Our culture has a lot of contradiction in it, but nowhere is it more evident than in our body weight. Americans consume more food in unhealthy ways than anywhere else on the globe, but at the same time they glamorize and obsess about their weight to the point that their models become like stick figures because that is some sort of status.
I seem to vaguely remember some cartoon as a child where the point was that each person places status on different levels. To the one group of people, some ugly masks were considered something of status. However, the owners of these masks valued having a lot of weight. The solution, offer peanut butter to those that wanted weight and get the masks! However, even having the masks was foolishness, because in and of themselves they were ugly.
Society has defined our elite, at least as far as women go, as those that have a certain figure. In most cases, it’s an unhealthy figure– one that shows how many ribs you have for everyone to count! We have glorified this, and then we wonder why so many people fail to meet this “ideal.”
The reason that more people don’t look like this poor model here is probably two-fold: 1) Who has the time?! 2) McDonalds.
Seriously– we live in a stressed society. Studies have shown that if we’d sleep longer, have less stress, and actually take our time eating food we’d be healthier, fitter, and have less sickness.
Doctors are now proclaiming that children need less structured activities and more time for play. Why? Because unstructured play leads to more creativity and fun. It leads to less stress and is a better controller of healthy weight.
Instead, we have men and women obsessing about their weight and contributing to it through stress and not getting the proper sleep and exercise. If we’re going to glorify a body type, we should be glorifying one that is healthy and stress free.