a good chance I may be disappointed when it looks completely different on my body than it does on every ¬†body in every picture in the store. There‚Äôs also a good chance I will leave store without buying a thing..

Is it possible, that if these stores were bold enough to use pictures that have not been retouched of ‚Äúregular‚ÄĚ women wearing their clothes that it would actually increase their sales? Think about it. Wouldn‚Äôt it be cool to walk into a lingerie store and see pictures of different women with different body shapes modelling their lingerie? I for one would not be offended to see a model with some of that extra skin that pokes through the space between the breast and armpit area, or one with a few creases around her back or a softer stomach around her waistband. I think it would be great. Then women can have a more realistic expectation when they decide to try something on. I would love for all women to be able to walk into a change room and walk out with their self-esteem intact. There‚Äôs nothing self-esteem building about trying to compare a real body to one that‚Äôs been digitally altered. ¬†It‚Äôs been reported that 80% of women feel worse about themselves within 3 minutes of reading a fashion magazine. So I ask again, whose fantasy is this?

Why do supermodels have to be superhuman? When will we TRULY start glorifying HEALTHY bodies instead of just skinny ones?

 

 

Emotional Eating is HILARIOUS according to 2 sitcoms last night. uh..not so much.

Last night I found it interesting that¬†two sitcoms¬† joked about emotional eating. One focused on “grief eating” where the members of a support group helped their friend “heal” his grief by gorging over food and the other involved one of the characters telling a little girl that the best way to get over a heartbreak is to “fill the void with sugar” and demonstrated by jamming candy down his throat.

At the risk of sounding humorless, I didn’t like it. I understood it. But I didn’t like it. The writers were probably writing about a topic they could relate to and they thought enough other people would relate to, so what does that mean?

Could it be that some people overeat not because they lack self-control or discipline, not because they’re gluttons who just like to eat..but maybe…just maybe, it’s not always about FOOD. Could it be that the reason we are dealing with an obesity problem isn’t because there aren’t enough diet plans and programs out there (Lord knows, it ain’t hard to find diet advice) but maybe because we’re too busy criticizing, judging and making assumptions about people that we are avoiding the real issues behined the behavior. Personally, my eating disorder wasn’t about food. Food was just the weapon I used to destroy myself with, either by restricting it or compulsively overeating it, but it wasn’t the cause of my problems, just a symptom Fact is, it’s easier to try and deal with what we’re eating than to deal with why we’re eating it. I hit my rock bottom when the pain of how I was abusing food became more painful than why I started abusing it in the first place. Once I was ready to stop the behavior, I was free to tackle what was at the core of my disorder and start healing.
I know, I know, if I don’t like what I’m seeing, I don’t have to watch it. But let’s face it, ignoring an issue doesn’t make it go away. I get it, it’s a sitcom not a documetary, but if you’re going to tackle an issue like this with humor, can you not find a way to do it responsibly?
The writers behind the shows could probably relate to the content and assumed that many of their viewers would as well and I’m sure they did.¬†I know I¬†did. I also, believe it or not, can joke about my food history at times and understand that great comedians can find light in the darkest if situations, and hey, it’s just food,right?
But for so many people, it’s more than that and I know that it made me and many of the people I’ve been hearing from, more than a little uncomfortable.
FOOD.
We love it, we hate it, we fear it, we hide it, we celebrate with it, grieve with it, express love with it, restrict it, need it, overindulge in it and think about it waaay too much.
We spend so much time working against our bodies by trying to avoid eating, instead of working WITH our bodies and learning how to eat in a healthy, balanced way.
I guess I’m sensitive to this issue because I work with kids and parents who can’t enjoy a meal without it including a side order of shame and guilt and if we’re really going to get healthy, we need to be careful of the messages we send.

 

 

 

“Shouldn’t they be thinking about their babies instead?” asked my 13 year old son.

Enough already!

I get it. Celebrity women can get pregnant, be pregnant, deliver the baby and then be back to their pre-baby bodies within weeks. It’s nothing new. So can we please stop talking about it now??

I don’t believe in judging other people and truly believe in a “live and let live” philosophy, unless what’s being done is harmful to others. While I understand that celebrities are under a vicious type of scrutiny that us “regular folks” don’t have to deal with and I understand the intense pressure they’re under to look picture perfect minutes after childbirth, what I don’t appreciate is why the rest of us have to follow suit!

It must be awful to have to worry about people criticizing you on television and in magazines right after having experienced what should¬†be an incredible, life changing event. It must absolutely SUCK to have to spend what little time and energy¬†¬†they have, stressing over¬†the added pounds neccessary during pregnancy, but if they feel the need to throw themselves into extreme workout regiments and ultra restrictive diet plans, so be it. My anger comes from how the media tries to make it seem like THEY’R doing the right thing and the rest of us are just being lazy.

This week’s People magazine is FILLED with articles showing us which celebrities (male and female) have the BEST beach ¬†bodies and offers tips on how we can look just like them. It also shows us picture after picture of celebrity moms who were able to regain their hot pre-baby bodies within weeks of giving birth. Thanks People magazine, Lord knows we don’t have enough people trying to sell us unrealistic physical ideals to look up to! How horrible it would be if we weren’t shamed into self-loathing every minute of every friggin’ day!

