Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

tumblr_lvasahISIO1r5xqrdo1_250The Government are constantly drilling into our heads that the UK has a significant large number of obese people.  They have drilled this concept into our schools with Jamie Olivers healthy school eating campaign.  But the point I am raising is that Britain is weight obsessed.

Both men and women are victims of the weight criticisms.  The idealistic view that men have to be a pop-eye, mister muscle replicas, and women the forever gorgeous bimbo that is Barbie.  But in actual fact the fashion conscious, boy obsessed doll is a fabrication of what girls could look like.  Not even anorexic girls can compete with her 7’2” height, a weight of just 101lbs, size 4 dress, breast size FF cup, waist size 19” (same as her head), hip size 33”, shoe size 5.  Because so small if Barbie were a real woman she would only have room for half a liver and a few inches of intestines.  This would result in chronic diarrhea and death from malnutrition and malabsorption.  Barbie would also struggle to actually hold her head up as her neck is twice as long as the average humans.  Her legs are 50% longer than her arms and she would have to walk on all fours as her feet are so disproportionately small, her large chest would bring her forward onto her toes.  But although Barbie wasn’t produced to be a replica of woman she was manufactured to be a role model, something girls wanted to aspire to be.

In relation to weight in woman, girls are often ridiculed by their size not only by men but also other females.  A girls weight is a sensitive issue to many women, an unhealthy view of their weight could isolate them from the outside world, effect their confidence and make them feel unappreciated and unhappy.  Diets are advertised exploiting women’s self consciousness and thin celebrities in the media often ridiculed for a little cellulite on their thighs.  whilst shopping yesterday in my local mall with my equally as curvy friend, we entered the high streets favorite shops; Primark, Topshop, Ark, Zoo etc.  Trying on dresses, skirts and tops clearly made for the idealistic woman with a tiny waist, small boobs and a size 6 arse.  My friend and I who are big boobed, size 10’s with voluptuous hips felt humiliated trying on items that made us look even bigger than we were.  It seems that the size you are is everything.  You never see models or mannequins with child bearing hips, chunky thighs, a big booty and wearing a size 14 dress.  I understand that particular shops have been designed for the bigger woman and that a skimpy dress can come in a size 20.  But why would a woman at size 20 wear a skimpy dress made for a size 6 model… Weight shouldn’t be something that is ridiculed, we should be taught that people come in all shapes and sizes and should be appreciated for being the size that they are.

Men love curvy women according to many magazine articles, but the realistic truth is that men love women with a little shape rather than a “chocolate bar” figure.  But is this true? Do you see a big boned woman holding hands with a handsome George Cloony look a like?  Maybe if society adopts a different view of women that are plus sizes maybe males would feel inclined to pursue a more big busted woman.  So… is beauty really in the eye of the beholder or is it that society has influenced our opinion on people’s weight?

The truth is as long as your healthy, happy and confident why should we listen to the negative views of how you should look and the stereotypes people set for us.  Every woman is different and not made to be model size.  Enjoy your life, indulge in some chocolate every now and then and learn to be confident with the body that you have been given.  Society will realise eventually that size isn’t everything.

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