Are we obsessed with our body image?

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22/10/2003 at 20:42
22/10/2003 at 20:59
Interesting article TallGal, I guess alot of people think their lives will be better if they were thinner. I've been fat, I've been thin, I've been in the middle and its hasn't made that much difference apart from it being very difficult to find nice clothes if you are fat.

But most people always praise you if you look as though you have lost weight and admire this fact.
22/10/2003 at 21:13
I suppose.

But you don't live your life obsessed by thiness, do you? I'm very curious as to what will push a person to anorexia and bulimia.
22/10/2003 at 21:20
anorexia and bulimia are two psychological problems I really don't know enough about to comment but I think they tend to be perfectionists.
22/10/2003 at 21:25
So you don't think society's 'enforcement' on women to be a size 0 is to blame?
22/10/2003 at 21:37
i think the pressure on women in the public eye to look a certain way does put some pressure on other women to look the same - i think it is worst when teenagers and younger become pressured into looking a certain way because they are missing out on so much by trying to squeeze themsleves into the identikit 'boxes' that are given as image role models

im always interested to watch tv progs that use presenters like news - the women are often very attractive and look similar - whereas there are plenty of overweight and unattractive men reading the news etc -but women who are adjudged to be overweight or unnatractive get a lot of negative comments
22/10/2003 at 21:38
anorexia and bulimia are different although they can start with a desire to change size and shape but are definitely serious psychological problems
22/10/2003 at 21:39
Bulimia is nothing to do with size presures
its a personality disorder thats a bit differet
im drinking and spending to much
22/10/2003 at 21:40
I agree with Bune there are alot of very thin women on TV which gives the idea this is normal.
22/10/2003 at 21:40
So right about the old, overweight men!!!

I'm yet to see an over-60 woman, looking every bit her age as a newscaster, that will be the day!!!

Well, I want to lose weight, but anorexia???
Could never happen to me.
22/10/2003 at 21:47
youve probably got too strong a personality to fall into anorexia TG - i think anorexics have a lot of difficult issues going on that they can only manage thru an eating disorder

having been borderline bulimic -i think self image can come into it - i ate to mange feelings - binges were a way of pushing away anxiety - and vomiting was a way of making sure that i didnt gain any more weight

plug and purge
22/10/2003 at 21:51
oh dear!!!

What do you think about this one then? Apparently, men find larger women attractive. This is news to me.

Big Lassws
22/10/2003 at 21:54
thats old news!

doesnt help at all though does it

22/10/2003 at 22:02
one theory about why models tend to be thin is that most of the top designers are gay men who's designs would be more suited to young men's shape than womens and as the fashion industry leads (along with music, film and media) trends on the high street follow
22/10/2003 at 22:08
one thing that really P155es me off is womens sports wear - the largest size most brands do tend s to be a 16 - but a skinny 16 -

dont they think that bigger built women do sport at all - womens running gear is just as bad - not every woman who runs is built like Paula - youd think that an industry that is aimed at peeps who exercise to lose weight and get fitter would take into account the real sizes of the customers
22/10/2003 at 22:13
Tell me about it. I had to make do with men's tracksuits for running till I lost a stone.
22/10/2003 at 22:14
i still wear mens stuff o top

22/10/2003 at 22:15
Even then, all the size 16 stuff happened to be labelled XL!!! I thought, 'damn, how thin does a gal have to be get a L?'
22/10/2003 at 22:17
ive been XL for 10 years
22/10/2003 at 22:21
And you do marathons more than any XL I know!!!
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