Monday, January 07, 2008

What's a decade of your life worth?

In a survey of 1000 women age 18 and older in Fitness Magazine, 21% of respondents said they would trade ten years out of their life if it would allow them to be their ideal body weight.

How very, very sad. Obviously it's not Psychological Fitness Magazine. The anguish inflicted upon overweight women by themselves and by society is far more damaging than any direct impact of excess body fat on their health.

8 comments:

Ellie Hamilton said...

I read something in a weight loss article -- in Readers Digest, I think -- that said X percent of American women (a large percent)stated they would rather eat live bugs than have anyone see them naked.

LBTEPA said...

that is so sad

TxTriSkatemom said...

very sad. I had a long conversation about body image with my 12 year old this weekend...my 12 year old boy. It's not just a female problem, sadly.

There's a whole weight rant I have building that is being fed by all the new year's resolution ads rampant this time of the year, but I haven't gotten riled up enough yet. Sigh.

Shelley said...

Sigh..yes..that is very sad!!

Mommymeepa said...

I read another stat that women wouldn't mind spending a week in jail if it would help them lose weight. How sad!!

I'm overweight because of my lazy habits. I need to lose weight, but if I was told I had to stay the weight I am the rest of my life, but everything else could stay the same I would be fine. I've got a husband who has loved me for 15 years at every size I've been and I've got two great kids that love me and I'm going to be a teacher. I'm so happy with my life that if I never lost another pound I would be fine. I wish more people could accept themselves for who they are. The weightloss for me is just a benefit in my life.

ShirleyPerly said...

Sounds sad at first but I think quality of life is more important than quantity of life. Regardless of my weight, I think I'd rather live happy for X years than sad for X+10.

BTW, Happy New Year!

Ellie Hamilton said...

Hmm, interesting way to look at it, Shirley! I think you have a point.

And I was going to bring up the thing Mommymeepa noted, how women would spend a week in jail if it would get them their ideal body weight. When I heard that on TV, I thought, "Hmmm... jail... one week... with TV, meals, probably a weight room or something, one week... yeah, I might go for that, if it would somehow guarantee me to reach and maintain my ideal weight." Call me crazy.

I draw the line at eating live bugs, though.

Carlene said...

For me, being overweight is only part of the problem. Changing sizes almost daily and finding comfortable while still flattering clothes to wear are the other part.

If I could settle into one size and body shape, even if it was my current one that I'm not 100% fond of, that would be far better than this constant shifting around stuff. At least then I'd have a fighting chance to find clothes that work. (Heck these days you can't even find high rise pants anymore. ACK!)