Saturday, April 10, 2010

THIS is what's wrong with our world today

Well, it's one of many things...

This article was in the Dec/Jan 2010 issue of Parenting magazine. It's talking about New Year's resolutions and how people are really bad at keeping them, blah, blah, etc etc. The first typical resolution, as you can imagine by looking at the picture, is about losing weight. Look at this girl....

No really look at her.

 Now granted, I wouldn't mind that body. I want to be thinner than I am (obviously, based on my ealier post). However...this is what we are showing to new mothers (and anyone else looking at the magazine) and making them think this is a standard? THIS is a girl who is (or should be) concerned about keeping her New Year's resolution to lose weight??
 I know I know, you're thinking, "Well, Stephanie, you just said that you want to look like that and you want to lose 15 more pounds". Yes, I did, but this is coming from a girl who used to wear a size 5. Besides my pregnancy weight gain (and a year in high school when my body was all messed up after a car accident and I gained a little weight), I've mainly been on the thinner side. I've been very blessed that way and I'm very thankful for that. But not everyone has that body type and not everyone should. It would not be healthy for many people to try and attain a size 4 (it may not even be healthy for me!) Besides, not all men like smaller women and that's a great thing. But even as a smaller(ish) person, I find this picture rather appalling.

It's just sad. No wonder girls are so thin wonder.


  1. I would cut off my right arm if that girl in the picture had ever even *thought* about being pregnant. What a crock.

  2. ITA with everything and ditto Kerry.

    Have you seen the Shape of a Mother website? That's what women should check out after having a baby.

  3. I'm with Kerry--there's no way she's had kids. The Shape of a Mother website really is great. They have women of all different sizes & shapes who proudly wear their "battle scars" (as the hubby calls stretch marks) and it's inspiring.

  4. I'm so glad that I found your blog! Yay!

  5. That is crazy. I have a sil that is so skinny. She has struggled a bit with getting pg and I wonder if she is too tiny. Sometimes weight is a good thing.