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Weight Issue is a Global Issue

I read this article and I thought I should let you read the best part first.

“In the United States, you see all these beautiful skinny people on television, and yet Americans keep getting fatter anyway,” said Sasaki, the public health expert at Tokyo University. “Why is that?”

I’m not going to lie. It made me chuckle. But why is that? It’s a fairly relative point. We do see these gorgeous, anorexic, air brushed women spread all throughout the media and society claims that this is the look we aim to achieve so why is 35% of American women obese? Do we as Americans eat our feelings when we see these women we will probably never look like?

Japanese women look at these women in tabloids and she it as encouragement and motivation. 70-year-old Michie Takagi has a body mass index of 19.9 and she thinks that she is fat. Your BMI is your weight in relation to your height. A BMI of 19.9 is around 90 pounds.

“Middle-aged women have the mistaken view that they are all getting fat,” said Satoshi Sasaki, a professor of preventive epidemiology at the University of Tokyo School of Public Health.

They have a completely different outlook in Japan. We worry about men judging our bodies. Japanese women are more critical of each other’s bodies.

Do we not do that, notice how much weight someone has lost or gained? Are we not envious when we see they’ve shed pounds?

“But the real reason why women want to be thin is so they can look at themselves in the mirror and compare themselves to other women,” said Sakiko Ohno, a cosmetics wholesaler in Tokyo.

“They want other people to be fatter than themselves. It is complicated, competitive and so subtle. The critical eye is ubiquitous,” said Hisako Watanabe, a child psychiatrist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

“There is a pervasive habit among women to monitor each other with a serious sharp eye to see what kind of slimness they have,” said Watanabe.

Maybe if we all knew each other personally than we wouldn’t be so critical of the exterior? So much for that. I don’t think people should try to lose weight for anyone but themselves.

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Never a Bare Face

I love it when people jump at the chance to comment on celebrities without makeup.

Do you think that female celebrities should look there very best all the time?

They already have to deal with people critiquing their red carpet outfits, an event they often spend thousands of dollars to look there very best and yet people are still eager to see them when the glam fades away.

A top story for Us Magazine today was See what Beyonce looks like without makeup.

Apparently people’s flaws are at the top of our interest list.

I don’t know about you. But I think she looks pretty cute for just crawling out of bed. I like looking in the mirror in the morning and checking out my crazy bed head. I applaud her even more for walking outside and flashing the paparazzi a huge smile!

I enjoy seeing celebrities in their own skin and seeing that they can look beautiful even without their hair and makeup done. I’d hate having to put on makeup and do my hair everyday, it’s such a waste of time and energy.

But we must expect to keep up appearances though, aren’t we now?

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