Saturday, April 30, 2011

SIZE ZERO


“Mirror mirror on the wall, tell me who is the slimmest?” That is what a modern girl asks her mirror. Yes, thin is in, at least for the people with money. The trend fortunately has not caught up with the less fortunate ones. If you ask your maid they will still say, just like your mom, that thin makes you look sick. But that is not how most teenagers think. It is size zero that makes them look sexy, just like their fashion icons. There are many successful models whose body fat is much below the healthy 22-26%. The craze of size zero made models Luisel Ramos and Ana Carolina Reston starve themselves to death (heard of Anorexia nervosa?). The craze also got into actresses like Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Keira Knightly, Mischa Barton, Kareena Kapoor and now Katrina Kaif. But girls, really, is it worth it?

When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have!  We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.  ~Woody Allen

Some times I wonder what made the girls go thin. Is it some kind of a feminist movement just like the times when they started cutting their hairs short, dress up like boys, burnt their bras (I guess that was a myth) and even tried body building? If it is a fashion statement then I think they must be out of their minds! No guy will find a skeleton sexy! If Aryabhatta realized that girls would go fanatical about zero this way, he would have never invented it.

A recent survey has shown that around 95% women living in cities aged between 18 and 64 were unhappy with their looks. Yes, that is what drives the billion dollar industry of fashion, cosmetics and fitness. If suddenly all women found themselves beautiful the entire economy would collapse and the world would go into another phase of recession. This is what the fashion industry is trying to take advantage of and creating a craze for size-zero. But the reality is that a crash diet not only makes you look ugly, it also makes you sick.

Being obese might not be good for your health, but being thin is even worse. Studies have shown that a thin less active person is twice as likely to die as a fat active person. It is somewhere between size zero and shape zero that one would like to be. That little extra bit of fat does not hurt. Think of it this way…there would be more of you to love! So, love your extra self and be happy.

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25 comments:

  1. Vishnu KamisettyJune 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Wow man, some nice lines there! I can totally comply on what you say. 
    "No man would love a skeleton" and "Aryabhatta inventing zero" - funny

    It is in the lines of feminism that they think.

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  2. Thanks Larry...good to have your views!

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  3. Being a healthy lifestyle blogger and fitness club owner, i agree totally with this article. Don't be driven to lose so much weight that your life becomes obsessed. Find the size you are comfortable with. Just lead a healthy lifestyle, eat well and healthily, exercise hard but sensibly

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  4. Thanks a lot Yelena :-)...I'm glad you liked it...

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  5. Thanks a lot Yelena :-)...I'm glad you liked it...

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  6. thanks :-)...
    my mom is also a yoga teacher....i learnt a bit about fitness from her :-)

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  7. Thanks Anshul....yea...shocked me too!!! :-)
    I am glad that you liked the post :-)

    Cheers!
    SUB

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  8. lol Chintan....key word is fitness...as long as one is fit life is good....
    from your pics in your post i can make out that u r slim, but definitely no as thin as a skeleton...but i have seen girls who are...i still think there girls are real, it is just that they live in an unreal world of their own!!!

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  9. believe me...no guy likes a skeleton...enjoy your fav dishes :-)
    thanks...

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  10. yes...absolutely :-)...thanks Arti...

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  11. this is a good article, enjoyed reading it very much, tnx :D

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  12. Ah! you are so true :D ya.. aryabhatta would never invent a zero .. !! LOL =))
    And even I feel d same.. "Why girls worry abt der skinny body? Do guys like skeletons?"
    Fine, I found dat u dont like finally :P
    And i thank god for giving me dis perfect body :)
    I never diet so seriously...!! but i maintain my calories :D :D

    A very good post for today's teenagers.. :)

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  13. Perfect! Starving never made anyone beautiful...Its always helps to eat what you love keeping moderation as the key.

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  14. Think I"ll go and have another slice of cheescake! But agree, dieting never works, a change in lifestyle does.

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  15. Aryabhatta :-) i wear size zero denims but i eat every veg shite on earth. I think real women eat and they dont care what the trends are. Eat well exercise well. By the way...i do like toned slim bodies :-) would not be able to cope with fat body...but am not obsessed....most of what you mentioned is true. Once pooja bhatt said....men like meat. Dogs like bones :-) i am sure i eat more butter and desi ghee.than you do :-P

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  16. Good Lord! 96% of city girls ? I sincerely feel happy that most of India still dwells in rural India :P

    Skinny ain't sexy, healthy is.

    Nice post!

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  17. Absolutely well said. I am a fitness professional and who knows it better than me. Your article is bang on.

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  18. the last line "more of you to love" was good !! :)

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  19. hmm....Though I'm size zero ( rather born size zero ) I loved this post...Girls...are you listening? Be fitness conscious but not at the cost of losing your health.. Don't forget, health is wealth :)

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  20. yes..true...do not let others make business at the cost of your health...

    Cheers!
    SUB

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