Extreme Health fanatics are driving away the people that need the most help with the catchy article titles below:
“Five foods to NEVER EAT EVER!”
” Eat this and your kids will have cancer for sure! ”
” What are you feeding your child? ?? They are destined to be drug addicts!”
“Hey! You want flat abs?? buy these teeny tiny portioned containers and you will achieve the success you have always imagined!”
Yes. I’ve embellished a bit, but sadly , I haven’t embellished too much with my titles.
Health is a mind-body connection and an inside to the outside job. If the health /wellness /fitness industry used their 50 billion* dollars a year on promoting a solution for the overall mind-body connection on how to develop a healthy relationship with food, we would see a major shift in health problems linked to obesity or poor lifestyle choices.
Please stop equating a ripped stomach, cellulite free , and insanely muscular person, as the epitome of health. Every day I see food-policing-posts and medical-black-ops blogs via the interwebs and it must drive eating-disordered behavior because people truly believe that these “opinions” are FACTS.
I wish someone would do a study on the link between a person who scours the internet for tips on weight loss or how to shed those last 5 lbs, and eating disorders. There must be a scary link between people who follow unrealistic body imagery with misguided enthusistic “eat-this-not that” and disordered eating and exercise habits. From my experience, scouring fitness magazines and hanging with people who exercised obessively, fueled my 80 lb-track-running-frame.
For example, I just saw a fitness person post – she ate 15 or 20
” health cookies” in one sitting and it was “ok” because she had “flat abs” a gazzilion followers applauding this logic. I also saw another fitness person post an image of a child smoking , equating this to giving a child sugar. This “shock and awe”, unrealistic- body imagery sends a message that is sure to confuse the vulnerable or the person who has tried everything else and needs to be plastered with a “call you action”.
Sadly, it’s this type of unbalanced, injudicious message that brings in the most bank and publicity.
I ranged 20 -40 bs lighter (anorexic for a time ) drinking diet soda, way too much booze and smoking cigarettes. Oh and I ran a shit ton of miles. When I wasn’t anorexic, I was asked if I was a professional athlete or a ballet dancer. When we use weight and outward body appearance as the only measurement of health it’s like judging a car’s safety by its exterior appearance.
Typically my posts are more light hearted and funny. Honestly, I am 43, my wieght has fluctuated a bit recently and I’m just so f…ING tired of seeing this shit on the Interwebs over and over again, because it makes me feel bad for having love handles for the 2nd time in my life (1st time. I was a baby…OK maybe I had them after babies too :))
I really try to hold back on “ranting” but a close friend of mine told me that she finds writing out her grievances , even in a public forum , to be cathartic. I go back and forth between being
open and honest to covering up some of my “pain” with laughter……. Therefore, please be thankful I’m not blogging my journal entries. ☺
*I’m guessing, but I have written on this topic before and it’s very close to that number and I’m too laden down my bad eating habits to go look it up right now.😬
This blog is like the ridiculous sweater I bought at Anthropologie a few years ago. It was on sale and the sales lady told me "it looks awesome on you." It's the most bizarre sweater, and whether it looked good on me or not, is highly debatable. Like these blogs, I look at them at say "Yeesh, what was I thinking,," or laugh or bath in their cathartic qualities. The sweater stays for the same reasons.