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Far too many women these days are trying to lose weight that really shouldn't bother.

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Far too many women these days are trying to lose weight that really shouldn't bother. Beauty is a learned concept and the cultural norm of beauty changes over time. At the turn of the century, the leading sex symbol, Lillian Russell, weighed over 200 pounds. Marilyn Monroe would be considered "overweight" today. The media, advertisers, and the diet industry tend to set the standard of beauty in today's society. We must remember that they are selling us dissatisfaction with our bodies in order to make a profit. Medical reasons aside (life threatening morbid obesity or weight related ailments like Diabetes and heart disease) when it comes to body image, we are almost brainwashed into believing that we are not happy unless we are slim and therefore aesthetically pleasing or physically desirable to the opposite sex. For some being thin, fit, and beautiful is synonymous with love, success, and power. ...read more.

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Many of them have developed eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The truth is that there is no perfect body. It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that certainly applies here. You cannot measure anything of value by weight or dress size. Women's magazines play an important role in the process of socialization. Before the world was told that being fat was wrong, women were praised for their voluptuous bodies. Full breasts and large hips were considered sexy and men chose women with these body types because they were ideal for child bearing. Women are the only creatures that are forced to have a slender figure. Artists throughout history, however, have upheld the previous idea that women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful and to be admired. Advertisers create images that dictate cultural trends indicative of the time. ...read more.

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Being naturally or wanting to be slim is not a crime, what is, is punishing others who aren't slim and choose not to be. There is nothing wrong with someone wanting to lose a little weight for whatever the reason what is wrong believing that slim is all there is and that you can't be happy unless you are. The achievement and maintenance of thinness and beauty is a major female pastime. This endeavour consumes an enormous portion of the females' time, energy and money, leaving her little time for other activities and/or important life issues. But, we as women play a major role in perpetuating our culture's ridiculous ideals by buying into the image with the purchase of the magazines, diet books, beauty books and designer clothes thrust upon us, rather than developing an acceptable, personal idealized image of our own. By refusing to take that responsibility, we indeed perpetuate our own lives of dissatisfaction and self-hatred, and this need not be so. Size Acceptance Ariana Grundy ...read more.

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