Again, If an actress feel the need to lose her pregnancy weight right away, I won’t judge her. What I will judge is how the rest of us are made to feel like we should be doing the same thing! For once, I would love to read an interview with one of these moms and have her say, “Yup, I need to lose weight quickly so I started 4 hour workout sessions with my trainer and started following an insanely restrictive diet. It sucks. I felt lousy. But it’s what I needed to do to stay competitive in an industry focused more on image than talent.” THAT, I would respect. However, what we actually hear is¬†how their¬†super quick weight comes from things like: drinking lots¬†of water, doing pilates and taking care of a baby.¬† That may be part of the reason, but it certainly isn’t all of it.

My sons were at the grocery store with me last night when we saw this week’s People magazine at the check out counter. My 13 year old asked, ” Shouldn’t they be thinking about their babies instead?” He then went on to ask me why anyone would put themselves on¬†a diet¬†and not let themselves eat food that they like just to be skinny? he asked, “Why is it so important to be skinny?!” Good question. Being HEALTHY is important. Being¬†skinny? Not so much.

I realize that this is an issue that has been discussed many times and that my frustration with it is hardly unique. But I cannot properly express how disgusted I am with how we’ve managed to let the entertainment industry set the bar for how we’re supposed to look. When did we lose sight of the fact that¬†seeing something on TV or reading about it in a magazine, doesn’t make it TRUE?

Celebrities have to deal with judgemental fans and unrelenting paparazzi just waiting to expose their flaws and that’s pretty lousy. The rest of us don’t have to worry about that, which is a good thing. So why is it that we’re being made to feel that we have to look like they do anyway?

There is NOTHING wrong with choosing to spend more time with our babies than our trainers. Our newbors don’t care about flat stomachs and sculpted biceps, so can’t we just enjoy this time without the nonsense?

Seriously, it really is enough already.

Aaaaarrrggg!!!! It’s not about CALORIES Bloomberg!!

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I feel like my head’s going to explode. I am so frustrated with the way we are consistently confusing health and weight. Skinny is NOT always synonymous with healthy!

While I have no problem with Mayor Bloomberg’s plan on restricting the availability of oversized sugary drinks, I DO have a BIG problem with how he’s doing it. Using CALORIES as a guideline¬†for what’s acceptable is completely unacceptable to me. If he was TRULY concerned about our health, he would be just as concerned with Diet drinks as he is the sugary ones, because, while they are super low in calories, they are super high in dangerous chemicals! How brainwashed and shallow have we¬†been become that we are more concerned with skinny bodies than healthy ones?! Would we really better off if we swapped our super-sized jugs of pop with their Diet versions?!

Obviously the focus here isn’t on how our bodies WORK, but on how they LOOK and that’s why so many people are killing themselves to be thin!

If the mayor wants to help people get healthier and live longer, he needs to start with education..starting with his own. If we could just STOP putting the focus on weight loss and START putting it towards health gain, we might just start to see the changes we all want.

Keep YOUR fat phobia off of MY body!

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/30/2100924/new-york-plans-a-ban-on-big-soda.html

4 million Dollars to lose weight….Seriously Weight Watchers?

So, I just saw the cover of this week’s US magazine where they talk about Jessica Simpson’s 4 Million dollar weight loss deal.

4 Million dollars.(Let’s let that sink in for a second,shall we?)

Apparently, Weight Watchers will give her a little time to enjoy first time motherhood and then it’s time to start melting away those pounds.

Here’s the thing, I don’t have an issue with Weight Watchers, I know people who have used their program to lose weight and speak very positively about it. My issue is with the idea of paying celebrities ridiculopus amounts of money, so they feel obligated to lose the weight and then using them as a way of selling us their product. I assume they figure that the¬†4 million dollars they’re giving to Jessica is nothing compared to the money they’ll make from her commercials. In a few months, we’re going to see Jessica, singing some weightloss inspired jingle (a la Jennifer Hudson), wearing something short and tight telling us how EASY it was to lose all that baby weight with Weight Watchers.

I don’t know Jessica, but I hate the idea of her losing weight on someone else’s timeline under the scrutiny of EVERYONE who will be watching her journey. Watching and judging.

I also don’t really understand the point that Weight Watchers is trying to make. Knowing that they are paying THAT MUCH money for Jessica to use their program doesn’t actually give me all that much faith in it. Is the message supposed to be, “If Jessica Simpson can lose the weight, you can too!”? I’m sorry, but there is very little that most of us WOULDN’T do for a payoff of 4 MILLION DOLLARS. Let’s face it, there are people who would sell their souls for that much money…giving up cupcakes hardly seems like a big deal.

I guess I’m just sick and tired of us celebrating women’s post-baby bodies more than we celebrate their pregnant ones! I’m saddened by the fact that magazines will congratulate expectant celebrities with a few paragraphs before the baby’s born¬†and then take up several pages discussing their weightloss training and diet tips afterwards.

Jessica has more money than she’ll ever need to spend, she doesn’t need this. In my opinion, she should be enjoying this new and exciting phase in her life, she should be enjoying her new daughter and should be taking care of herself on her own terms.

I think we’ve forgotten how much of a miracle pregnancy is. We are actually growing PEOPLE in our bodies! Can’t we ease up a bit on the weight loss pressure and give ourselves a break? Our babies are only babies for a short time; our trainers will be there when we’re ready.

 

 

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