I’d just like to take a moment to talk about this January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine.
At first, it seems like your normal magazine cover — beautiful celebrity on the front, the same basic three articles about sex, hair, and fashion. But then, there’s that hidden article on the left side, nearly invisible as it’s written in pink over grey. Let me single it out for you:
"Are ‘Healthy Foods’ Making You Gain Weight?" I don’t think I’ve ever been so sickened by an article title. And of course, it’s in an issue where Anne Hathaway talks about struggling with her weight and body image, and blames most of her insecurity on how the media and general public scrutinizes her 24/7.
Not to mention, this is right after Les Miserables premiered, where Anne lost a bunch of weight in order to portray a starving, dying woman, and then everyone started asking her what sort of diet she went on to attain that kind of physique (which Anne handled gracefully, as she always does).
NEWS FLASH: GAINING WEIGHT CAN BE HEALTHY. LOSING WEIGHT CAN BE UNHEALTHY. Shockingly, a number on a scale does not 100% correlate to how healthy or unhealthy a person is!
Yeah, this magazine is from a year ago, but I just got back from the dentist, where this issue was on display. I’ve also been inundated from all areas of my life (my mom, work, TV, emails from Panera bread) incessantly talking about how important weight loss is for the new year, and how bad gaining weight is, and how losing weight is the only way you can be worth anything.
Well I am here to tell you the opposite. Losing weight is not your life’s purpose. Gaining weight is not inherently bad. The only thing that is important is making sure you’re treating your body with all the respect it deserves (and it deserves a LOT because let’s face it, you’re awesome).