Th(P)in-trist

I am almost the same weight as I was in High School!   I’m down to 149.  Crazy and I won’t bore you with the details of how my body has changed.  I have been taking medication for high blood pressure (very high) since I was in my late 2o’s.  I started taking low doses of insulin for glucose issues I have have las year and know how bad my hearing is!   This last year I finally put in a real effort to adjust my diet to see if I could control the above issues with diet and exercise.  At least one positive result: I’ve lost about 10 pounds of fat.  But oh how I miss some of that food!

Not everyone loses weight for health reasons. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that thin-is-in, for both men and women.  Every magazine, movie & TV show goes to great lengths (and little clothes) to show how little (if any) fat “attractive” people carry around.   Notice their are tons of  “diets” to help you loose weight in no time BUT not a single bestseller on: “How to Put Pound On”?  

It was not always this way.  Look at Renaissance art.  The lades aren’t exactly thin!   They all carry extra weight.  Why?  Being thin was a sign of poor heath and didn’t give the appearance of being robust for bearing children or for being able to do difficult domestic work.

It seems beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder but more what culture you live in.

For my years in working with girls I know the social pressure most girls feel to “fit in”.  The reality is not every girl is a size 2.  In fact few are and for the vast majority of girls being ultra thin is not an option and more importantly is not a healthy option.  God loves diversity and we see that in all of creation, all things come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  So it is with people.  If we could learn to celebrate those differences we’d be healthier people and it would be easier to live with peace with ourselves.

Stepanie Smith from Relevant Magaize wrote a good article about what she sees as a dangerous trent on Pintrest of pinning what she calls “thinspiration”.  It worth reading.

I’d love to hear you thoughts.

Check it out here:  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/thinspiration

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